5 Benefits an Internship Will Give You

 

To intern or not to intern? That is the question many soon-to-be or recent graduates keep asking themselves. With repeated media coverage suggesting that internships are exploitive, many may be tempted to skip the temping.

But when done right, internships are a hugely valuable experience for young career starters. Here’s why:

1. Money

Unless you’re working for a charity or doing a placement year as part of your degree, UK companies must pay interns at least the minimum wage. Ergo, interning through your university holidays will boost your CV and your bank account.

2. Experience

58% of employers say past work experience is the most important thing they look for when hiring graduates. Just 16% cared more about degree grades. Internships are a great way to start learning these key skills in related industries.

3. Contacts

Networking is super important for your career – some studies suggest up to 85% of employees are hired through contacts. Internships will introduce you to key people in your chosen industry and give you access to great references, invaluable mentors and helpful informational interviews.

4. Try Before You Buy

Sometimes, working the job you thought you wanted may reveal that it’s not actually right for you. But quitting several permanent roles in a short space of time will make you look like a job hopper – a characteristic 40% of hiring managers mark as the biggest obstacle for job-hunters.

Internships, however, are understood to be temporary placements. That means you can get a feel for whether an industry suits you before having to commit long-term.

5. A Full-Time Job

Graduate jobs are competitive. But almost three-quarters of students with paid internships under their belt receive a job offer before graduation.

 

Beth Leslie is a career and lifestyle writer. She is also the editor of the Inspiring Interns blog, which gives graduate careers advice to career starters.

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How do I book an appointment?

 

Q: How do I book an appointment with the Careers & Employability Service?

A: First ask yourself – do I really need an appointment? We have a range of information and resources on our website and on Blackboard to help with things like CVs, personal statements, interview skills and finding work. We also have a page full of frequently asked questions which – you guessed it – answers the common queries we receive from students.

If you would still like to book an appointment, you will need to complete the questionnaire here: https://cumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/appointmentrequest and a member of the team will get back to you. This is usually within 2 days, but may be up to 5 working days during busy periods.

 

 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Visit our website for more.

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Graduate Opportunities with Civil Service Fast Stream

 

 

Realise your potential in a place where talented people do brilliant things. The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies and deliver the public services that we all rely on. Our Fast Stream graduate programme develops people from all kinds of backgrounds, to be our leaders of the future.

We’re looking for visionaries. People with the imagination to see things not just as they are, but how they could be. Creative thinkers who can flex and adapt to a limitless range of situations. Innovative people who want to be challenged. Those with the intellect and the emotional intelligence to motivate and inspire. People who want to make a real difference to the world.

Whatever your talent, Fast Stream offers a dynamic career path, with a variety of opportunities in 15 schemes across the UK. Wherever you join us, you’ll thrive in a supportive environment, with excellent training, flexible working arrangements to ensure work/life balance and real responsibility from day one. Whoever you are, whatever your background, you’ll help to shape the decisions that touch everyone’s lives.

We’re changing along with British society, to reflect the communities we serve. In the Fast Stream, talented individuals living with a disability or health condition are supported during our assessment process, and throughout their Civil Service career.

In addition, we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you have a disability and meet the minimum qualifying criteria for your chosen scheme, you may choose to skip part of the first stage of the assessment process.

To learn more and apply, visit www.faststream.gov.uk
Closing date: 26 October 2017.
Where will you lead?

 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.22

Finding part-time work #JobShop Pop-ups

If you are looking for a part-time or seasonal job you can ‘pop’ along to our Job Shop Pop-ups, taking place over the 2 weeks of welcome week. Dates are:

Ambleside: Wednesday 20 September, 10.30am-12.30pm in the Barn

Brampton Road, Carlisle: Tuesday 26 September, 11.00am-1.00pml in The Works (refectory)

Lancaster: Tuesday 26 September, 11.30am-1.30pm in the Gateway building

Fusehill Street, Carlisle: Thursday 28 September, 11.00am-1.00pm in the Learning Gateway

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to one of the pop-ups, as we also have a handy guide that you can download HERE!

 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.

Where’s Gary? Welcome Week 2017 Competition

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Gary is the Careers and Employability  Service’s gorilla mascot, and he’s been on another trip around the world – can you identify which landmarks he visited this summer?

Follow Gary around the world as he visits famous landmarks for a chance to win a £40 book token!

How to enter: Gary visited five famous landmarks on his round-the-world trip – all you have to do is identify which landmarks Gary visited from the postcards he sent home. Simply complete the form below and click submit to enter the competition.

Keep up to date with all of the latest careers news and job vacancies by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

This competition closes at midnight on Friday 29 September and is open to students at the University of Cumbria ONLY.  Terms and Conditions apply.

Summer Career Fix: Participate in your community

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd?

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

So what’s Gary doing this week?

It’s the last week of the Summer Career Fix, so by now you should be well on the way to improving your career!

This week, Gary is participating in conversations on social media with his network.

LinkedIn is a great place to build up your network and develop those relationships that you already have. Following companies and professional bodies on social media is one thing, but you will really begin to see the benefit once you start participating in the conversations happening on there.

We hope you enjoyed this #SummerCareerFix series. Remember that support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.

Summer Career Fix: Search jobs to identify skills

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd?

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

So what’s Gary doing this week?

This week, Gary is searching for graduate jobs that are similar to what he wants to do, and then using the information in the job description to identify skills and experience that he will need to develop.

This is a great way of identifying real-world skills that employers look for in your chosen career sector. It also gives you an idea of the kind of roles that are out there, what employers want, 09and will help you to understand more about the sector.

If you are doing the Career Ahead award, you can also use this role for the ‘Gold’ part of the award – find out more here.

Come back next week for the last instalment in this year’s #SummerCareerFix series.

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.