University students entering their third year might begin to find that their thoughts turn to graduate jobs and future work plans. Alternatively, they might find themselves focussing on parties, dissertations and their last opportunity to live a worry-free life without any of the concerns of the ‘real world’. However, for soon to be graduates who are hoping to join graduate scheme at the most desirable companies in the UK, downing vodka in the student union is not the most useful priority for the final months of university. Even for those who are not interested in the more structured schemes, it is often a good idea to think about applying for internship jobs during university holidays, as these can add valuable quality to one’s CV.
Application deadlines for graduate schemes vary from company to company so the best thing to do is to do some research during the summer holidays before your final year of university, when things tend to get rather busy, and mark up a calendar with the deadlines of all the graduate jobs you are interested in. The frustration of finding an ideal job opportunity and then being told that the deadline has passed is something that need not happen. Is easy to lose track of these dates when term is underway, so it really is worth investing a bit of time working out when applications need to be made before the time comes.
Similarly, those who are interesting applying for internship jobs may need to send applications before term even starts. If you are hoping to land a permanent role with the organisation in question after graduating, it could be best to organise an internship for the Christmas holidays. This way, you are likely to be fresh in the recruiter’s mind when they are thinking about graduate recruitment. Some of these kind of opportunities are advertised on careers websites, but it is often worth sending a letter to a company of interest, as some employers receive so many speculative applications that they do not need to advertise.
It is possible to start the academic year full of brilliant ideas about graduate jobs, but the best intentions can easily fall by the wayside in the last year of university. If you have spent some time applying to graduate scheme and internship jobs, though, you will definitely thank yourself when June comes and you have far more options than you might have done otherwise.
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