What is it really like…

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…)

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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…)

Sourcing your own Placement: A success story!

Beth Bradley - headshotOur latest post is by Beth Bradley, a Marketing Management student who sourced her own placement with a company based near to her home town. Read on to learn how Beth has settled in to placement life.

When I first started my placement, I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was in an industry I had very little or no knowledge about whatsoever.

I got a placement within the car and van rental and sales industry back in my home town, and when I first started I had no idea about any vans other than a Ford Transit.

The second week I was in the office, I was taught how to drive vans, as well as all my other jobs I had to do. Being the only marketing executive in the office, and with them never having a marketer before, I had to work extremely hard to be able to push the business forward and apply the knowledge of business management systems and marketing that I had learned in the first two years at Uni.

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Placement Life at MEC: Not only useful for the future but a lot of fun!

If your placement search hasn’t quite panned out as you hoped yet, don’t worry!

Our latest blog post follows Economics student Jess Vasey on her journey through her own placement search, and is a brilliant example of how the skills you have built up so far in your degree may take you in a direction you haven’t anticipated yet!

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

I am on placement at MEC Manchester and I work in the Analytics and Insight Department as a Media Trainee.

This involves providing insights into data to help other teams with pitch work for new and existing clients so they understand their audience better and can generate ideas that are proved to be successful.

My role also involves measuring the performance of previous and running campaigns.

It also involves streamlining any reports and making them more efficient. We try to make day to day jobs as quick and automated as possible.

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

When I first started searching for placements I was determined to achieve an economic consultant role. However, as there were only a few specific employers offering this role very early on in the academic year and this is a hard placement to achieve, once I was rejected I started looking into fields that would help me one day achieve an economic consultancy role and found that I would need experience in data analysis.

Even if the job is not the one you really wanted, finding a placement that will build skills for that role in future is extremely useful.

I study Economics and have ended up working in a media agency which I never thought would have happened at the beginning of the year. (more…)

‘Don’t give up looking!’ Top Tips & life on Placement at the NHS

Our latest contributor is BA (Hons) Banking and Finance student Andrew Munro who shares his hint and tips on making a good first impression at interview, as well as insights into his daily working life on placement at an NHS trust.

Where are you currently on placement and what is your placement role?andrew-munro-002

I am currently on placement at Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT).

My current role as a Finance Assistant is within the Income and Contracting team, in the Finance department.

What type of selection processes did you go through for your applications? For example, Psychometric tests, telephone or video interviews? Any tips for students currently searching?

Selection process for my role at CMFT was an online application, which the led to an interview. At the interview I had to do a small Excel task and then a presentation on myself.

The Excel task wasn’t too demanding, the hardest part was the presentation. I would recommend practising if you have to do any presentations at an interview as practising definitely helped me a lot.

What are your top tips for impressing at an interview or assessment day?

My first tip would be to dress smart, first impressions count.

Prepare for your interview do your research and don’t forget any materials that they ask you to bring.

I recently helped with the recruitment for next year’s placement students at CMFT. The ones who stood out were those who had done their research, and those who did not stand out were the ones with no prep.

Some also did not clock on that us placement students were also part of the interview process and were feeding back our opinions and what we learnt from those being interviewed, so try act professional for the full duration.

Previous experience will always looks good even if it is just a part time café job for instance; it shows you are willing to work.

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‘Challenging, exciting and inspiring!’ Life on placement with Shop Direct Group

Our latest blog post hears Manchester Met Marketing Management student Charlotte Howard’s account of her time on placement as a Talent Intern with Shop Direct Group. 

Don’t forget to check regularly for new placement opportunities on CareerHub!

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

I’m currently on placement at Shop Direct (based at the HQ in Liverpool) which is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, who own the companies Very, Very Exclusive & Littlewoods. My placement role is titled ‘Talent Intern’ and I sit within the People Team where all development and internal communication happens for the business as well as recruitment, employee relations & reward.

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

I was focused on getting a placement in marketing as this is what my degree is related to however, as time went on during my search, I kept an open mind and read through many job descriptions and realised that I shouldn’t limit myself to marketing alone as there are so many fantastic opportunities in marketing as well as in other sectors and industries. I applied for roles in marketing, digital marketing, HR, sales & supply chain.

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My placement at boohoo.com

If fashion is your thing then a placement with a leading retailer such as boohoo.com could be ideal for you.  In this post Marketing Management student Melanie Taylor tells us about life on placement as a Marketing Operations Intern.

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

I am currently on placement at boohoo.com, located in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. I am the Marketing Operations intern, covering a broad spectrum of marketing activities such as international, events and more!

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

I was very selective when applying for my placement, a lot of my friends seemed to apply for every opportunity that popped up, but it took me a while to find one I liked the look of! Anyone searching for a placement should keep their options open and step outside their comfort zone where possible, but stay true to the area that you want to work in so that your passion shines through.

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MY PLACEMENT AT MICROSOFT

In our latest post, International Business Management Student Jonathan Foster shares his journey, tips and time management wisdom developed through his placement search and time spent on placement at global  software giant Microsoft.

Hello everyone!  My name is Jonny, a BA (Hons) International Business Management student and I am currently on my placement year at Microsoft as an EMEA Business Program Manager.

I wanted to write to you all out there who might be on course to find your perfect placement year and to give a little insight into my first 2 months at Microsoft.jonathan-foster

I started my Placement search in November and found my first Assessment Centre to be quite a challenge and wasn’t able to get a full offer – the experience was invaluable though and I learnt how to approach Assessment Centre’s and make the impact I wanted to, on the day.

My key tips for being successful and getting your first offer would be to never give up!

See every Assessment Centre as an opportunity to learn, grow and try new strategies.

Once you’ve mastered this you can then show your confidence and know-how to confidently make all the right moves to make a good impression with the recruiters.

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