By Joanna Duffus, Careers Advisor
So, you’ve submitted all your coursework and your exams are finally over. Time to relax and enjoy the summer sun? Of course you can, even though there isn’t much sun to enjoy here in London! If you are doing an internship or work experience I hope you are enjoying it as well as gaining invaluable skills and contacts.
Whatever stage you’re at in your studies, now is the perfect time to research sectors and companies as well as their internship and graduate opportunities. There is plenty to keep you occupied and ahead of the recruitment game.
Insight and Career Information Days
Companies such as Oliver Wyman and PwC are running events in July and August which are fantastic opportunities to meet staff and make a good impression. Ensure you are fully prepared by researching the company and role you’re interested in so you can ask intelligent questions to help you enhance your application. These are often used by employers as a way of identifying talent early on in the application process.
First and second year students
If you’re looking to work within the financial or consultancy sectors, I would encourage you to focus on Taster Days and Insight Programmes. They could involve a range of activities including trading games, case studies, presentations and panel discussions aimed at giving you a realistic overview of work you may do as a graduate. If you prove yourself, you may be fast tracked onto an internship programme the following year. In other sectors, these opportunities are not widely publicised so approach them speculatively to enquire whether they can accommodate you.
Penultimate, final year and Masters students
By now it is likely you may have several internships behind you so you should be sourcing your first (post) graduate level position. All experiences, whether professional, voluntary or extracurricular, offer transferrable skills sought by all employers.
Be aware of forthcoming deadlines
Pay close attention to company websites and the deadlines they have for their various schemes. Although some are as early as September, the majority of graduate schemes close before Christmas, whereas internships generally close from mid-November onwards.
The Careers and Business Relations department is here to help over the summer with advice regarding career options or assistance with your CV, cover letters, application forms or interview preparation. Check our Vacancies Board through Blackboard or the extranet for various opportunities available this summer.