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The Frustrating Task Of Getting A Summer Placement


It’s the summer holidays so it’s the perfect opportunity to get a job and do some work experience in our desired fields.

This year I managed to sort out a work placement, unpaid of course, but finding a part-time paid job has proven difficult. We all know that the economy is not at its best at the moment and most of us are no strangers to the chore of sending out countless CV’s. But as they say patience is a virtue and something finally came along. This is often the case for finding work experience too. You can’t forge a career without experience but your lack of experience therefore means you can’t get a job in the first place. It’s a vicious circle!

For that reason it is essential that you are extremely persistent and on the verge of annoying otherwise there’s the chance that you’ll just get ignored and forgotten. You’ll come across some employers who are happy to have you on board as the work you’ll be doing is for free so essentially you’re a helping hand to them. However you’ll get some that either don’t reply or are very unreliable when contacting you. You’ve just got to show them that you really want it; your tenacity will go a long way in helping YOU.

It’s instilled in us that building your CV is a vital component to your future and this is completely true. A strong CV will eventually provide you with more opportunities; it’s understandable that it’s difficult to gain that experience but with time, motivation and effort it’s possible to build a résumé that employers will be impressed with. However this is unlikely to happen unless you are willing to be persistent and determined with what you want.

I’m currently trying to contact somebody who is offering work placements in my field but I cannot even begin to explain how difficult it is to actually get in touch with him. Ignored texts, calls and emails have become a familiar thing for me but I know that if I give up it’ll be me who’ll be losing out. Having experience to talk about in interviews = knowledge of the industry. Employers will like this; it shows them that you’ve taken the time and effort to apply yourself and educate yourself. So what I’m trying to get at is, don’t give up!! You’ll get there in the end.

About the Author

Shana Dhillon Shana Dhillon

I'm currently a student at the University of Worcester studying English Language and Journalism; I want to work in the media industry, hopefully broadcasting, when I graduate.

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