// Top Tips to Find Work Experience in Manchester
by Samantha, 28th January 2016
Have You Ever Considered Working In Manchester? The City Has A Lively Atmosphere Combined With Exciting Football Matches And A Multicultural Environment Which Makes It An Ideal Place For International Students.
Here are some tips for you so you can seek work experience in Manchester.
1. Companies That Accept Applications From International Students
Big Companies in the Professional Services industry and top Investment banks have offices in Manchester and they accept applications from international students. Once you get accepted for work experience, you may even get fast-tracked into one of the highly sought-after graduate jobs!
KPMG based at One St Peter’s Square
Deloitte based at 2 Hardman St
RBS based at 3 Hardman St and on Mosley Street
Besides, a number of small- and medium-sized companies are also looking for International Talents. CIUK Summer Internship Programme provide channels to help university undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to get guaranteed work experience in Manchester.
2. Start Early
Companies process applications as they come in, thus the spaces tend to be filled before the application deadline, so try to submit your application form as soon as possible. For example, Deloitte’s summer placement is extremely popular amongst students, that it attracts 10,000 application for every 350 second-year student positions which were submitted one year beforehand. For most of vacancies offered, they are normally filled up before the deadline ends.
3. Look For Opportunities
There are numerous websites and job fairs all around the UK providing you with a chance to meet and network with employers. Be sure to research the opportunities that they offer and what traits they are looking for. Use this information to explain why you are suitable for the company and the role. Here are a few helpful employment websites and career fairs:
4. Research And Understand The Industry
Manchester is home to numerous leading industries such as software development, electronics, and biotechnology. It is also an ideal location for national and regional offices. Financial services companies such as RBS relocated and consolidated their back and middle-office operations in Manchester, providing a wealth of employment opportunities for graduates. RBS alone employs more than 7,000 people in Manchester. The Co-operative Group has been in Manchester for the past 150 years and they invested £100 Million in their new Manchester head office.
Find out why you want to work for the industry and your understanding of how it operates. Link this to current news to demonstrate your commercial awareness. If you are interested in the financial industry, keep yourself updated with the industry and company’s news. When you are choosing the newspaper, avoid reading news from tabloid sources. These are some good news sources:
5. Stay Persistent
Job Hunting can be a daunting process and there will be occasional rejections unless you manage to obtain work experience at your first attempt. You may be rejected because you might not have the right traits or share the same ‘values’ as employees from the company. At this point, it is crucial to keep applying and gain feedback about your performance for future reference.
If you want to gain some more tips, keep an eye out on our blog! Career Interactive provides coaching and mentoring throughout the whole application process. You will also be able to view a few of our success stories in our website.