The Heat is on… How to find a placement

Finding your dream placement

You may be stressing, tirelessly applying to company after company and worrying because you’ve yet to hear back. But do not worry, it isn’t too late to find the job of your dreams. Many organisations are still hiring, whether that is a large multinational company or an SME based in Kent there are placements available. You can start off with ratemyplacement.co.uk or pop by the Careers and Employability service to get some extra advice. If there’s a particular company you’d like to work for be sure to email their HR department because placements could be created (a friend of mine discovered this recently after emailing HR – she has been scheduled in for an interview). As the saying goes if you don’t ask you don’t get. Events are regularly organised on campus too with prospective employees. Networking offers a great opportunity to meet the right people who may be able to point you in the right direction.

Utilising what is available on campus is what helped me in gaining my placement. My top three tips are:

1) Make sure your CV is up to date and shows off your achievements and skills. You need to impress the employers. You can pop by the Careers and Employability Service CV drop in session every day between 10.30-12.30 and 2.00-4.00pm. Alternatively, you can ask your school if there is anyone who is able to help you.

2) Attend networking events on campus as you don’t know who you will meet. For example, in the next four weeks just to name a few GSK, The Civil Service and HM Treasury are all on campus.

3) Push yourself out of your comfort zone. This can be through joining a new society and getting involved in volunteering or simply attending an employability session you wouldn’t have attended before. All of these will enable you to gain extra skills to add onto your CV and give you extra to talk about in interviews. Don’t forget volunteering hours will also contribute to the Kent Union KSCV award.

If you’re finding it difficult to find a placement it is best not to struggle by yourself, there are lots of people on campus that you can talk to and they are here to help! They may even have a contact which can put you in the right direction. There is lots of time left and no need to worry. Good luck with your search!

Melissa- Employability Rep, Social Sciences

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