If you’ve not found work experience ( paid, voluntary or work shadowing) over summer yet – it’s time to get on it!
Many of you will go home over Easter or visit friends & family – it’s time to use those networks to help you. Yes really… these people are your network, where do they work, who do they know, who are their neighbours, friends etc and where do they work? You’d be surprised who knows whom!
You don’t have to give them the hard sell initially, just say you are looking to get some experience over summer. They are bound to want a bit more information so …
- What do you want to do? Are you looking for a particular industry or job role?
- Do you want to gain some particular skills or knowledge?
- Are you only looking for paid work?
- Would you consider volunteering with a charity?
- How about a few days or weeks work shadowing?
- When are you available?
Have a CV ready that reflects what you are looking for i.e. demonstrating relevant skills
You are asking for help so don’t be too picky or disregard opportunities that don’t match your ideal. Have a chat / exchange emails and think about what you would get out of the opportunity. Real commercial experience of how any business works can be valuable.
Consider doing a few different things with your summer.
Employers are realists they know that many students need to work over summer to earn money and not everyone can or would want to intern in the Big 4!
So don’t worry if you have a job in a coffee shop or bar, that’s life, but you could consider doing some volunteering or work shadowing for a short period just to pick up some different skills too.
Get out and about this Easter.
If you want a job over summer and are going to be in that location at Easter – go out and ask!
- Ask friends / family in advance if they have seen anywhere advertising for summer jobs. Brush up your CV and head down there neatly dressed to make a good impression.
- Go on a reconnaissance mission – head down the high street, ask at tourist attractions, hotels and leisure centres. Garden centres also often take on extra summer staff. What about summer schools and kids clubs?
If they don’t have any opportunities no big deal, keep going.
- Make an effort to tailor your CV so the recruiter can clearly see you have relevant skills and or experience.
- Keep checking advertised vacancies on CareersLink plus other sites
- If you are a pre final year student and could stay in Manchester this summer consider Student Experience Internships – SEI or Q Step
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