Charlotte Stanbridge is a placement rep in the Business School. Here she gives some encouraging advice to those of you still searching for a placement…
So the clock is ticking and an increasing number of your friends are gushing about the amazing placement they have recently secured… but if you take one piece of advice today, it’s:
There are still hundreds of opportunities available to you. Don’t be disheartened that some of the larger organisations application deadlines have passed – there is a lot to be said for placements at smaller organisations. For a start, you often have a lot more exposure to other departments within the business, particularly useful in your early career when you are still deciding which role you best fit. Charities and social enterprises also offer fantastic placement opportunities, and although often the pay may be slightly less, the experience on offer is priceless.
There are still upcoming events that can help you to refocus and energise your applications. The placement reps will be hosting an Advice Drop-In session, the ‘Pre-Placement Fair’ on Thursday 5 March in the Careers and Employability Centre (13:00 – 17:00). The afternoon will feature a range of advice; from how to apply, assessment centre spook-busting and general advice on what roles to choose and why a placement is so valuable. This is also handily a week before the Sheffield Hallam Spring Careers Fair on Thursday 12 March, so a great time to polish up your CV and make a good impression on employers attending. If you can’t make the event you can get in touch with placement reps, like myself, on LinkedIn and Facebook, just search ‘SBS Placement Reps’.
The Careers Centre is furthermore a great place to familiarise yourself with as they offer 1-1 support around applications and interview advice as well as hosting a variety of employer presentations for companies that perhaps you haven’t previously considered.
Now is a perfect time to really think about the kind of employers and roles you are applying to. There is no point in sending out hundreds of generic CVs and cover letters as the chances are you won’t get very far. Really tailor your applications and express your enthusiasm to work for that particular company. Doing your research will really pay off here and impress employers. Getting that initial foot in the door is often the hardest part!
Wishing you all the best of luck with your applications!