Hello everyone! Over the summer I had a 12 week internship so I thought I would share some tips with you.
- Start early
I know this is just the first week of the University year but it is never too early to start getting prepared. Look for companies that you are interested in and see what kind of internships they provide. Most job offers will be available starting November but it is better if you know what options you have. University of Sheffield organizes the Engineering Graduate Recruitment & Placement Fair on 17th October where over 60 organisations will take part in. You have the chance to meet and talk to various employers and find out more about their offers and expectations.
- Getting your CV ready
Writing your CV in the proper way for the first time can be a bit difficult. Look online for examples of CVs and see what suits your needs best. The Careers Service has some tips on how to make a good impression with your CV. You can check this on their website here. If you want to get your CV checked by someone, you can book an individual appointment at the Careers Service and they can give you more advice.
- Study for the interview
If you will be called for an interview, there is a big chance you will be asked some technical questions. Depending on the type of role you are applying for, the topics of the questions can vary. Researching the company is a good way to find out what kind of questions you can expect. If it is a bigger company you might find past interview questions online.
- Don’t give up
Applying for an internship for the first time isn’t always easy. Some employers might look for some more experienced students that have more knowledge about the role. If your first few applications are rejected, don’t panic! Apply for as many jobs as you can and don’t be discouraged by rejection. One good idea is to look for smaller companies. Even though they are not very famous, they provide the perfect environment to start your engineering career.
The application process might differ from company to company (e.g. various tests, number of on-site interviews) but if you prepare well beforehand, you will be successful!