IN THE SPOTLIGHT… WITH HANNAH EATON

After work drinks, birthday cards and new friends, this placement business doesn’t sound too bad! Hannah shares her experience of her placement at Standguide.

Pic fHannah EatonName and Course
My name is Hannah, I study International Business Management and I’ll soon have completed 12 months of full time work (It’s not as scary as it sounds).

Approximately how many placement applications did you make in total?
I started searching for my placement in the November and after applying for about 60 positions, attending 10 interviews, completing 3 assessment centres and doubting myself daily; I secured a position in the Business Development team at Standguide Ltd. (more…)

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT… WITH PADDY

“A challenging and eye opening experience”- Paddy gives us an insight into the ups and down of his placement.

profilenextlevelrole1Course and company worked for?
I’m currently studying BA (Hons) Business Management with Placement and completing my placement year with a FTSE 100, multinational engineering company, working in Telford, Shropshire.

What were your key reasons for choosing the sandwich placement route?
I realised early on during my course that it would be impossible for me to get a good job after graduation without a placement year. Therefore, I transferred courses and applied for various placements. I was unsure as to what role or company I wished to work for after graduation, so I started looking for placements with various large companies. (more…)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT… WITH WILL HARRIS

I have been catching up with students who are currently on placement to find out about their journey so far. Will Harris tells us about his experience at Think Ambient- a million miles away from his footballer dreams…

Name and Course Will Harris
Will Harris, Business Management

Company and Job Title
Think Ambient, Assistant Account Manager UK

When you started searching for a placement, did you have a specific role in mind?
Initially I wanted to go into a marketing role, but was always flexible to do whatever was needed. As it turned out there was a role in account management that I stepped into after a couple of months of marketing which I have been in since.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
A footballer (of course) (more…)

PLACEMENT HACKS: WHERE SHOULD I LIVE?

The big question on student’s lips at the moment is where to live when you go on placement and how will you find accommodation, especially if you leave Manchester? Your Placement Ambassador, Jess Vasey, has given her insight into finding a top pad for your placement year.

homeIf some of you are worried that you won’t get to live with your friends next year whilst on placement or that you’re going to be left homeless because you haven’t signed a contract straight away, DON’T!

DON’T SIGN SO SOON
First of all, many letting agents and landlords will say that the good houses go quickly and loads of students have already got their eye on it when in reality, they don’t, they just want you to put a deposit down. So don’t feel pressured to sign a contract ASAP. If you still want to live with your friends that are going straight into final year, ask them if they can hold off a little longer whilst you apply for placements and attend interviews.  (more…)

PLACEMENT HACKS

Welcome to your first installment of Placement Hacks, written by your Placement Ambassadors, to give you an insight into what a placement is REALLY like and provide tips from students who have been through the process. This week Christian and Emma discuss top tips for doing a placement at home or away.

sunPlacement Hacks: Moving Away

Doing a placement abroad represents a true challenge, but I can guarantee that it will be an amazing experience. You will have the chance to meet new people, experience a new culture, make great memories and finally feel very proud about yourself for overcoming different challenges! My placement was with Intel, in Ireland, an experience that I recommend to everyone. (more…)

INTRODUCING… YOUR PLACEMENT AMBASSADORS

Placement Ambassadors are final year students who have returned from placement and want to share their experiences with you. You can contact them for advice and support with your placement search or even just a chat. Find out all about the application process to their day to day experiences directly from someone who has been there, done that AND got the t-shirt.

William Truong

Name
William Truong

What course are you on?
BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance

Where did you do your placement?
I was based in one of the Manchester offices for Rentalcars.com which is the world’s largest online car hire platform. I worked in the Product and Commercial department inside the Latin America Team. (more…)

‘THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE I HAVE PICKED UP WILL BE INVALUABLE FOR MY CAREER.’ LIFE ON PLACEMENT AT PUMA

Our latest blog is by Simron Mann, an Accounting & Finance student who has completed his placement at PUMA. Read on to find out what it’s like to undertake a placement with the third largest sportswear manufacturer in the world!

Simron Mann 2How did you choose where to do your placement?
After reading the PUMA job description I knew immediately that this was the placement that I really wanted. I did a lot of research about PUMA as a brand, their values, and products and ensured that in each step of the application I got across all of this information. (more…)

GET AHEAD IN THE PLACEMENT GAME

Summer is over and induction week is upon us but there’s still plenty of time before the real work starts, right? Actually, no! Now is the perfect time to get ahead of your friends and start to prepare for a placement. Nobody is expecting a 4 page essay on the perfect job but there are some (not too challenging) things that you can be doing to put you in good stead for securing a placement.

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What was your favourite part of first year? (Friday nights not included)
First year is over and it’s time to decide what you liked and what you didn’t. Spending some time to think about the kind of subjects you are interested in will help influence the kind of job you are looking for. Even if you haven’t enjoyed certain parts of your course, it’s not wasted. At least you now know what you don’t enjoy. Remember, you don’t have to be certain about the direction in which you take your career but doing the things you enjoy will help! (more…)

How to sail through the first week of your new placement

No matter who you are the first week of a new job is always daunting. However, if you follow the below tips, you are likely to make a great impression and find the rest of your time in the new role a breeze!

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LISTEN– You will have a lot of information to take in in the first instance so try to stay focused and listen to what you are being told. You won’t be expected to remember everything but you’ll need to understand the basics.

TAKE NOTES– Put that swanky new notepad and pen to good use and jot down any useful information (which is most on your first day). Don’t feel you have to write everything down but your phone number and email address is a good start.

LUNCH ARRANGEMENTS– It may sound simple but the best way to make a great (more…)

DRESS YOUR WAY TO INTERVIEW SUCCESS!

You have been invited to an interview, you’ve researched the company and have prepared some great answers. You’re feeling confident and are ready to go but what do you wear?

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Ok, so dressing well is not going to guarantee you that placement however, first impressions are extremely important and if you are well presented, you are sending the right messages to the employer without even opening your mouth.

Not only will dressing well impress the company manager but if you feel good about yourself it will boost your confidence, which will shine through in your interview.

I spoke to a number of second year students who have recently nailed their placement interview however, I didn’t want to know about their perfectly prepared answers but whether they had opted for a tie or no tie! (more…)