Still searching for that elusive ‘dream’ placement? Perhaps now is the time to take your future and your placement search into your own hands and source a placement via your personal network. But how can you source a placement via your network? Our Placement and Projects Coordinator Anna Worsley offers her advice here…
At this stage in your placement search you’ll probably be advised to ‘use your network’ or to ‘make use of your contacts’ but how many people do you really know and how useful are they?
As a student you perhaps don’t consider your friends, your family, their friends and their families to be a network but that’s exactly what they are. They’re your contacts, they’re your network and if you do some research you might just find you’re well connected.
Make sure everyone you know is aware that you’re looking for a placement and what sector you’d like to work in (if you have a preference). It’s amazing how small a world it really is once you start discussing jobs. Your Mum’s second cousin can’t give you a job (that would be nepotism and I’m not advocating that) but she might give you the name of the right person in the Finance Department she works in to contact and ask about the possibility of a placement. (more…)