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Help with work placements

Help with work placements

Help with work placements

Help with work placements

If you need help or advice with work placements this page outlines the various ways we can help including appointments, events and resources.

Events

This session will give you tips and advice on how to plan and apply for internships and work experience.

For the latest events, please check Handshake

Career Fairs attract a large number of employers from a range of sectors, so this can be a great way to find out more about what opportunities are available. You can check when the next Career Fairs are taking place on Handshake or on our web page

To help you to prepare for the fair, you might find it helpful to take at look at our “Prepare for the Fair” interactive guide

Most people are now going online to look for employment. As more of us use the internet to search for new job opportunities, this has also opened the door to fraudsters. In this session we will be looking at how you can identify job scams and think about how you can protect yourself from them.

For the latest events, please check Handshake

Appointments

You can book an appointment with your placements team to get your CV, cover letter, application form, or LinkedIn profile checked to help with applying for placements. You can contact us via the Live Chat icon at the bottom of this page, or you can phone us on +44(0)1392 724493. For any other enquiries please email careers@exeter.ac.uk

Resources

Our online database Handshake contains placement vacancies from employers in a wide range of sectors who are specifically targeting Exeter students. 

You can also browse and ask questions in the Handshake community Q&A forum. You can edit the term in the search box to make it more specific. 

Please find below a list of websites that advertise internships (could be used as placements) and placement jobs. Whilst we have given guidance on search terms to use for some of the websites, please be aware that some employers don’t use the term ‘Internship’ or ‘Placement’ in a job title when advertising a role as they will not be aware of internships and placements. With that in mind, also search for roles that fit the criteria of your placement module e.g. job title, sector etc. that are on a ‘fixed term’ basis and you may see one’s that could potentially be used for placements:

International

Equal Opportunity Work Experience Schemes

Virtual Internships

If you are considering undertaking a work placement or want to find out more about them then visit our student work placement web pages for more information

On this page you will find a wide range of resources to support the process you will undertake when undertaking a global work placement, from searching for a placement through to preparing to travel and start the placement you have secured.  

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If you have never created a CV before, why not use our CV Builder on My Career Zone Digital.

My Career Zone Digital also has an ‘Work experience – Supporting your journey to success’ online programme modules include ‘How to find a placement’. 

Career Zone Blog - This link takes you to features on Internships and work experience on our blog. 

If you are interested in working abroad for a year, you might be interested in this blog post.

Our podcast covers a range of careers topics such as:

Other placement related podcasts will be released each term.

LinkedIn: This is a great platform to start building contacts from. It is a professional network which gives you access to thousands of contacts. Make sure you spend some time building a strong LinkedIn profile, just as you would with your CV.

If you need any further help or advice with LinkedIn sign up to one of our LinkedIn skills sessions on Handshake.

There are thousands of courses on LinkedIn Learning which can help you to develop your skills. In particular you might be interested in the following course:

Webinar Recordings

CV Top Tips Video - Find out how to make your CV stand out with these top tips. 

The Craft of Writing your CV - Join Rachel Coombes, Employability and Careers Consultant, for this 20 minute webinar which will look at the three main areas to help get your CV up to scratch. 

What is the purpose of a CV? - Get in the know with Sarah Blunt, Employability and Careers Consultant, which this 2 minute video. 

Effective Application Forms - Join Rachel Gaunt, Employability and Placements Adviser, for a guide to writing effective application forms. 

The Key Features of an application form - If you have never completed an application form before, tune in for this quick guide to online application forms. 

How do employers shortlist applications? - Hear from Sarah Blunt, Employability and Careers Consultant, about how employers shortlist applications. 

Application form advice in 60 seconds - Hear from Rachel Gaunt, Employability and Placements Adviser, for her quick tips for writing application forms. 

Professionalism and joining the workforce - Join Rachel Sloan for this webinar on professionalism. 

Making the most out of your LinkedIn profile5 top tips to help you boost your LinkedIn Profile

Finding internships and work experience - Join Rae Roberts, Employability and Careers Consultant, for this webinar on finding internships and work experience.