Make the most of it! Some tips in a Guardian article should give you an idea of what to do before and while you’re working as an intern or out on placement.
you may decide you would like some help from the PCC. So, get in touch.
How do you find our contact details? Look at www.brunel.ac.uk/services/pcc/contact-us/people or call the Careers Team on 01895 266840 or the Placement Team on 01895 266841.
Looking for part-time or vacation work?
- Jobs Board
- Looking for local employment
- Working in UK regions
- Finding work experience
- Festival/Events work
- Working internationally: Voluntary work
- Using recruitment agencies
Although it might not feel like it yet exams will soon be over for another year, but what will you be doing with your summer?
Of course a break after the stress of exams and deadlines is well deserved but, after a week or two in the sun, what’s next? With more than 12 weeks of free time don’t waste it! It’s an excellent opportunity to broaden your skills and gain some work experience while earning some extra cash to bump up your finances for next year.
Free time over the summer gives you a chance to gain the work experience that is so valued by recruiters. If you plan to do a placement, showing an employer that you have used your summer to acquire new skills, or perhaps been responsible for a project or developing a new system will go miles in your applications – let alone give you something real to talk about during your interviews! You may even get a placement out of it for next year or a job after you’ve graduated!
You can still decide to take a placement year – just contact your Placement Officer. You can keep looking until September!
Have you already decided you’re not going to do a placement? Then getting work experience under your belt is even more essential. Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes: who would you employ if you could choose between a graduate with no experience or someone who has built up a strong portfolio? Recruiters want to see that you can apply your academic learning in the work environment and the best way is through work experience!
So where can you find all these opportunities for the summer?
- Check out the PCC vacancies at www.brunel.ac.uk/pcc/vacancies. We have many opportunities for summer working from local firms to larger corporate organisations based around Uxbridge
- www.topinternships.com is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate internships as well as placements. You can find other resources on our website: Exploring career options, Finding work experience, and Working in UK regions
- Use your contacts. A survey conducted by the PCC showed us that many students gain work through friends and family!
- Volunteer. Brunel Volunteers have many projects going on over the summer – use your time to get involved in community projects http://brunelvolunteers.com.
If you need help with deciding what to do, your job applications or your interview style and practice while you’re working over the summer, we are too – drop in to the PCC (1st floor, Bannerman Centre), or visit our website for advice/information or to find our contact details.
- Level 2 student with the option to take up a placement year?
- Not decided yet whether it’s right for you?
- Would you like to find out what’s involved and how work experience will benefit you when you leave uni?
So, who are we? We’re the Placement and Careers Centre – known for short as the PCC – part of the School of Professional Development.
How can we help you? We can:
- Give you CV examples and review your CV once you’ve written it
- Check your cover letter/email
- Help you with your job search – whether it’s work experience, or a part-time, placement, internship, or graduate opportunity
- Talk through your career options – whether you’ve already decided what you want to do or have no idea
- Help with your questions about postgraduate study
- Help you to prepare for interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres
- and ???
Just come in and ask… You can find us on the 1st Floor in the Bannerman Centre – come in the main Library entrance and up the stairs in front of the Student Centre.
- ThirdYearAbroad.com is a network to support students who study, work or volunteer abroad during their degree; articles are written by and for university students to give up-to-date information, help and advice to make the whole process less scary
- TYAAnswers.com Questions about studying and working abroad during your degree