You might have heard that the graduate recruitment market has been steadily improving in recent times. In fact, the last year has brought great news for students with both an increase in the numbers of graduate roles and a decrease in graduate unemployment – Happy days! But as brilliant as that news is competition remains fierce for the best jobs and without relevant work experience you are still going to find yourself way down the pecking order when it comes to applying for graduate roles.
It doesn’t need to be that way however! Within the Careers and Employability Service there is a team devoted to employer engagement, working hard behind the scenes to develop opportunities for both students and graduates through the Hull Internship Programme.
Now firstly; we know internships sometimes get a bit of a bad press. We have all heard the horror stories of unpaid interns – working long hours making endless cups of tea, whilst being shouted at by a bad impersonation of Alan Sugar… And, whilst tea making skills remain highly regarded and much in demand (in our office at least), we know that you are looking for professional experience.
So over a number of years we have developed our links with all kinds of employers, meaning that we can provide University of Hull students and graduates with the opportunity to apply for some fantastic, really worthwhile internships. The Hull Internship Programme offers a salary subsidy which encourages employers to offer paid internships in all kinds of areas and also means these employers are very keen to recruit interns from the talent base at the University of Hull.
We like to see this as a win-win situation! You win because you get fantastic experience, cash and also the chance to develop a network of useful contacts. The employer wins because they get a brilliant Hull student that is motivated, talented (of course) and able to bring new ideas and skills to their business. They also get to have a good look at a candidate during an internship and as a result will often offer a permanent role to successful interns – saving loads of money on recruitment costs in the process. Sound good doesn’t it? Well we think it is, but don’t just take our word for it – see below for the student perspective from Jack Baldwin a recent intern with Finnies Accountants.
After graduating with a BA Marketing degree at the University of Hull, I was looking to gain more experience in a Marketing role. The University Careers service had helped me in improving my CV and also in looking for relevant marketing work. On the back of this I received an email from the team detailing a 3 month internship with Finnies Accountants, a Beverley based Accountancy firm with more than 25 years’ experience.
In the role, I have been responsible for producing Marketing plans, conducting market research, managing the placement of advertising, assisting in the design of adverts and the setup of a Google Adwords campaign. The skills and knowledge I gained during my degree have significantly benefited me in the role and crucially allowed me to gain access to the types of jobs I am looking for. However on top of my marketing knowledge, my internship with Finnies allowed me to be genuinely involved in the marketing process of a successful business and this experience has been invaluable. Before my internship I had learnt about how Google Adwords, Pay-per-click and search engine optimization benefited businesses, however Finnies allowed me to put this knowledge into practice by allowing me to set up and manage our Adwords account. There is still a lot to learn however, and the company is investing in my training and development for which I am extremely grateful.
The initial internship was a 3 month contract however I have been fortunate enough to have my contract extended for two further 3 month periods. Throughout the internship I have learnt a great deal about what working in Marketing involves and how to effectively manage and prioritise my time.
I would 100% recommend the University Careers and Employability service to any recent graduate and definitely believe in the value an internship can bring to a career.
So what are you waiting for? Have a look now at some of the local opportunities… Whilst you can apply direct to the employer hang on just a minute, before you do we recommend that you have an appointment with us to get some more info and ensure that your CV and application is going to do you justice and tick all the right boxes.
By Joe Hancock, Employability and Internship Officer