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Placement life: Inside Intel

In our latest post, Marketing Management student Cristian Filip gives us the inside scoop on placement life at the global giant Intel.  

Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am currently on placement at Intel Corporation in Shannon, Ireland. I work as a Marketing and Operations Intern, being a member of the NPG Market Development team.

When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind?

When I started looking for a placement, I didn’t have a specific company or role in mind. However, I knew that I wanted to spend my placement year in a multinational corporation, interact with as many business professionals as possible (from all over the world) and work in a Business role.cristian-filip

Why did you choose the sandwich placement route for your course, rather than the three-year option?

I decided to opt for the sandwich placement route because I felt that I would improve my existing skills, and develop new skills, as well as gaining relevant experience in the Business sector. Before I joined Intel I did an Agency Life Internship (at I-COM Manchester) that helped me understand how important it is to put in to practice what I learned at University, gaining new skills that can be transferred into any job role in the future.

Also, I realized that the Business/Marketing industry is a very competitive one and that a Placement at an international company could boost my CV and support me in differentiating myself from other candidates, when applying for a graduate position.

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Consider London for an amazing sandwich year!

Thinking of London as a location for your placement? Tegan Dixon is an MMU Ba (Hons) Business Management student currently living the London life, on placement at Europanel. Read on to discover Tegan’s top tips on making the most of London, and all it has to offer!

Hello everyone!

I’m Tegan, a BA(Hons) Business Management undergraduate and I am currently on my placement year at Europanel in London.

I wanted to write to help those considering sunny London for their placement year, who may be a little unsure on a few things. And I also want to talk to you about my experience applying for placements to hopefully inspire some of you all that it’s not too late at all!

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Living in London: Accommodation, travel, and lifestyle

I secured my placement role in the middle of June 2015 (late – I know), and was expected to start on the 6th July. As I’m sure you can appreciate, I had a lot to turn around in a very short space of time, including the move to London, not helped by the fact I was based at home on the Isle of Man! I knew very little about London before moving here, other than it was big, busy, and full of adventure. Now that much is true, but I’ve also seen other sides to it living here that I would want everyone to at least experience once.

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Your Placement Search – The Road to Success!

#Resilience #YouCanDoIt #Dedication #Motivation #TheLongGame #StickWithIt

So it’s that time of year when students are busily applying for placements for 16/17. We are still adding lots of exciting placement opportunities on CareerHub, such as, SIEMENS, KELLOGGS, NISSAN.

Your perfect placement is just around the corner!

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Easter Holidays – Have you lost a bit of placement focus?  Feeling a bit disheartened having been for a few interviews? This is common at this stage of the year and the Placement team are here to help get you back on track! Everyone is at a different stage of the process, so even if you are just starting out on your placement search, be sure to use the Easter holidays to get some applications in.  Are you still in Manchester over Easter?  If so, come and see us.  If not, we are more than happy to help via email.

Time line – Right now is a great time to apply for placements. Some hard work now will really pay off!  You have until end of August to secure a placement and we will help you get there.  Hopefully you will have almost submitted any assessments for other modules, so this will free up some time for your placement search.

Finance – During your placement year, you will pay fees of £680.  You can still apply to Student Finance England for your Maintenance Loan if you wish.  If you don’t end up doing a placement year, you will simply need to advise Student Finance that you need to arrange a ‘Change of Circumstance’.  This is very straight forward and shouldn’t be a concern at this stage.

Accommodation – Are you already starting to think about accommodation for next year?  Ideally, we would like you to keep your placement location options as wide as possible, so don’t limit opportunities unless you really need to.  If you must – there will still be lots of accessible placements in the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area.  So this shouldn’t be too much of a barrier.

Own Placements – Are you using your own networks to search for placements?  LinkedIn, Parents, Family Friends etc can provide useful placements leads.  Let us know if you want any information to share with potential placement providers!

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Selling your Skills on Applications: Why it’s Important and How to do it

For this week’s post Lynn Gregory from the Placements Team guides you through a subject that comes up regularly in 1-to-1s; the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of selling your skills on a placement application.

As we all know, applying for placements is a highly competitive process with the sourcing, researching and initial application process demanding your ongoing commitment and time, so how can you maximise the chances of your application being shortlisted for the next stage of an organisation’s application process?

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‘This year is so rewarding!’ – a student’s view of her placement journey

BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance student Egle Kuzminaite gives her top tips on placement searching and details her own placement journey with Panasonic Europe; from the initial application process through to her day-to-day life as a student on placement.

My name is Egle, I am currently on my placement year at Panasonic Europe as an Internal Auditor.

I chose this role based on my Accounting & Finance course knowledge and also because this role contains many subjects such as Law, Finance, Accounting and others. Egle Kuzminaite

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I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

In our latest blog we hear from Joshua Steer BA (Hons) Business.  Joshua secured a placement with IBM and having started in June, his post gives us an inside view of his journey so far.

Hi I’m Josh and I’m now four months into my placement at IBM, I still can’t believe how fast it’s going!Joshua Steer

I work within the area of Resiliency Services and I have the amazing job title of: Engagement Services Strategy & Portfolio Management Support Analyst.

What that means in English is I oversee all of the offerings Resiliency Services has, track what updates/new offerings are coming in the future, and assist with campaigns where we work with business partners to enable/sell our offerings, amongst other things.

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Networking…maximising the ‘who you know’!

Anna WorsleyStill 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…)

Meet the team – Laura Riley

Our ‘Meet the Team’ blog posts give you the chance to learn more about the staff in the Business Placements Team.  What makes Laura Riley our current Placement Officer smile at work?

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My name is Laura and I am covering the Placement Officer role for the Business Placements Team while Rachel Naamani is on Maternity Leave. My role is to ensure that Business Placements delivers a quality service and student experience throughout the placement process – from your induction at the start of your second year to submitting your Placement Assessment Files at the end of your placement.  This involves ensuring that you have access to all the specialist advice and guidance you need to secure that dream placement then have the most AMAZING placement year!

What makes you smile at work?

Meeting students on the Employability Hub. As you can imagine we are in contact with hundreds of second year students so I really look forward to my shift on the Hub where I get the chance to talk to students. (more…)

My Volkswagen Group Journey – 6 months in

In this blog we hear from Hannah Doherty, BA (Hons) Business Management. Read about her experiences through the application stage to on placement at Volkswagen and her top tips for your search.

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I often get asked the question; why did you choose to do a placement year? Absolute no-brainer – if you are given the opportunity to take a PAID year out which expands your skills, adds to your CV and offers invaluable business knowledge and experience, you would be crazy to say no! Competition is fierce; it is so so so important that you stand out from the crowd.

After hours of online applications, telephone interviews, verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests and many ‘sorry, you have been unsuccessful letters’, I was invited to Volkswagen’s assessment centre. Don’t be discouraged by a ‘no’, I applied to at least 15 companies (they have a pool of thousands of students to sift through!).  This was my first, and last assessment centre, with VWG HR offering me the role within days of returning home. Not only do I LOVE cars, I was given the opportunity to work for one of the leading automotive organisations who sell 1 in 5 cars on the road – I was delighted to say the least. (more…)

‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ – Lao Tsu

In this blog Clifford Butau, BA (Hons) Sports Marketing Management, describes his placement journey: from the application stage in 2nd year through to working in an office having secured a placement and onto planning for the future.

Placement student, Clifford Butau

My employer is a rapidly growing business, producing a range of convenience food products for the retail markets in Ireland, the UK and Europe.  I embarked on my journey here towards the end of summer and believed myself to be very fortunate to get my placement because I had been applying for different placements throughout second year and summer. Notwithstanding my efforts I kept getting the “unfortunately you did not get the placement, but good luck with your search” feedback – yes those disappointing words we might have all experienced in the hunt.

Nevertheless, I was very determined to take that single step to build experience and I carried on with my quest to find a placement.  The persistence finally paid off one afternoon when I received an email that would kick-start my journey. The email was an invite for an interview at the company’s HQ and after the interview, I was invited for a stage two interview that involved a task, which I happily completed and was very pleased when I was offered the role. (more…)