The pre placement stage of your work placement experience is a vital first step in achieving an opportunity that is right for you and your fledgling graduate career. By researching your opportunities thoroughly, managing your applications, preparing your CV and becoming aware of what you want and need to get out of your placement you can have an amazing time that will help you gain valuable experience and edge in gaining graduate employment in a highly competitive international jobs market.
Pre Placement Guide
The Pre Placement Guide gives you information on:
- Things to Consider (finances, links to key websites for sourcing placements)
- Student Disability Placement Advice
- Applications (including CV, covering letters, application forms (including an Work Placement Summary and Reflection Form)
- Placement Selection Process (including assessment centres, Psychometric & Ability Tests and interviews hints and tips)
- Pre Placement Preparation (Skills Analysis, SWOT analysis, reflective learning, Overseas Placements Checklist)
- Accepting an offer
- Accommodation Some useful sites for searching for accommodation for placements
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There is a range of resources available to help you undertake a work placement:
Targetjobs: Internships 2015
Targetjobs have produced an online version of their Internships 2015 guide. You can also access Targetjobs to help you with hunting for graduate jobs and developing your employability skills.
Top Undergraduate Employers 2015-2016 (Rate my placement)
You can download a guide about the top 100UG employers.
Find Undergraduate Student Placements, Internships, Work Experience and Insights here
Careers and Employability Support
Writing your CV
Many employers will ask you to submit a CV when you apply for a placement opportunity. A CV is a document which summarises your skills, qualifications and work experience to date.
Our Careers Consultants have written a guide called 'Creating Your CV' which will help you to write and check your CV.
You may also wish to attend a CV Workshop, where you can pick up further tips and advice on putting together your CV.
Information on CV workshops and CV Check Appointments can be found on Improve Your CV webpage.
Completing Application Forms
You may need to complete an application form to apply for a placement opportunity. Make a copy of the application form and use our 'Application Forms' guide to help you.
If you feel you need to speak to a Careers Consultant on a one-to-one basis about the applications you are making, you can call into a Careers Appointment, where you will be seen on a 1-1 basis for 20 minutes and no appointment is necessary or you can book an appointment, up to one week in advance with a Careers Consultant, to book please contact us on 0161 295 0023.
Reading our 'Interviews' guide will help you prepare yourself for interviews. You can also book a mock interview with a Careers Consultant to help you practise (ring 0161 295 5088).
Careers Consultant Appointments
Any current students or graduates of the University can book an appointment to see a Careers Consultant to discuss their application form, personal statement, interview skills and career planning. A Careers Consultant will listen to your ideas, help you identify your strengths, weaknesses and skills and assist you in relating all of these things to the world of work. You can make appointments by calling 0161 295 0023 or booking online.
Careers and Employability run regular workshops covering everything from writing a CV to making speculative job applications to impressing employers in interview. Details of the sessions can be found here.