Work Experience

Need some Work Experience next summer?

Here are 3 things you can do between now and New Year’s Day!

 

1.  First Things First …

Open your Mind and understand what it is you are trying to achieve.

For example, do you know for sure what area you want to get experience in? Could you broaden your search a little? If you want to train as a doctor after your initial degree but don’t have any obvious links to hospitals for work experience, could you try approaching voluntary organisations? St. John’s ambulance? Or even nursing homes? What about other service providers within the same sector? Or if you are interested in Politics as an area, would it be worthwhile targeting the Media too? Once you have a strong understanding of what and why you want to target areas, you will find you make better and quicker progress.

 

2. Secondly… Polish your profile

In order to get ready for step 3 you need to make sure you are presenting yourself on paper and online in the best possible way! Look on our website to get started, and make sure to highlight your enthusiasm, ambition and skills.

With LinkedIn,  try and create a professional and complete profile – this way you can be seen by people in industry but also you can become a little bit more connected and aware of what is going on. For example, join a handful of LinkedIn groups in the area that you are trying to gain experience (as well as the Trinity Careers & Alumni LinkedIn group, and you will be able to join in on dialogue and identify the people who are already talking.

Also make sure your CV and Cover Letter are professional and ready to be tailored once you hear about an opportunity arising. If you need more help with your CV, Cover letter and/or LinkedIn profile you can come to a Clinic in the careers service for some fine tuning!

 

3. Get Talking

This is possibly the hardest but definitely the most effective thing you can do … talk to people you know and even those you don’t know.

Lots of students tell us “I don’t know anyone who works in the industry I’m interested in”, but you might be surprised – for example, if you are interested in getting some experience in Marketing and you have a friend’s parent who works in an Accounting Firm … that same Accounting Firm will probably have a Marketing Department! You need to talk to everyone in your circle and then go one step further and talk to all of their circles … People are usually quite happy to help when they can – and a quick phone call or cup of coffee can give you the opportunity to ask the individual for advice, not necessarily a job or a work experience opportunity, but some advice that might lead you in the right direction.

Remember, you only get out what you put in and the Christmas period can be a great opportunity to chat to people you don’t see every week of the year … let them know what you’re hoping to do next summer and that you’re happy to hear any advice people might have. An open and enthusiastic attitude can work wonders!

Best of Luck!!!

 

Sarah Jones
Careers Adviser
December 2013

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