A guide to work placements

Ever thought about doing a paid work placement during your time at Hope? They are a great way to complement your studies – read on to find out more.

Here at Hope, we have a dedicated Careers & Employability team, which offers support in everything from CV writing and network building to closing skills gaps and mastering the art of LinkedIn. And part of the team’s remit is finding students paid work placements – to enhance both your professional experiences and support your bank balances.

Who can get a work placement?

Any Hope student. It doesn’t matter what you’re studying or what year you’re in. You aren’t guaranteed a work placement in precisely the role you want, but the careers team will definitely try to find something that fits the bill.
It’s important to remember that these placements are seen as extracurricular that sit alongside your studies – and not part of your course.

All you need to do is email careers@hope.ac.uk to get the ball rolling.

What sort of placements are on offer?

Placements don’t have to be aligned to your course in any way, but it certainly can be if that’s what you want. The Careers & Employability team use their extensive network of connections to see what opportunities are available in the local region.

What kinds of firms have offered placements recently?

The Hope Careers & Employability team reach out to, and have long-standing relationships with, a whole host of different firms, from Liverpool FC’s charitable arm to global accountancy firm BDO.
The team also seeks out small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as new start-ups. It’s a great opportunity for students to work with employers for a short period of time, and to gain valuable experience in the workplace. In the past, these kinds of placements can be anything from self-defence classes, working in the travel industry or hospitality sector. The actual work experience placement itself can be getting to grips with marketing, website development and even video production.

What else is on offer from the Careers & Employability team?

Networking is a big deal for the team – whether that’s at in-person events or through LinkedIn, a platform that can be important for a student to get to grips with. The team can offer students help or advice when it comes to LinkedIn, because it’s a really important tool when it comes to applying to jobs.

The Careers & Employability team also hosts regular events and workshops, designed to ensure graduates have the best possible chance of landing their dream job when they leave higher education.

You can read their latest blogs here, follow them on Instagram and Twitter, or email them on careers@hope.ac.uk.

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