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Your Placement Search – The Road to Success!

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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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Meet the Team – Prem Neild

As it’s the start of term we thought it would be useful to introduce a few more members of the Placements Team.  This week is the turn of Prem, you may already recognise her as she’s regularly on hand at the Placements Desk.

Prem Neild

Hi, I’m Premila and I’m new to the Placements Administration team. I joined the team only a few weeks ago, after having worked with MMU’s Law School for over 4 years. I will be involved throughout the placements journey, from promoting opportunities through to checking that Placement Assessment Files are in order at the end of a placement. I love that I started this role at the beginning of a new academic year and can’t wait to start meeting everyone in the first few weeks of term. (more…)

Meet the team – Carole Lee

We’ve had a few staffing changes in the Placements Team over the summer.  Our Placement and Projects Coordinator Shauna has been seconded into a different team (she’s still on campus so if you see her around say hi!). In this latest ‘Meet the Team’ post we hear from her replacement Carole Lee.  Carole’s spent the last 2 weeks getting to grips with all things placement and is raring to go for the start of term!

Carole Lee

Hi Carole, tell us about your job & what it involves

I recently joined the Placement Team as a Placements and Project Coordinator. I will be supporting 2nd year business students, helping them through 1-1s to develop CVs and covering letters as well as giving advice about interviews and coping with assessment centres. I will also be managing the placement process for MSc Human Resource Management students, liaising with employers and students to ensure the placements run smoothly. (more…)

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?

Laura Riley

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…)

Passionate? How do you demonstrate it in your placement applications?

So, you’ve found your dream placement, you’ve got all the skills and attributes they’re looking for and you know you could do the job but how do you demonstrate the ‘passion’ they’re looking for? In our latest blog Anna Worsley, Placements and Project Coordinator, offers her hints and tips for demonstrating passion to an employer.

A quick scan of the vacancies on our system shows that recruiters are looking for more than your academic prowess and your transferable skills such as communication and teamwork skills they’re looking for you to demonstrate passion;

  • “Passion for sport and fashion”
  • “Passion for marketing”
  • “Interest and knowledge of cars”
  • “Passion for money saving”
  • “Strong interest in gaming”
  • “knowledge of the film and entertainment industry”

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Meet the team – Anna Worsley

It has been a while since our last ‘meet the team’ blog post, so here goes with mine, I’m Anna and I’m a Placements and Project Coordinator.

Anna Worsley

What does your job involve?

I support second year students in their search for placements. You’ll often find me in 1-to-1s discussing CVs, cover letters, application forms, interviews and assessment centres.  When I’m not in 1-to-1s I speak to employers who’re looking to offer placements, I co-manage our postgraduate internship programme and I manage this blog…quite a lot to squeeze into 2 days in the office! (more…)

Making the most of your Christmas break

Hurray! Term has finished and you now have a lovely Christmas break to look forward to but with placement deadlines looming we’ve put together our top tips to help you make the most of your Christmas break.

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  • Make a shortlist

With a lot of application deadlines falling in December and January now’s the time to get logged on to our vacancy system and make a shortlist of placements you want to apply to.

Prioritise your shortlist by closing date and preference and give each application the time, effort and energy it deserves. (more…)

Your placement search, our top tips

We know that, for many, finding and applying for placements can be a long and tough process but we’re hoping these top tips, written by Julie Clare one of our Placement and Projects Co-ordinator, will help you through it.  
  • Start early – the first term of your second year is ideally when you should start to apply for placements that will commence the following summer. Large national and international organisations will advertise their placements early in the autumn term between October and January. Many of these will involve online application forms. From January onwards recruitment will open up more widely across the country and you’ll start to see more companies, including SMEs getting on-board.
  • Be open-minded – by being open minded about the type of role you want to do, pay and location, this will open up the range of possibilities available to you. If there is an employer you haven’t heard of then don’t rule them out. Do some research and find out more about them.

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