Preparing for your future, Recruiters, What's On, Work Experience

Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week – the secret to getting ahead in your quest for your dream job.

Kirsty McCaig, Employer Liaison Manager explains why Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering are vital in securing a graduate job …


The Christmas festivities are well and truly over, the stress of exams will soon be a distant memory and the Spring Term is in full swing, so what to do now? If you’re in your first or second year now is the perfect time to start thinking about securing an internship or work experience placement. 


Getting some work experience or an internship is a vital way for you to narrow down your career choice if you haven’t yet decided what it is you think you would like to do. It is also a key way to get ahead of the competition when it comes to securing a graduate job.


Did you know that in 2014 37% of vacancies at top graduate employers were filled by graduates who had already worked for that employer? 


The High Fliers Research Report “The Graduate Market in 2014”, also reported that nearly half the recruiters who took part in the High Fliers Graduate Market research repeated their warnings from previous years – that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes.


So many students leave thinking about their future career until right before graduation, not realising how vitally important gaining relevant work experience is to getting that dream job. By working as an intern within an organisation, not only will you have a wealth of experience to talk about in your applications and interviews, if you work hard and do well as an intern that organisation is three times more likely to offer you a permanent position down the line.


Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week


In order to help you secure that all important placement, we are running Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week from 25th – 28th January in the Students’ Union.


Throughout the week top graduate recruiters such as PWC, L’oreal, Teach First, Enterprise Rent a Car and Santander will be holding presentations and workshops to give you top tips and advice. From learning how to succeed in applications, psychometric testing and assessment centres to gaining commercial awareness, there is a massive range of topics to choose from.


Alongside the top graduate recruiters, the careers and employability team will be on hand delivering sessions and workshops, providing advice and CV clinics and helping you make the next step.


The finale of the week is the Internship, Work Experience and Volunteering Fair in the Great Hall on 28th January. Here you will be able to meet a range of organisations, from huge blue chip companies to charities and volunteering organisations, all of whom have opportunities for Cardiff University Students.   You can use some of the skills you have learnt over the week to network, find out more about what’s on offer and decide what you are going to go for.


Details of all of the sessions are available to book on your careers account. The whole week will be open to all students and held in the Students’ Union (4th floor for the presentations and workshops, Great Hall for the Fair).


Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn from top graduate recruiters who know exactly what employers are looking for, meet with a wide range of organisations looking for students just like you to fill their Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering placements and give yourself that competitive edge when it comes to securing a job after university.


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Good luck and we can’t wait to meet you all!


Best wishes

Kirsty McCaig
Employer Liaison Manager, Careers & Employability


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