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.
If 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…)
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.
Placement 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…)
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?
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…)
The leap from student life to office life can be daunting, with so many unwritten office rules how can you be sure you’re on the right track? Hopefully our etiquette guide can help you through the first few weeks and help you stay on the right side of your colleagues and, more importantly, your boss.
If you’re unsure of anything, ask! You’re new, nobody expects you to know it all and it’s always better to ask and learn than to do something wrong. (more…)
The world of work can be a daunting place but fear not Azania McFarlane, BA (Hons) Marketing Management, has put together her top tips for making the most of your time on placement.
Ok, so you’ve bagged the placement of your choice and finally got your foot in the door. But what’s next? It can be very overwhelming at first, but exciting too! I’ve put together a list of tips to help you out during your placement and beyond. (more…)
There are some aspects of placement that get over looked when giving advice to other students. One of them being, what happens if you feel you aren’t being given a lot of responsibility and a chance to shine?
This happened to me recently and unfortunately it will happen to someone else embarking on a placement too!
It therefore only seems right to share how I quickly overcame a really rubbish, unmotivated feeling. (more…)