What can you do with your visa?

Your 2017 Visa Guide

A visa is a document associated with your passport that allows you to enter, leave, stay and work in a country for a given period of time. You are required to have one in order to apply for jobs in another country so make sure you do have a valid visa before you apply!

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Get the best out of your brain!

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University and work can be very stressful; so here’s a few tips to get the most out of our day and get that work and revision ethic on the up!

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Get Your Boss To Notice You!

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Become a familiar face to the ones in high places.

You’re an exceptional worker. You go above and beyond when it comes to contributing to the success of your company. However, does the big boss know your name?

Most times, no matter how good you are at your job, it can be hard to move up the career ladder if the person in charge doesn’t take notice of you or the things you do.

Don’t despair though; there is something you could do to change this. Take action and get yourself on your boss’s radar (in a good way). Click below for some tips on how you can do that.

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Spring Clean Your CV!

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When a new job opens within a company and they start recruiting for it, how many CVs would you assume that they receive? According to various researches, they would somewhere close to 70 applications per position, and a lot more for bigger companies. We can all guess that recruiters do not read every single line of every page of a resume they receive. More often, recruiters spend just a few seconds before deeming whether the resume has potential or if it’s going straight in the rubbish bin.

If you do not want your CV to end up in the bin and get a chance to get to the interview stage, keep on reading to find out what to remove – as to not distract the recruiter with unimportant information and unhide your relevant qualifications and skills.

So, if you have a feeling your resume is a little off and needs a slight makeover, do not despair. Keep on reading and you will be amazed at just how easy and painless it is to clean up your CV, you have no excuses!

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Weekend Getaway on a Budget – Zagreb!

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In the last article from this series we covered Krakow, Poland; how to get there on a budget, where to go and sights to see. Our main goal is to find you the cheapest holiday getaway where you can go away for a weekend to take some stress off university or treat yourself after the completion of your exams! In this article, we will be covering Zagreb, the capital of Croatia!

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4 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Handle Them

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You’ve done all of your research, you’re wearing your best outfit and are radiating confidence for your job interview later on today. From the opening handshake, you feel like you’re in control and think that this is going to be a piece of cake. That is until the interviewer asks one question which is rather awkward and super tricky to answer. What do you do now? How do you answer without making yourself look bad? Can all of your hard work so far be completely shattered by one bad answer?

Unfortunately, yes. It can. Interviewers like to ask such questions to throw you off balance and see how you would handle it. These questions could seem very insignificant and harmless until it’s too late and you have headed down a bad path with your answer.

So how does one answer such questions and still present themselves in a positive light while sidestepping those little traps? Not too worry though! We have you covered. Here are four common & tricky interview questions and our advice on how to handle them.

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5 Reasons to do a Placement Abroad!

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You probably already know that carrying out a placement abroad can be an exhilarating  & valuable experience that adds significant value to your CV, but just in case you need a little boost to take the leap, here are 5 good reasons to do a placement abroad!

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Job hunting? Use social media to your advantage!

 

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There is no doubt we live in a modern society obsessed with social media. We spend so much time scrolling through various content on our phones, tablets or computers, rarely giving it much thought. Well, we have a better way you could use this modern obsession to your advantage. Social media is a great way to boost your job search! It can get your name out there and help you find the job you’re looking for. So stop mindlessly wasting your time on social media and use it to do something productive!

Read on for some reasons why you can social media in your job search!

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How to Write a Structured Placement Report

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What is a placement/internship report?

A placement or internship report is a document that relates every task and responsibility you had to take care of during your stay in the company. The completion of this report is compulsory for most internships and is a significant part of your work experience as it highlights the knowledge and experience you gained throughout your placement. Read on for a few tips to organise your ideas and build a structured internship report!

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How to keep yourself motivated during your placement

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We have all experienced days in the office where you just don’t feel motivated. Anyone can have bad days and it is unrealistic to think that it won’t happen to you. Staying motivated at all times can be tough but there are a few tricks to help you out with this! According to specialists, motivation is a three part process. The first one is activation, this is making the decision to do something, which in your case is actually deciding to commence a placement. So far so good. The second step is intensity, and that is the amount of effort you are willing to put into your decision.

If you’re reading this blog then I am guessing you have already done this by looking for your placement, interviewing for different positions and working hard in order to prove yourself during your first months. The last step is perseverance; so, how long can you keep up the hard work for? Below, you can find the best tips that will help you keep up the good work and continue to improve whilst on your placement.

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Enrich your lifestyle – Learn a new language!

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It is becoming more and more essential nowadays to be able to speak more than one language. You could always stick to knowing one language for the whole of your life but then you wouldn’t know how much you would be missing out on! Hence, we highly recommend you give it a go and try to learn some Française, Espagnol, Deutsch etc.

Here are some of the reasons why you should take up a new language.

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All you need to know about Erasmus+

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Moving abroad can seem to be a fascinating yet terrifying experience but fear not, some international organisations exist to help you throughout your journey and facilitate every step you take toward the placement of your dreams.

In this article we will be checking out the most famous and recognised student organisation in the EU: Erasmus. In 5 steps, you will learn all there is to know about this incredible student program.

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Getting those on point organisation skills at work

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There comes a time when even the most unorganised person needs to get organised. The start for some is high-school, college or university, but for others, that time comes later when they get a placement; when it is vital for their success in the workplace. If you happen to be part of the latter group, don’t sweat it. This blog post is just the thing you need to get yourself more organised at work.

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5 accommodation safety tips

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It is very easy to get tricked by a scammer when you just arrived in the UK, hoping to find an accommodation fast and move in right away. Some landlords intentionally omit mentioning important problems in their ads in order to rent their accommodations, when some others don’t even have a real place to rent. Of course all owners aren’t tricksters but you need to stay vigilant to avoid an unfortunate situation.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid unfortunate situations:

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Weekend Getaway on Budget – Krakow, Poland

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In the last article from this series, we have covered Vilnius and various places you can visit while on your getaway there, such as the Vilnius Old Town or the KGB Museum. We are going to remain in Eastern Europe to explore further, in this article we are going to focus on Krakow, Poland. Krakow is an old capital of Poland which then has been moved to Warsaw in the 16th century and is ranked as the top weekend destination among European destinations. Most importantly, it is completely affordable. Read more

28th of February – Pancake Day

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Yes, here is an official pancake day. Actually, it shouldn’t be all too surprising should it? I mean in the last few years there have been numerous dates being dedicated in the name of food – National Pizza Day, Popcorn day, Peanut butter day and so on and so on. The list is as big as the variety of foods there are out there in the world. Anyway, today we are focusing on one which has been known for a really long time – Pancake Day.

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8 Tips to get the most out of your Internship!

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This is it! You finally secured yourself the internship you were aiming for. It’s a great opportunity for you to add a new significant experience to your CV and learn as much as you can from it. As time usually goes by fast while doing an internship, the safest plan is to figure out how to get the most out of it from the very beginning. Here are 5 useful tips on how to take advantage of this opportunity to help you move toward your future dream job.

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5 research tips before starting your internship

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The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) attracts more and more students looking for an internship abroad. More and more students give up on doing an internship in Spain or Italy to move to England, whether it be to practice English or to have your first international experience. The concept is interesting but the competition is very hard.

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How to beat procrastination

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Have you ever sat down to complete an important task and then all of a sudden all of sudden you find yourself concentrating more on other tasks than the important one…sigh. You’ll need to write that essay or start that PowerPoint presentation but instead you’re taking out the rubbish, checking out if they have a sale on ukuleles or reconnecting with that person you met on your travels 4 years ago. Or perhaps your cat needs to be fed, plants need to be watered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or maybe even going out for lunch, ignoring the fact that it’s only 10.00am?

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Weekend Getaway – Vilnius, Lithuania

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In the last article from this series, we covered Sofia in Bulgaria, how to get there on a budget, where to go and what to see. Our main goal is to find you the cheapest holiday getaway where you can go over the weekend to take some stress off this busy exam period or treat yourself after the completion of your exams! in this article we will be covering Vilnius in Lithuania!

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5 easy ways to earn money as a student

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Whilst the saying “student life” rings with student parties, new friends, professional projects… It also comes with the hassle of paying bills and the constant search for ways to earn or save money. After paying your rent, your transport fare, your food… you have yet to survive until next month while patiently waiting for the scholarships or your parents’ financial help.

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What do employers want to hear in an interview?

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Whether you are looking for a full-time position or an internship, you must undergo the interview process where you will be interviewed (most likely) by a recruitment/HR officer to see if you are suitable for the role. This stage can be very nerve wrecking as it solely depends on you and the way you perform in the interview SO…we have put together this blog – we’ll do our best to advise you on what to say and how to act in your interview. Read more

Traveling on a budget – Sofia, Bulgaria

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Being a student if financially difficult – Being a student also has its perks. Suddenly you have some money and time, after your graduation, automatically you will look for the job to pay in order to finally use all your educational credential and start making money. The time at the university could be the last time when you both have money and time, you can use both in order to travel! Here at Placement UK we have developed a mini-series with best places to visit when you are on a budget! In this article, we will be covering Bulgaria!

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How to make your Cover Letter appealing to employers

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Internships are valuable and more and more students are undertaking them.  According to Laura Noonan, from the Financial Times, the number of applications for internships from both students and graduates has globally risen by more than 40% since 2012. This is a serious competition. In this blog, we will give you some ideas on what you can do in order to enrich your CV.

Past Experience

First fear students often have when applying for their placement or internship ‘do I have enough experience, I am a junior, what do I do?’   This is a real issue, therefore you must prepare yourself prior to your internship. Many companies provide summer internship programs where you can either work part time or shadow employees – do it! Yes, you’re sacrificing your last summer of freedom, but this experience could prove to be the reason why you secure your internship over other students.

Volunteering

Hiring managers go through hundreds if not thousands of CV’s every day, so you must make your CV and experience stand out from your competitors and volunteering is a perfect way to do that. It shows employers that you have interests beyond academics, that you are a human and not a machine. It also shows your loyalty to an organisation – you are performing work for which you are not being paid and it is fully optional. Volunteering is something every student should consider to build on their CV but most importantly feel better by knowing that you are helping to make a change. You can apply for these online or at your University.

Extracurricular activities

University provides a broad range of extracurricular activities from the Literature Book Club to American Football Society. By participating in these clubs, you are improving your skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership – it is a perfect opportunity to develop and build new skills. It also shows the employer that you are dedicated and well organised, you are willing to invest your time into projects outside of your normal day to day routine aka you are willing to go that extra mile. It is also another thing you can add to your CV under skills and interests.

Courses at University

Universities have additional classes that you can attend throughout the year. My university had a series of lectures called “Meet an Entrepreneur” which were presentations delivered by real business owners and entrepreneurs that have given me further insight on start-ups. There are classes on how to effectively use Excel, on how to develop your marketing skills, how to write a CV – every university holds some sort of classes, talks, courses that you can attend in order to gain more skills which can enrich your CV and give you that edge over other students.

Additional Languages

In this day and age, many people are bilingual and able to communicate effectively in more than one language; many students now choose to learn a second (third, fourth, fifth…you get the idea) language to boost their chances for employment. More and more business are becoming international thanks to the internet and the modern world and those companies seek multilingual employees who can communicate effectively with possible partners and clients all over the globe. According to Janet Fowler on Investopedia, these are the languages you should try and learn in order to broaden your career opportunities; Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic, German or Portuguese.

These are only some of the tips that can help you to build on your experience and make your more appealing to employers – all of this can be achieved while you are still studying at your university.  Remember this could be the difference between securing an internship or not.

Choosing UK mobile operator

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Every student’s survival attire nowadays includes a mobile phone. Some might say it’s even a natural extension of their arm. Of course, you will need a mobile operation to actually make calls, send texts and get the all-important internet on the go. When moving to a new country, in this case, the UK, you might find this task difficult as there are quite a few of them. Read more

How to manage a team

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Becoming a team leader is not easy, it is much more than just the title as you’ll soon learn that your job happiness can rely very much on your team, on a professional and friendship level.  To become a true leader you must become part of the team and to successfully make that transition, we have come up with several points that with guide you through this process. Read more

Top 10 reasons to choose Leeds for your placement year

 

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Located in the north of England Leeds is becoming one of the most popular locations for placement students here in the UK. The city has so much to offer, a lively nightlife, plenty of cultural activities, unbeatable shopping and convenient transport links. Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider spending your placement year in Leeds. Read more

Remembrance Day

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If you are in the UK around autumn time, a few days into November you will start noticing people wearing poppy flower pins on their clothing. You can also see them being sold at almost any popular grocery store even see people selling them on the streets. Well that is probably because Remembrance Day is around the corner. Read more

How to be a good negotiator

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Ability to negotiate is one of the most important skills that you can possess, this skill can make all the difference as to whether you leave the room with your hands full or empty. A time will come when you will have to negotiate, it could be in a meeting room or over a phone so whenever it is you want to be prepared – this is a perfect opportunity to impress your superiors. This is an excellent skill to have and no matter what role you are in you will always have to use negotiation to get what you need!

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What to do before your first day at your new placement

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The first day at your new placement position may be among the most memorable — and perhaps stressful — of your career; especially if it is your first office based job. However, as with every stressful situation, there are a few steps you can take to avoid any unexpected surprises and give the best first impression. Read more

Bonfire Night

 

It’s the 5th of November in the UK. People all going crazy about fireworks and burning some guy in a bonfire, and you are there wondering ‘Where have I ended up?’. Do not sweat it. It’s a totally normal thing, well at least here, and a pretty nice holiday to be honest. There are firework displays in all cities, towns and villages, bonfires and loads of food and drink for everyone to go round. Some call it ‘Bonfire night’, others know it as ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ or even ‘Firework Night’, it’s all the same holiday. Read more

Cooking – Easy and on a budget!

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We all look forward to leaving the comfortable nest we call home. We grow up and the time comes when we need to spread our wings and take care of ourselves, gulp!  Once you move out, everything is sweet, you don’t have to clean daily, leave dishes to “soak in” for a couple of days, listen to loud music 24/7…the list is endless! Life is great until you realise you can’t cook and you might just not survive on dry chicken and over cooked rice for very long…

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Getting to your placement location

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You got that placement offer! Finally. Well, congratulations you deserve it! You might be lucky enough not to have to relocate, but the majority of people would have to move to another city, county or even a whole new country. With that come along loads of things that need to be considered and one of them is how to actually get to this new place. Read more

How to succeed in your first professional meeting

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Placements are all about new experiences and getting to experience things that will challenge you and of course teach you how to become a better professional. Impressing in your first interview will definitely give you the job but you will need to prove yourself many times during your placement period. Read more

Things you might find weird about Brits…

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If you are coming to the UK for the first time for a longer period than just a week or two, you might notice that British people do things differently and might act in different ways that you’re use to. Disclaimer ahead. With this post we do not mean to offend anyone. It’s just a fun way to portray some typical British habits that a Non-UK person might scratch their heads over. But trust me, by the time you know it, you will already have acquired some if not all of these peculiar habits. Read more

How to get into 9 to 5 routine

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Life of a student is really not too bad. Yeah it can get stressful at times, one day you are chilling with your friends, going out and enjoying the “adult” life and the next day you have 7 coursework deadlines, 3 presentations and an exam. We get it. We really do. We have all been there but believe me when I say this 9 to 5 malarkey is quite a different story. Read more

Habits of likeable people

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Everyone wants to be liked. It is a fact. However, not everyone can achieve that. The reason why this is happening is because it is so hard to pinpoint what exactly you need to do, in order for people to like you. Do you need to agree with everyone, be out-going and social, or is it just something you are born with? There are so many different opinions on what makes someone well-liked but not one definite conclusion. That’s why we gathered below the common habits of the most fetching people you will meet in the office! Read more

Living a low cost budget life in the UK

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Let’s face it, a student’s finances are not amongst the richest ones. We know that most students live on a budget and try to spend as less as they can. When you are a student your favourite phrases while shopping become – “Buy one, get one free!”, “Three for the price of one” and so on and so on, you get the idea. This blog post will give you a bit more information about where to shop for what. For all of those who have no idea where would be the cheapest place to get stuff like laundry detergent to finding the best deal for a sack of potatoes, this one is for you. Read more

How to stay healthy in the office

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Leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle is challenging but it can be even harder when you work behind a desk. You sit for a long period of time in front of a computer, drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day and eat snacks in between your breaks. It is hard, we all do it, and this is why we have couple of ideas for you to stay healthy whilst working in the office.

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Dealing with stress during placement

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As if moving away is not hard enough, then you realise you are going to start a new placement and even more stress hits you. You keep on worrying whether it’s going to be difficult? Are you going to be under much pressure? Are your colleagues going to be nice? Are you going to like the whole experience in general? So many questions! Relax, don’t worry, this is normal. Every new venture is stressful as most of us have a fear of the unknown (if you don’t, good for you, you are a very lucky individual!). Read more

What to wear depending on your workplace environment

 

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So you managed to secure your first placement! Yay! And you have also managed to find a flat that is only fifteen minutes away from your new office job! Double yay! You have noted your start date in your diary, your placement agreement is signed and you have already met your flatmates and they are amazing. Everything is going as planned, or even better than planned and then you realise that you have nothing to wear on your first day. And that is when your world collapses. It doesn’t really, but let’s just be dramatic for a short moment. As per usual, you don’t need to worry, we are here! Keep on reading and we will solve your outfit dilemmas. You can also check out the links to find each clothing item in affordable student prices. Read more

How to write a good cover letter?

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Cover letters are a very important part of your application process as it allows you to demonstrate your writing style and gives you an opportunity to expand on your skills, something that CV’s lacks as it is usually brief and simple.

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Getting to know your new placement town

 

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Moving to a new town could be an exciting experience, but at the same time it can be rather stressful and even a bit scary to some, especially if it is your first time living on your own, moving to a completely new country and starting a placement in a few days or so. That is completely normal and it can happen to anyone. Everybody goes through such a phase, whether it is a few days, a week or even a month. No matter if it’s your first or fifth move, it can always be hard to pack all your belongings and send off to an unknown location. This could leave you feeling a bit anxious, in order to avoid that, down below, we have suggested several things you could do to get used to your new placement town more easily.

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10 Reasons to choose Manchester for your placement

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This week we would like to introduce you to one of the UK’s most exciting cities. Manchester has grown massively the past few decades and today is one of the top locations to live in. We don’t know if it the people, the atmosphere or the tones of different activities but there is definitely something about this city. Below, we have chosen the top ten reasons why we would choose Manchester for a placement year, but you will definitely discover your own once you get there. Read more

Every ending has a new beginning…

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It is a very special Friday here in the Placement UK Office because two of our students are leaving us and going back to their studies. They have been with us for twelve months; it should have been six but we just couldn’t let them go. They did an amazing job whilst they were here so we’ve had to say a few words….

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How to find accommodation for your internship

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In the previous blog post we have discussed how to deal with the experience of moving away from home, for the majority of you this would be moving to a different city, but for some of you this could mean moving away to a completely new country. We know this can be stressful, therefore we have created this blog to guide you through the process of finding accommodation in the UK. In this blog we focused on websites rather than letting agents or universities as we are aware that the majority of students starting their placements are moving away and start their search by looking online as that would be the best and easiest way of securing accommodation. Read more

Coping with moving away from home

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So you’ve just accepted a position in a town located half an hour outside of Birmingham, you have no idea how you’re going to get there, how you’re going to deal with the 300 mile + journey between yourself and your family or what kind of weirdness the surrounding areas will offer you… no seriously that’s my story. Everyone’s story is different, and there are lots of factors that will affect your ability to thrive in a new area, but I am going to give you 5 tips on things you can do to help feel comfortable and happy in your new location.  Read more

How to choose the “right” placement for you

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Having trouble deciding what kind of internship to pursue? Whether you have to undertake an internship as part of your university course or simply just to improve your CV, it is vital to choose the internship that will personally benefit you. Your work experience does not necessarily mean that this will be your final destination but landing the “right” internship can prove advantageous during your future journey.

Here at Placement UK we have developed a couple of pointers that you should consider in order to find the right placement.

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How To Make Friends In A Workplace

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Entering a new workplace for your first day can be daunting, it’s a scary experience that can decide whether you make it or break it in your new position, first impressions are important and here are some tips on how to win over some of your peers. (These points would be for everybody, but obviously if you’ve been a terrible person for a long period of time this is not going to get you out of that mess, and as such these will be aimed at people entering a job for the first time).

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10 Reasons to choose Birimingham for your placement

 

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Why is it that when someone mentions the UK, our minds immediately go to London? Yes, it is the capital and largest city in the country however there is so much more to this island in the north of Europe than just London. That is why we created ‘Top 10’ lists for big cities in the UK that we think you should try out for your placement. Each one of the cities we have chosen have a unique atmosphere that students worship so we wanted you to know too.

This week we introduce to you Birmingham; located in the heart of England Birmingham – or ‘Brum’ as it’s affectionately known – has reinvented itself in recent years and there are more than 10 reasons for it to be your first option. Read more

Big vs small companies for an internship?

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Here’s an interesting question, is it better to work for a larger company or a smaller company? What are the pros and cons for each, and which one will work best for you?

Sometimes your experiences can drastically differ depending on the size of the company, so we are going to explore the ins and outs for both!

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5 do’s and don’ts for getting a placement

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So your internship is closely approaching and you’ve decided to pull yourself out of your comfy bed, and put together some applications to ensure that you actually get some work experience before you leave university for the big bad world.

That is something we can help with, below you will find the 5 do’s and 5 don’ts to applying and gaining a placement, some of these may seem obvious, but in this world you’ve got to play to the 1%.

Happy reading, and good luck!

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Student Survey – Terms & Conditions

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Hello Students!

In an attempt to collect relevant market research for Placement UK, we have designed a free to enter student survey.

All students who have submitted a completed survey will be within a chance of winning a £10 Amazon gift card. In order to complete the survey, follow the provided link; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FB3G5DW and click ‘done’ at the final question.

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CV Builder

Today we are going to outline some important advice and tips to keep in mind when constructing your own placement CV.

First of all, here is a short list of essential skills and qualities that employers look for in a potential student; Communication, Interpersonal, Motivation, Teamwork, Problem solving, Leadership and Initiative. Read more

Top 5 Tips for Skype Interviews

In 2016, it seems that every company’s moto is ‘Do it quickly and do it right’. When everything in the business world is changing, you cannot expect the interview process to remain the same. Employers, especially in smaller companies, are far too busy to interview all applicants face to face.

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5 Ways to Find, Train and Oversee the Ideal Intern

A placement undergraduate can bring your company youthful perspective and someone eager to learn.

But the process of finding, training and overseeing a student can seem overwhelming. A few simple steps can ensure that you make the most of your time and your interns, possibly creating a future employee.

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6 Ways to Make Your Intern Program a Success

Even in the fast-paced land of start-ups, many companies still don’t fully utilize their youngest employees: interns.

Instead of taking advantage of their passion and motivation, they saddle them with busy work in place of meaningful assignments. It’s clear most companies still don’t know how to incorporate workers whose tenure is temporary.

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Poll suggests privilege is key to landing internships

Survey carried finds that 72% of privileged young Britons admitted to having used family connections to secure a work placement.

A privileged background, attending private school and who you know are key factors in landing an internship, according to a report that paints a bleak picture of social mobility in modern Britain.

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Experience better than grades, employer survey says

Relevant work experience is more valued than qualifications when firms are looking to recruit new staff, a survey of 2,000 employers in Wales has found.

Almost two thirds (63%) said they regarded experience as significant or critical but fewer than four in 10 (39%) provided placement opportunities.

The findings have prompted calls for firms to offer more work experience.

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5 incredible discoveries made on work experience

Think all students are lazy? Think again, these high flying interns really made the most of their placements!

Jo Armstead astonished scientists with her discovery

A Newcastle University medical student made a breakthrough discovery in the treatment of cystic fibrosis during her summer work placement last year.

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Student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, wins Penguin work experience with this book cover design

An illustration student has landed a prestigious work placement with a national publishing house after being ‘highly commended’ for her book cover design.

Angharad Burnard, a third-year student at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), was chosen from more than 1,100 entries to the 2014 Penguin Random House Design Award.
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Student wins dream fashion internship in New York

A FASHION student from High Wycombe is settling in to life in the Big Apple after winning a prestigious placement with clothing giant Gap.

Catriona Pringle was selected from more than 100 students at her university for the all-expenses paid eight-week placement in New York.

The former Pipers Corner School pupil, who now studies Fashion Design at De Montfort University in Leicester, will work on the team designing men’s sweaters.
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Work experience student makes cystic fibrosis breakthrough

A medical student on work experience has made a breakthrough in cystic fibrosis research that will improve treatment and could extend sufferers’ life expectancy.

Jo Armstead, 21, spent hundreds of hours at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester over the summer using data from 30 countries to examine the link between the debilitating lung condition and the aspergillus fungus.
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Work experience prepares teens for life

People who take part-time jobs during their teenage years are boosting their ability to succeed later in life, a new study has found.

Researchers at the UBC Sauder School of Business in Canada noted that many parents believe their children can do better than “flipping burgers” at a fast food outlet during the summer or evenings in term-time.

However, a study found even taking on menial tasks does have value, as it boosts their soft skills and gives young people an early insight into how to cope in the working environment.
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Work experience placement: why you should give it a go

University summer holidays are a student’s best opportunity to try out different careers – even if they’re not what you expected

Doing work experience during the summer is one of the best ways for students to try out different careers.

When you’re older it’s much harder to change career direction. But for us students it’s easy. This is the one period in our lives where we can try different jobs, even if just to satisfy a curiosity.

That’s why the summer is your best opportunity to get work experience and try something new.
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Work experience becoming more valuable to employers, UKCES claims

Employers and young people are increasingly seeing value in work experience, according to a report by the UK Commission For Employment And Skills (UKCES).

The report found 45% of employers see experience as significant in selection, with 29% stating that it is crucial. Lack of experience is the most common reason employers reject candidates.
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Intern came up with Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway show

Top TV producer Nigel Hall has revealed the format for the hit primetime show, which sees audience members vie to win the contents of ad breaks, was actually thought up by a ”work experience kid” after he, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly had arduously tried to think up a hit show for the duo to front.
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The race to find relevant work experience

When Goldman Sachs advertised its summer internship scheme in the United States last year it was inundated with more than 17,000 applications — almost 50 for every place. At Google, a record 40,000 young people battled for its work placement programme, reportedly making it harder for students to get into the Internet search engine for the summer than into a full degree course at Harvard or Yale. But should we be surprised that brainy young things are going to such lengths for a taste of life inside some of the world’s biggest companies? A few years ago, a decent degree from a good university would all but guarantee a graduate a reasonably respectable job. Not any more.
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Princess Beatrice starts London work placement at Sony

After previously working in finance, Princess Beatrice has taken up an exciting new post in the world of TV and Entertainment. Prince Andrew’s elder daughter has reportedly started an internship at the London offices of Sony Pictures Television, which is a branch of Sony Entertainment.
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SMEs Struggling to Find Good Work Experience Candidates!

SMEs are finding it hard to get suitable work experience candidates, according to Barclays research.

SMEs want to hire entry level candidates who have completed work experience but they struggle to find suitable candidates.

The finding comes from Barclays research, with 77% of SMEs saying that entry level candidates who have completed work experience are a good source of talent.
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Placement UK Welcomes HMRC Crackdown on Unscrupulous Internship Employers

Great! We wholeheartedly support this.
Placement students deserve to be offered a decent allowance to provide for their essential needs whilst on placement (and maybe the odd luxury too).
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Government Guidance on Work Placements

The Pay and Work Rights Helpline provides information and advice on a number of government enforced employment rights that are there to protect both employers and workers.
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Placement UK welcomes government support to protect interns’ right to fair pay

Interns are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practices.

Interns will also benefit from a concise guide on what to expect from a high-quality internship, and what interns’ rights are with regard to pay.
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What about National Minimum Wage?

There is often some confusion about whether placement students & interns are eligible for NMW. Let’s clear this up once and for all.
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