Summer jobs and internships – what you need to know

23rd July 2015

Summer jobs and internships can be a great way to start down your chosen career path while you’re still at university. They offer the chance to gain work experience, obtain a good reference and build up your prospects of getting your dream job once you’ve completed your studies. It’s never too early to get cracking on that career, so put some thought into your dream job and make it happen sooner rather than later!

For those students who are used to the finer things in life – like Collegiate’s luxury accommodation – landing the ideal job fresh out of uni can mean fat paychecks and just the kind of life you’ve always dreamed of. But it’s an increasingly competitive world out there, so a summer job or internship might just make all the difference when it comes to who an employer wants on their team.

Things to consider

A quick word of caution… Before committing to a summer job or internship, be sure you know what you are agreeing to. Be clear about working hours and rates of pay to ensure that the position fits with your plans. Internships can be paid or unpaid, so be sure to clarify that early on in the application process!

For students from overseas, be sure to check your visa carefully before taking on a summer job or internship, to be sure that you are eligible to work in the UK and that doing so will not jeopardise your stay in the country.

Internships are a popular way to begin your career in several fields. Banks, firms of solicitors, media agencies and accountancy practices all commonly provide internships. Students who excel during their internship hugely increase the chances of permanent work with that employer when they leave university, so get your head down and work hard and that luxury lifestyle could be just around the corner.

How Collegiate can help

Summer jobs in the catering and services sector and in social work are popular and an excellent way to pursue a particular career. Summer jobs, along with internships can be found online in their thousands, so you can take advantage of our superfast internet access and start searching for the ideal role from the comfort of your Collegiate room. Many unis also have the means to put you in touch directly with local employers.

Whether you plan to stay in your university city or to work in a new location over the summer months in order to see more of the country, Collegiate’s summer lets can provide you with the ideal base from which to start your new career. Be sure to book fast though – places are already being snapped up for summer bookings.

For more information, email tenants@collegiate-ac.com or call 01235 250 140.

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