Are you in the same position that our Agency Life
students Amy, Imogen and Diana are in? Do you not know whether to
apply for an internship or not? Amy's blog focuses on why you
should apply for placement years/internships.
When you're choosing which marketing degree to study, a four
year sandwich course may seem like a long time but being in the
final weeks of my second year, I can remember the day I first
started Uni and how quick it has gone. I had my heart set on an
internship from the beginning as I believed that it's the best was
to enhance your CV and build on your degree, especially if you
aren't very academic like myself.
It has been suggested that the downfall to these internships is
that you will usually be doing the duties that you would be doing
when you graduate, but for a less of a wage. However the experience
gained could easily give you a step on the ladder and take you that
one step further to achieving a better job after graduation, which
will end up benefitting you more in the future.
Whether it's one day a week, a couple of weeks or a month of
experience, it is valuable experience under your belt. A report
from Forbes.com stated
that 'experience outweighs educational pedigree for internship
candidates' therefore with any sort of experience you are a step
ahead of students with no experience. This is something I've
experienced first-hand whilst attending highly competitive work
placement assessment days. My undergraduate, marking industry work
experience was of strong interest to my interviewees and something
I would definitely attribute my success in securing a 1 year
placement with one of the world's biggest brands.
Although attending a regular internship could be time spent
revising for exams or assignments for your degree, real life work
experience is the opportunity to apply what you've learnt and put
the theory into practice.
Employers are looking for candidates who will fit in the
quickest, with experience under your belt you require less training
and are assumed to be more reliable and able to take on greater
responsibilities. The skills and experience internships give you
are transferable and generally fit any job such as
communication/interpersonal skills, computer proficiency and team
work which are huge parts of how to make a company/agency work
When walking into an interview you can feel more relaxed and
confident as you will have gained experience and have greater
knowledge in the areas you may be asked on, making you ahead of the
rest, also making your interview go smoothly and successfully
making you feel calm and be able to come across the best you
For example I recently achieved my dream internship job role at
Walt Disney in London, without the help of my Agency Life year I
believe I wouldn't of had a look in without it, the experience I
have gained put me miles ahead of the rest as many students going
for the role didn't have the experience or the confidence when it
came to completing tasks and interviewing.
Many internships now offer payment for your hard work whether
it's a glowing reference or a wage, all of these are beneficial and
will help you in the future. By having a paid internship you can
ditch that boring part time job and spend the time working in the
sector you love and wish to have a future in - a win, win situation
if you ask me.
It's all about who you know. As a student intern, you are
surrounded by professionals in the industry that you are seeking
access to. It's more than just about getting a grade, earning
credit, or making money. This is an opportunity to learn from
everyone around you, ask questions, and impress them with your
eagerness. These people can be your future colleagues or can be the
connection to your first job.
I believe work experience is crucial and my experience
at The Candidate for Agency Life has defiantly helped me bag my
dream year internship, so if you are reading my blog thinking what
to do next... Take a look at a site I found useful RateMyPlacement which gives you
advice when applying for placements as well as great opportunities
with job reviews written by the interns doing the job. I would
definatly advise anyone to make sure they have gained as much
experience possible and more importantly if you are an MMU student
to take the Agency Life route and apply at The Candidate as the
expert team can teach you great transferable skills that could be
the make or break point to bag your dream career.