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					NO INTERNSHIP?
  NO PANIC!

 LSE Careers Service
      Viki Chinn
 v.e.chinn@lse.ac.uk
                  Agenda
•   Internship Fever!
•   Alternative Options and Strategy
•   Advertised Roles/Speculative Applications
•   Networking
•   Making Contact
•   Other Sources
Internship Fever!
   Alternative Options

What to do if you don’t have an
          internship!

           BUT
 Remember your priorities!!!!!
                 Soooo…


•   Analyse the market
•   Supply and demand rules!
•   Think outside the box
•   Skills/responsibilities vs ‘Name’
 Develop a job hunting strategy
• Plan what you are going to do, be
  organised and systematic
• Treat the job search process as a JOB
• Record all your applications and progress
            Start with the obvious
              Advertised roles
• Just for LSE - Check our on line vacancy
  board (every day!) our website – My Careers
  Service – Search for Opportunities

• Other good sites
  – www.prospects.ac.uk
  – www.careers.lon.ac.uk
  – http://targetjobs.co.uk/work-experience /
  – http://www.wikijob.co.uk/internships
       Not advertised- Speculative
              Applications
• Pros:                    • Cons:
• Competition limited,     • More work for you
  maybe nil
• You seem
                           • How do you find the
   – well motivated
                             jobs?
   – full of initiative    • You must know
• Cheaper for employer        – what you want
• Can be immediate start      – what you have to
                                offer
          Speculative letters
• Useful when:
  – You want a specific job in a specific
    organisation
  – The organisation is not advertising
  – You have relevant skills
  – You have relevant qualifications
         Speculative letters
• Get a contact name
• Introduce yourself
• Spell out what you can offer
• Do your research thoroughly – have a
  ‘hook’
• Request a formal interview
• Say when you will follow up
   Networking-The time effective
             solution!
• To research the job market
• It’s the most important way to source jobs
  in some sectors
• To gain information - informational
  interviewing
• Preparing for interviews
• Generating new contacts
               family



education
                          friends

               YOU


                         target
    Work                industry
  experience
              Making contact
• Introduce yourself
• State what you want to know
   – eg more about sector/market/particular job
• Make clear – NOT asking for a job at this stage
• You would value their advice
• Ask tactfully for a short meeting, or
• Ask for names of others who might help you
    Informational interviewing
• Typical questions:
  – What is it like to work in this industry?
  – Who are the key players?
  – Which skills are most relevant?
  – How did they get their current job?
  – Any advice they can offer?
  – Best person to contact re job?
How do I get the most out of my
   further conversations?
• Talk to contacts about;
• Why you want experience/work in that sector
• Why you want it with them
 Demonstrate you have researched the company
 Have an awareness of any opportunities available
 Be specific and ask open questions;eye contact and
  name
 Make a note of names and answers to your questions
 Be business like – no flirting or schmoozing
              Other sources
• National newspapers,
  particularly The Guardian
• International papers
• www talent4europe.com
• Local and evening newspapers
• Specialist press
• Recruitment Fairs
• Professional association vacancy bulletins
  (cheap memberships for new grads?)
    Recruitment consultancies
• Professional bodies often keep lists of specialist
  agencies eg:
   – Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
   – The Management consultancies association
• Specialist websites eg:
   – www.efinancialcareers.com
   – www.top-consultant.com
• Remember – you are not the client!
         UK work experience

• National Centre for work experience
 - www.ncwe.com
 - www.work-experience.org.uk
• STEP
 - www.step.org.uk
• Prospects
- http://www.prospects.ac.uk/work_experience.htm
      Non UK work experience
•   www.summerjobs.com
•   http://www.ccusa.com//
•   www.campamerica.co.uk
•   www.bunac.co.uk

• Teaching English abroad – careers
  information office
   BUT REMEMBER….
 Results are (almost) everything!
So DO enhance your CV But do NOT
        neglect your studies

           BE SMART
       Where do I go from here?
•   Keep note of experiences, names and contacts
•   Employer skill sessions
•   Come to the fairs
•   Go to employer graduate presentations
•   Liaise with careers advisers
•   Go to careers presentations
    Questions?

v.e.chinn@lse.ac.uk

				
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