At Holland Park we can put together work experience plans for you, helping you to break down the time available to you in school or university holidays so that you use it effectively. We have a wide network of contacts and can help you craft initial emails, covering letters or write your first CV. Universities will expect to see work experience on your Personal Statement and so it is important to prioritise this in your school holidays. It is never too early to start and we suggest that fifteen year olds and up should be actively seeking to develop their work experience.
University holidays are an excellent time to take on paid or unpaid internships; an internship is more formal than work experience and often the positions offered by major multinational companies are very competitive to win places on. Firms that offer internships sometimes advertise their programmes through university careers departments and visit top institutions to recruit students. Many internships are paid; some pay generously. The placements will encompass a variety of different experiences within the company so that students are exposed to an interesting cross-section of roles and desks.
Internships with the top banks, management consultancies and law firms are impressive and widely respected. Participants find themselves on a steep learning curve and often come out of it with real prospects of being awarded a job on the firm’s graduate training scheme. Even if you do not think you are interested in the sector in the long-run, the exposure to those at the top of their field and the skills and workplace awareness that you will develop will be invaluable in helping to secure the job you really aspire to.