There are many benefits of work placements and internships for students during their college years. They are often compulsory as part of degree programs but can also be optional during the summer months. Work placements offer students the opportunity to get real world experience and match their academic knowledge to industrial practice.
Work placements like this help students to get a head start with their chosen career path. Students who have completed a work placement during their studies are 12.5% more likely to be invited to interview for a role in their chosen field after graduating.
However, when surveyed nearly 60% of students asked said that it was difficult to find a work placement and 41% said they got no help from their 3rd level institution. Pathway’s mission is to support students during their transition from school to work. With this in mind we want to share 3 tips for you when you are looking for a work placement.
Here are three tips on helping you find internships during college:
- Explore your network
Don’t be afraid to reach out to lecturers, previous employers and friends to explore any possible connections you might have already. You would be surprised how many people are willing to help, if you ask.
- Make the first move
Do you have a dream company that you would love to work for or really want to break into an industry? Reach out to them, with your CV and credentials and tell them you are looking for a work placement and would love to join them.
- Make use of agencies
There are websites that advertise internship positions such as Covid Interns. Register with them to help find you a great position suitable for you!
Finding internships and work placements as a college student can be competitive, especially if you are looking for a short-term placement. Don’t get disheartened if you are struggling at first, it is important to remain positive and keep looking.
If you have secured yourself an interview, why not check out our tips for doing a good interview.