Work experience and internships advice
Big graduate employers often offer structured internships and recruit students who perform well directly onto their graduate programmes – but these schemes are competitive so make sure you apply in good time.
Top tips on being successful when you apply for work experience or an internship. In many cases employers are looking for potential future graduate employees when recruiting students for their placement schemes.
There are small and medium-sized companies in every career sector all over the country, so don’t limit your work experience options by overlooking them.
Your final year will be busy, so take some pressure off yourself and get a head start by considering your graduate career options, exploring work experience opportunities and adding to your employability skills now.
If you want to be a high-flier, or simply have an interest in a specific career route, bear in mind that there are some graduate careers you need to start thinking about early: get started now to put yourself on track for success in sectors like banking, law and journalism.
A summer placement is a great head start in the competition for graduate jobs.
However much you have to offer an employer, you can spoil your chances by making the kind of mistakes recruiters find it hard to ignore.
Work experience gives you an advantage when applying for a permanent job. Don’t just take our word for it – it’s what recruiters and employers think too.