Today we reached a milestone – 21 of you have already got a placement for this summer!
We are expecting that at least another hundred of you will be successful. So, be resilient and keep making the applications. Do not give up.
Laura Cowling didn’t. She visited us from Hewlett Packard Enterprise last month. She has now a graduate role with that company, having done her placement year with them. She got lots of rejections and didn’t secure her placement until late in the summer.
Keep applying. You have every chance of getting that placement job.
We hope your applications for your placement year are going well and that you are busy securing interviews and assessment centres. If this is not the case, however, fear not! We are here to help and to hopefully dispel any worries you might have.
First of all, some of you might be thinking that it’s too late to start applying and that all the “good” placements are gone, right? Wrong! Now is a great time to be applying as many of your initial 2nd year deadlines should be out the way and you can spend a bit more time focusing on researching and applying for placements. We are currently advertising on studentcentral around 200 placements in approximately 80 companies, including positions with Renault, Aldi, Lloyds Bank, Oracle, SAP, and Canon, as well as a whole host of small/medium companies.
If you have already made a start on your applications but are finding it harder than you thought to get in interview or pass the psychometric tests, do not despair. In some ways, applying for placements is a numbers game: the more you apply for, the better chance you have of getting one. However, in other ways, it’s important that you’re applying for things that suitably match your skills and experience, but most of all, your interests. If you’ve only applied for something because you feel you have to, your application or your first round interview will reflect this (even if you don’t realise it) and recruiters will be able to spot it a mile off, which leads me to my next point…
….PASSION! Not in that sense, if that’s what you were thinking, but in the sense of being able to convey how much you want to be considered as a serious candidate for the job. Does your cover letter or application statement convince the recruiter that you are the best person for the role? Do you explain what you could offer rather than only what you want to get out of the placement? Are you engaged and confident during the interview stages, even if it’s only a telephone interview at first? Demonstrating how keen you are to get the job is half the battle. Feedback we’ve received from a range of recruiters has all said the same thing: “candidates need to show us that they really want this”.
Lastly, you might also be thinking that everyone else has been successful and it’s just you left and what hope do you have now…? Stop! That’s not the case at all. Yes, we have placed 21 students so far (with a further three still deciding on whether to accept their offer), and while we’re very happy with that number that’s only 16% of the number of students we placed last year, so there’s plenty of time for you to be added to that list.
I’ll leave you with some positive thoughts (and some reminders):
- Some companies haven’t even opened their placement opportunities yet, so definitely still time for new ones to come out and for you to apply
- Almost 40 of last year’s placement students were placed in July-September. It’s only February now!
- It is not unusual to have to apply to what feels like hundreds of companies. One of our most successful students in recent years (graduated with a first, offered a graduate role after placement, then a full-time role after grad scheme) was rejected 49 times and succeeded on her 50th application!
- We are running some further workshops in the coming weeks which we hope will support you during the application process, including one on presentation skills. If you’d like support on another aspect, please do let us know.
- If you haven’t yet visited the placements office for a CV and/or cover letter review, or just for a general chat about placements, please pop into room 104 to book an appointment.
Best of luck from both of us!