Students get to immerse themselves in an employment sector of their choice. This often shapes future career choices and develops the student’s perspective of the workplace. This year it will run for 2 weeks from 2nd July 2018.
We are asking that students and their parents find a work placement by 8th February 2018 The Student Placement form should be filled in once this has happened.and handed into the library. This can be downloaded from the right hand side of the page.
If you have any questions or concerns then please contact Mr Gee or Mrs Cook
Where to start?
Start by thinking about what your interests are and what you think you might be good at.
It’s a good idea to brainstorm lots of ideas first. You can do this with friends or family. Get everything down on paper to start. Check out who does what you’re interested in
If you’re really not sure how your interests match up with different jobs, some of the following websites can help.
National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/default.aspx
These can be helpful they’ve got lots of profiles on different jobs. These will help you define what it is you’re keen to explore.
- Once you know you’re interested in a particular type of work, you need to see who does this in your area. You can search Google It’s always worth checking to see if they have a website so you can learn more about the company before approaching them. The website might provide details of who to contact about work experience or provide the name of the HR Manager if they have one. That’s a good person to target.
- Also, talk to your classmates, family and friends and ask around. That’s called networking and it’s a really good way of finding out what’s out there. Someone may be able to introduce you to someone who can provide a placement.
- Don’t assume that the big companies won’t have you. Many are willing to offer work placements if you send a polite, well-written letter or e-mail.
- Draft a letter/e-mail that explains who you are, what you’re interested in and why you’re asking for work experience. Tell them the dates you’re available. Hopefully they will respond, but if you don’t hear anything after two weeks, you can follow up with a phone call to check that your letter was received and see if they were able to offer you a placement.
- Don’t be discouraged if they say no. Just keep trying new possibilities and keep the school posted on your progress.
- Lots of employers tell us they really hate it when parents ring up and try to arrange placements for their children. Tempting as it is, parents should not try to fix this. Employers much prefer to hear directly from students themselves.
- If you’re curious about a business but not sure you feel comfortable approaching them, why not go and have a look. You can always ask in person. If they can’t answer, ask for the name of the person you should contact. Be sure to look smart if you’re going to approach them directly. Employers are more likely to say yes if you go in person. Think about how you can “sell yourself” why you are interested in a placement there. Employers will be looking for genuine interest, curiosity and a willingness to learn.
- Make sure you proofread your letter/e-mail – or get someone else to. Showing that you’re conscientious about spelling and punctuation is a good indication that you’ll be conscientious when you’re on a placement.
Look out for the board in the Library, there are placements students used last year, maybe one of these would be of interest to you and you could contact them to see if they would be willing to offer you a placement.