Placement Preview: Top Tips From a Placement Advisor

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE THE PLACEMENT PANIC WILL INEVITABLY BE KICKING IN. NEW APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE OPENING AND SOME MAY EVEN BE BEGINNING TO CLOSE. YOUR FRIEND IS BRAGGING THAT THEY HAVE THREE INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK AND VISIONS OF YOU BEING WITHOUT ONE ARE LOOMING, BUT DON’T FEAR! NERVE HAVE THE TIPS YOU NEED TO HELP YOU ALONG THE DREADED PLACEMENT JOURNEY. 

  • How long do you do a placement for?
  • What do you do to prepare for those intimidating interviews?
  • How do you stand out from the rest?
  • What happens if you have tried your best and cannot find a placement?

All worries that sound familiar? Well, you’re in the right place. Nerve Online’s brand new placement section has the answer to all of your career worries.

Each week we will be offering you ‘a day in the life of…’ giving you an insight into your dream career. Showcasing a range of placement, work experience and job experiences and responding to any of those pre-placement panics that you might have.

To kick it all off, this week we have some top tips from the ultimate placement advice guru, Vianna Renaud, Bournemouth University’s Placement Development Advisor. Follow her insightful tips on avoiding basic mistakes and the chances of getting your dream placement will be one step closer.

First things first, why should an employer employ you?

One major issue I see when talking to second year students at the beginning of their search, is that they are unable to articulate why an employer should employ them over anyone else.

Placement searches can be tricky;

most students will lose the will to live

The rejection can be intense and let’s face it; no one likes to be told that they are not good enough.

I’ve seen the struggle and the impact it can have on a student’s self-esteem.

So with that in mind, what can you do to make the whole process less painful?

Confused? You're not alone!

Confused? You’re not alone!

1. Get related experience:

Don’t say that’s impossible; nothing is impossible. There are always student clubs to join, charities to volunteer for, part time jobs to get. If you have nothing on your CV before you start looking for your placement, then do not expect to secure a paid one (it may sound harsh, but it’s true).

2. Study hard:

So let me guess, you thought ‘it’s okay first year doesn’t count’? Well that might be true, but lots of placement companies will not accept applications unless you are on target for a 2:1. If you slacked throughout your first year (you won’t be the only one!), then it’s time to pull your socks up and start taking your studies seriously.

3. Take advantage of everything on campus:

You might think that you are unique from all of the other placement applicants, but chances are you are really going to have to do something different to stand out from the crowd. Whether you are a rep, a member of a society or just keen for all the events going on, you should use the resources offered to you from day one of your university course.

And, most important of all?

You need to be able to answer the question…

why would someone employ me over anyone else?

Struggling to know where to start (it’s okay!)? Check out these sites to get you going:

Getting a job is far from easy!

Getting a job is far from easy!

Stay tuned to hear some top tips from Bournemouth’s placement advisors, some previous placement students, the Placement PAL’s and many, many more!

Don’t forget, if you are anxious about the whole experience and are unsure of where to start BU’s placement advisors are on hand to help! Find their contact details located in the career’s section.