As the jobs market becomes increasingly competitive, relevant experience is critical. Most employers will expect students to have gained some form of tangible experience throughout their College years.
Experience takes many forms be it involvement in clubs and societies, community work, paid or unpaid work, an internship as part of your degree course, a structured work experience with a large employer, a laboratory or fieldwork based internship or a short period of work shadowing negotiated by you with an employer.
Benefits of getting work experience:
In your JS year we therefore would encourage you to get career related work experience/internships. The Trinity Work Experience & Internships programme aims to provide you with these opportunities.
You can find work experience and internship vacancies advertised at MyCareer.
Structured work experience programmes where students receive supervised, practical experience in a career-related area. Internships usually last between 8 and 12 weeks and are a great way of helping you to clarify your future career path.
More and more students are going abroad during the summer months. There are a number of programmes in place to help you to identify career-related vacancies. BUNAC offers programmes such as Summer Camp USA, KAMP USA and Work Canada.
ALL work can provide learning opportunities. You can gain valuable transferable skills in any type of part-time work, including business awareness, time-management and organisational skills. Use the Careers Advisory Service to help you to articulate your experience effectively in your applications and at interview.
This can also be extremely valuable experience. Either set up your own small business (with an innovative idea and a little capital), or gain some very hands on responsibility with an existing small business.
A number of organisations in Ireland (e.g. Health Research Board) and the UK (e.g. Genetics Society and the Society for General Microbiology) support active research participation by undergraduate students.
Voluntary work often involves greater variety and responsibility than in a paid job. It is a super way of getting valuable work experience and building up critical skills relevant to any job.
There are specifically designed volunteer projects which often take place during the summer months. Although they are voluntary, you will probably have to pay for your own flights and some additional administration costs if the opportunities are located overseas.
This is a sponsored Blog Competition, which encourages Senior Sophister students to reflect on the skills they gained during their summer work experience and to identify how these skills would assist them in both their final year of studies and in future job-seeking activities. First prize in this competition is €250 and second prize is €150.
Are you a SF or later stage student interested in applying for a Spring Week programme?
Did you know that major financial services and consultancy companies in the UK often target their recruitment efforts at Senior Fresh students by offering a ‘Spring Week’ internship which includes valuable experience and sectoral insight?
For the academic year 2016-17, a selection of Senior Freshman students of any discipline who secure a place on a Spring Week internship programme are eligible to apply for a bursary to support costs. JS/SS students who secure a legal spring week internship are also eligible to apply.
Details of the award: A bursary of €750 per student to cover items like accommodation / transport / meals in London for the week.
Eligibility: A selection of students in their Senior Freshman year in any discipline who successfully secure a 2017 Spring Week internship with a professional services firm in London may be eligible for an award. Last year our bursary recipients completed an internship with Credit Suisse, Fidelity International, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Please note internship deadlines can be quite early i.e. December/January.
Please note: JS/SS students who secure a legal spring week internship are also eligible to apply
All of the Spring Week vacancies will be advertised at MyCareer. Check that the vacancy is open to students in the second year of study.
Selection: Students who are offered a Spring Week programme will be asked to provide proof of the offer, and will then be required to complete a short personal essay (500 words) outlining why they should be offered the bursary. Essay must be sent to Careers@tcd.ie by the 3rd March 2017.
Once students complete their internships and provide evidence of such they will be required to write a short 200 word reflective essay on their experience.
If you have been successful in securing a Spring Week internship read the Essay Guidelines.
Listen to some employer comments on work experience:
Paul Vance, Head of Resourcing at KPMG and Colm Cunningham, Head of Fund Accounting with Bank of New York Mellon.