Welcome to 7 Secret Sundays!
This is part 2 of our ‘reveal all’ mini blog series. Here, we give you the hints, tips and insider secrets of studying abroad.
Getting A Work Placement / Internship
This week is all about how to secure that all-important work placement during your studies.
This is one thing most students show an interest in but often fail to secure.
So I’m going to tell you why a student may fail in securing a placement, and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Don’t listen to the ‘haters’
1. What is a placement year / internship?
A placement year is an opportunity for you to spend a year gaining valuable work experience during your time at University.
Not all courses come with a placement option and most placement options are not guaranteed.
The placement year is usually sandwiched into your course.
For Bachelors, you will complete year 1 and 2, do your placement and then return to complete your final year.
Masters’ work the same way, but, you will complete semester 1 and 2, go off to your placement and then return to complete semester 3.
Placements are paid and you can be based anywhere in the UK!
2. Don’t listen to the ‘haters’.
If you are part of Facebook groups, Reddit or any other kind of international student forum, you’ll find a ‘hater’.
These are the students that have or are currently studying in the UK and they will say things like:
“You won’t get a placement”
“The university will not help you”.
Having worked in a university, I’m here to tell you, that is all lies!
The next 5 points will show you how to secure a placement year.
3. Speak to the Placement Team.
One thing most students do not do is speak to their faculty placement team.
The placement team will have placements ready for you to apply for.
Do this as early as you can in the year!
4. Get help with your CV
The Placement team or employability team at the university will help you write your CV/Resumé.
Yes, you may already have a CV, but you need to tailor it to the UK market.
Get help from the experts and you’ll already be one step ahead.
5. Practice your interview technique
Again, this is one thing most students overlook.
Practice your interview technique.
UK employers will be different from what you’re used to, so, get some practice in.
There will be resources for you at the university - use them. Also, Youtube has plenty of videos on how you can improve your interview technique.