How to find your own placement
Four simple steps on how to find your own placement.
Step 1 - Locate suitable opportunities
There are many ways to find suitable opportunities. Websites such as www.ratemyplacement.co.uk and www.targetjobs.co.uk/work-experience are good for locating opportunities with typically larger organisations. However do not ignore opportunities with smaller organisations as well.
Also, bear in mind that many employers do not advertise or take part in formal schemes, and therefore need to be approached on a speculative basis.
Step 2 - Research the employer
Once you have found suitable opportunities (check with your course leader that the opportunity meets their criteria) begin to research the organisation. The obvious starting point is their website but also consider other sources such as company newsletters, annual reports or news articles about them in the local or national press.
Step 3 - Prepare your application
Before you put pen to paper, book an appointment with a careers advisor. A careers advisor can advise you about how to write your application (CV, covering letter and/or application form) specifically for the placement opportunity that interests you.
Step 4 - Prepare for your interview
Again, seeing a careers advisor is highly recommended in preparation for your interview.