How Inspiring Interns can help you take advantage of the Northern Powerhouse

How Inspiring Interns can help you take advantage of the Northern Powerhouse

Northern Powerhouse

As a recruitment agency we work exclusively with graduates in order to place them in internships with great companies, with the intention of going permanent. We already have a booming office in London, and here in Manchester we are following suit, fusing the North’s brightest graduates with the best opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse.

The Northern Powerhouse is the next big opportunity for graduates and businesses alike. In an effort to expand the UK, the Treasury aims to add an additional £44 billion to the northern economy over the next 18 years, harnessing the talent of 15 million people and 23 of the UKs universities (five of which are in the top 20 British research institutions).

Today the economy of the three northern regions is worth £289 billion. If it were a national economy, the north of England would rank as tenth largest in the EU. Plus a recent report has found that Manchester is likely to outperform global cities like Berlin, Tokyo and Paris in terms of jobs growth over the next five years, with an expected growth of 3.8 %.

Since 2010 in Manchester, figures show that there has been a growth in employment of 68,154. This is mainly thanks to the professional services industry, but Manchester is also one of the fastest growing cities for jobs in management consultancy, finance, law and advertising. The research also shows that between 2010 and 2015 Manchester created almost 14,000 jobs in professional services, and 3,218 jobs in manufacturing, across pharmaceuticals, components and plastic products and printing.

Have we piqued your curiosity? Not only is Manchester, and the Northern Powerhouse, a great up-and-coming place to get a graduate job, it’s also a great place to live. With affordable rent, great work opportunities, and a growing number of social and entertainment events, it is the place to be!
The Guardian agrees with us, recently publishing an article advising young people looking for work and a good lifestyle to move to Manchester.
Here at Inspiring we are very excited about the opportunities that are here for graduates.

Since being established in 2009 Inspiring Interns have placed an amazing 5,000 candidates – would you like to be the next inspiring intern? Check out our latest Manchester graduate jobs and internships!

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Edited by Catherine Moolenschot

Kick start-up your career: connecting graduates with SMEs

Kick start-up your career: connecting graduates with SMEs

CoolcompanycultureA 2014 LinkedIn study asked students what they value most when considering a job. The answer? Work/life balance came in on top, closely followed by benefits, company culture, clear career progression was in at number four, and a sense of pride about where you work was fifth out of five.

Work-hard. Play-hard.

Opportunities for the above values, as well as greater responsibility and flexibility, are available when you get a graduate job at an SME. I can vouch for that. Having joined a start-up in 2014 who were making waves in the graduate recruitment industry, relatively little micro-management enabled me to have creative control over the content I was producing, assess the analytics of campaigns and get good work noticed.

20somethingIt’s 2015 and twentysomethings are beginning to move away from the ‘big four’ and discovering that a work-hard, play-hard attitude can be had in the workplace. Whilst at university, it isn’t always clear why only the big names on campus have an active, physical presence – advertising budgets. So, how can you get to know the exciting London and UK based start-ups? Universities are working to bridge this gap, but in the meantime, focus on targeted online research or use a graduate recruitment agency who do the job search for you. A recruiter is a free tool; connecting students and grads with great companies who are otherwise inaccessible.


TedtalksWhat are the important details? Consider; where you want to work, which industry, individual or company inspires you, which level e.g. entry, your experience and/or IT skills put you. Look beyond job listings, study success stories in your area of interest/expertise and how they started their career. LinkedIn is ideal for this.

Research the different industries you are interested in working in. Read career advice articles like our graduate weapons series, which breaks down each industry and what you need to know.

When you then apply, tailor your CV and cover letter to every application (to help you perfect your CV here is a graduate CV checklist). Use statistics and be specific when selling your skillset and personality on paper. You won’t make it to the interview stage with a generic application.

Want to be connected with SMEs? Check out our latest graduate jobs & internships in London.

Here’s a little inspiration:

Latest graduate jobs and internships at SMEs, available now.

5 unstoppable females: from start-up to success

25 online business tools and apps for high-growth entrepreneurs

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Image credits: Hammocks, 20something, TEDTalks.

10 things to do at university to get a great graduate job

10 things to do at university to get a great graduate job

The job market can be tough. Last week we reported 70% of graduates are now achieving a 2:1, but don’t freak out. There are things you can and need to do outside of the classroom during your time at university, that will help towards securing your dream graduate job.

This doesn’t always mean you have to get on a plane to teach in Thailand for six months. You can volunteer locally or at your university. Be proactive and approach local charities or not-for-profit organisations to gain relevant industry experience. For other industries, approach networking professionally and you could set up a week’s work shadowing during reading week or two days a week at a local agency. Any experience can help you decide what you want to do or confirm what you don’t. When you apply for jobs, you can back up claims like: “I’m a great sales person” with stats showing how much stock you sold in your part-time retail job. Smooth.

Google-maps-logo-inspiration-motivationEmployability schemes
Take part in employability schemes. A large number of university careers services offer self-reflective programmes that award and give feedback to students. It’s time to Google Maps that careers services building and make the most of the professionals who are there to help.

Monday-Let's-Do-This-Motivation-Inspiration-University-Careers-GraduateParty part-time
Get a part-time job to top up that experience and that £1-drinks-all-night-on-Monday’s fund at the same time. Juggling this alongside academic deadlines will improve your time management skills and give you the facts and figures to back up your graduate CV when challenged in an interview.

Leeds-rag-fashion-show-inspiration-motivation-university-careersMake the most of media

Contribute to university media outlets. There are multiple opportunities ready for the taking on campus, including: writing for the university newspaper, hosting or producing a university radio/TV show or getting involved in the annual fashion show. (Leeds RAG fashion show, right)

Ready for responsibility?
The word is often scarier than the action. Consider holding a position of responsibility within a society or at the student’s union. This will tick the voluntary and the work experience box on your CV and enhance your people and communication skills.

Durham-Lacrosse-University-Sport-Careers-Student-GraduateSuper sporty
Play sport! Represent your uni at national and international competitions or just play for fun with your friends each week. Not only are you burning off last night’s beer, but you’re showing a future employer you’re proactive, a team player and passionate about something other than work or education. It’s important to show your personality. (See Durham university ladies lacrosse team, left).

Sell tickets for university events and develop your negotiation and relationship building skills. A lot of careers involve working with people, so being able to communicate effectively with people is often essential.

Step up your social media

LinkedIn-Social-Media-Social-CV-Graduates-Student-UniversityGo beyond sharing unilad’s latest video and create strong a social profile on LinkedIn and check your privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re looking for a job in the creative industries, get involved in Pinterest, Instagram and follow what’s going on in the industry and contribute. LinkedIn is a recruiter’s best friend, so create a social CV and include your education, work experience and a profile picture!

This is particularly relevant if you’re thinking about a career in PR, communicatWordPresslogoinspirationmotivationblogstudentgraduateinspiringinternsions, marketing, editorial or otherwise. Improve and promote your writing skills and show an employer you’re willing to invest time in a project. Go one step further and use Google Analytics to track your blog’s progress and quote these stats in an interview if you hit a large number of sessions on your site. Sites like WordPress are free and easy to use.

Start your own business
Okay, this is a bit of a bigger deal, but the possibilities are endless. Tutor other students, sell on eBay, get involved in competitions seeking entrepreneurs and put your ideas forward to gain feedback, visibility in the industry/media and potentially funding.

If you’re looking for a graduate job now contact Inspiring Interns, we’re the UK’s largest graduate recruitment agency, having placed over 5,000 graduates. Here is a full list of our graduate internships in London.

Ellie is a Talent Development Executive at Inspiring Interns. She holds a BSc from Bristol university and leads market research at ii HQ in London.

Edited by Katie, Senior Marketing Executive.

70% of graduates get a 2:1, so what? Here’s how to get a graduate job in 2015

70% of graduates get a 2:1, so what? Here’s how to get a graduate job in 2015

Send-your-CV-send-an-application-Inspiring-Interns-Graduate-jobs-paid-internships-summer-2015The number of graduate level jobs available is forecast to increase, but the competition has never been fiercer. You may have only just vacated your university campus, but it’s time to shift your focus to what makes you stand out to an employer. Want our advice?

Research is your best friend
Sending 15 applications in one day might make you feel like you’re smashing that graduate job search, but you need to take the time to tailor each application and research the company you’re applying to. Research the roles available within the industry and what skiloscars-winning-awards-job-application-work-experience-sell-your-skills-inspiring-interns-gradaute-job-paid-internship-careers-advicels you may be expected to demonstrate. Is it a technical or data driven job? Are you required to be creative with content or experiment with new market research ideas? Match your skills and personality to the internship or job and company you are applying to work for. This will strengthen your application and prepare you for interview. If you can, include facts and data to support your claims, whether that’s sales figures or awards you have won! Personality, enthusiasm and ambition can be as important as education or relevant work experience when an employer is choosing between candidates. Convey your enthusiasm by devoting time to understanding the company’s values. At Inspiring Interns, we ask candidates and clients questions to ensure we make a great match.

What makes you special?

70% of graduates achieved a 2:1 in 2014 and the number of 1st class degrees rewarded has risen 14% from 2014-2015

The stakes are high and recruitment is moving beyond Microsoft Word. It’s time to film your video CV, create a social CV including a kick-ass LinkedIn profile complete with up-to-date information and a professional profile photo! Engage in indupitch-to-rich-richard-branson-virgin-competition-entreprenuer-inspiring-interns-careers-graduate-job-paid-internship-London-UKstry debate on social media and forums, Google free educational or networking events in your area or sign up to free online courses to boost your CV while you job search. How you can sell your skills to an employer to persuade them to invite you to interview? Highlight what you’ve done in work, education or outside of the office and classroom that demonstrates desired traits like: entrepreneurship, management, IT skills, design or sales. Talk about how your volunteer work, hobbies or interests have influenced you and the transferable skills you have learnt.

eyes-emoji-proof-read-check-your-job-application-proof-read-CV-graduate-job-paid-internship-application-search-careers-advice-inspiring-internsPerfect your proof-reading
100s of applications are put forward for almost every role advertised online and eliminating CVs with mistakes is a quick way to narrow down candidates. Typos and grammatical errors indicate laziness and a lack of attention to detail. To an employer, the quality of your CV and cover letter correlates directly with how much you care about the role. A badly written CV riddled with mistakes indicates that you are likely to apply the same lack of attention and organisation to the internship or graduate job you’re asking to be put forward for. Perfected the written word? Read it, email it to your Mum, ask your housemate to read through it, ask your neighbour! Fresh eyes can spot mistakes you might not have seen staring at the same screen for hours.

Practise psychometric tests
These tests might seem impersonal, but employers use them to weed out unprepared candidates. Preparation shows your dedication and determination to succeed and there are free practice tests available online or in most bookshops if you want to go old school.

The moral of the story?
Don’t undervalue the importance of enthusiasm and hard work. Employers understand that it’s tough out there and it’s not always possible to gain relevant work experience. You aren’t expected to be a polished professional, but you are expected to be willing to learn. This comes across instantly at interview.

Have you been inspired? Check out our full list of our London internships and graduate jobs .

creative-design-latest-graduate-job-paid-internship-inspiring-intern-careers-adviceFrances is a Talent Development Team Executive at Inspiring Interns. A multilingual Oxford graduate, Frances has lived in Italy and spent time in France, before moving to London to join the ii team.

Edited by Katie, Senior Marketing Executive.

Fast 5: the top graduate jobs to apply for this (rainy) summer weekend

Fast 5: the top graduate jobs to apply for this (rainy) summer weekend

Summer-Sun-Deck-Chairs-Motivation-Inspiration-Inspiring-InternsAttacking the job hunt this weekend? Excellent! Let the summer rain wash away those post-university blues, hit the links below to apply.

Private Equity Internship – Paid – London
This is an exciting 6 month internship in banking & finance based in the heart of the City, with a view to convert into a full-time job. With an equivalent salary of £25,000 per annum, the role will cover analysis of deal flow, trends and investments and supporting portfolio management. Get it before it’s gone!

Healthcare Administration Support Officer – Paid – London
This is a fantastic role at a national organisation where we have placed a number of talented graduates who continue to move up the career ranks! This is a 4 month internship, starting salary: £22,914 per annum (equivalent), with a view to converting into a full-time job at the end of the 4 months. Based in North London, your day-to-day role will be varied and require a degree of responsibility and professionalism. Expect fast-track progression and a great team to work with.

Digital Marketing Internship – Paid – Blackburn
This is a 4-6 month internship based in Lancaster, with a view to start immediately and convert into a full-time position after the internship. The growing company is a digital marketing specialist and in your day-to-day role you can expect to be involved in innovative campaigns, PR and social media strategies, identifying new trends and analytics. Starting salary: £15,000 per annum (equivalent). To see other Marketing Internships London check out our dedicated page.

Online Learning & Development Coordinator – Digital Advertising – London
Fancy a full-time job in West London at a new venture formed through a Google partnership? Thought so. If you’re interested in technology, digital media and professional development through online learning, this one is definitely for you. Start on a £21,000 salary, join a friendly tech-savvy team and get access to great business contacts and gadgets.

Finance & Account Internship – Paid – Preston
Graduate with a degree in accounting or a finance related degree? This company specialises in the supply of high quality garments, predominantly jeans and trackies, reflecting current market trends and are looking for an ambitious graduate to join their finance team. 3 months. £1,000 per month.
Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.
The eHarmony of recruitment: matching graduate job-seekers with top employers

The eHarmony of recruitment: matching graduate job-seekers with top employers

eHarmony’s focus is on meaningful matches and the candidate-employer relationships Inspiring Interns curate are equally long-term. Our internships often lead to permanent positions at the host company and we’re here to guide graduates throughout their aspiring careers, from their first job to their last.

FFFAcebook Like Inspiring InternsSo you’ve posted your graduation photo on Facebook, what happens next? It’s difficult when applying to a job online to visualise the company culture, what it’s really like to work somewhere and whether it would be right for you – that’s where we come in! This summer has seen the launch of a new online filtering system at which asks recent graduates and employees the same questions about their needs, strengths and motivations in order to find the perfect match.

Who do we recruit for?
Global advertising agencies, fin-tech start-ups, large healthcare organisations, sports marketing agencies, international newspapers, we work with employers across the UK in a variety of industries.

How doclock tick tockes it work?
We offer an innovative employment solution for employers and are a free tool for graduates, providing a careers advice service as well as a recruitment service for graduate jobs and internships (with a view to become permanent positions after three months). To apply to a specific role(s) or send a more general application if you are unsure which career direction to go in, an online candidate application form must be completed. This takes around 5-10 minutes and includes a skill section, the opportunity to upload a CV and questions to determine which sector you would be most suited too. Successful applicants are then contacted by our talent development team to discuss the next steps, filming a video CV and preparing for interview.

How do we know they are a match?
Employers get in touch with our business development team, discuss the requirements of the role they are recruiting for and are sent a shortlist of quality, relevant candidates. The same questions are asked to employers and candidates, enabling their answers to be analysed and compared. Oh, and we have six years experience placing over 5,000 graduates into graduate jobs and internships and all Inspiring Interns employees start out as interns, so we know what it’s like to be a graduate and an employer!

What is a video CV?
Lights camera action93% of millennial consumers (18-35 year olds) visit Youtube at least once a day. Video is HUGE. Visuals receive much higher engagement than just words and to capitalise on that, we wanted to give our graduates maximum exposure to top quality employers and the chance to really show off their skills. A video CV is a 60-second direct introduction between a graduate and an employer, giving graduates an opportunity to communicate their education, experience (if applicable) and where they aspire to work. Employers select from a shortlist of relevant candidates to gain insight into the communication and presentation skills of an individual pre-interview.

So, what next?

Ping-Pong-will-ferrel-inspiring-internsPrevious interns have gone on to management and director positions, even hiring their own interns as their careers continue to skyrocket. For advice, to find a career match or if you just fancy a game of ping-pong (our office is famous for it), get in touch!

Graduates can view our latest jobs and internships (all immediate starts) and filter any search or head over to our online careers advice service.

Employer? Find out more about how we work here or send search requirements to:

Are you a candidate looking to get matched with your perfect job? We have loads of new roles, check out our marketing internships, advertising internships and PR internships.

To look at all industries check out our graduate internships in London page.

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Inspiring graduate jobs & internship success stories: London, Manchester & the UK, Summer 2015

Inspiring graduate jobs & internship success stories: London, Manchester & the UK, Summer 2015

This summer we’re bringing you a selection of our brightest success stories to inspire, motivate and restore your faith in the graduate job hunt!

Dinesh-Hansla Dinesh is a fantastic French-speaking graduate from Cambridge University with a BA and MEng in Engineering. He sailed through the interview process and was quickly offered a graduate job at a social advertising company in London, where he continues to thrive in his analytical role.

Cassie had previously worked in buying, marketing and events during her time at Cassie-Melroseuniversity in Bournemouth and after graduating with a degree in retail management & marketing. What happened next? Inspiring Interns sourced an exciting client-facing role at a FMCG company and the rest is history! She’s doing a great job and loving her time at the digital agency.

Christopher-YuAfter studying hard for an LLB law degree from Manchester and securing internship experience in London and Hong-Kong, Christopher came through the Inspiring Interns wardrobe (aka the unique entrance to our London HQ) looking to figure out his next career steps. What did he find? A business and marketing internship at an international retail software company – of course!

Hannah-HunterHannah left university in Newcastle with a degree in English Literature and wondered what to do next! After successfully registering with Inspiring Interns and soaring through the interview process, she landed an internship in operations at a transport company. Nice one Hannah!

Sophie-SimmondsMeet Sophie – she stormed through life at university in Leicester picking up awards for employment and leadership and learning Spanish. After travelling through South America to perfect her grasp of the language, she was offered a graduate job as an account executive at an pioneering energy company.

Send us your CV if you’re actively seeking a graduate job or internship and we’ll match you to exciting, new opportunities.

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Focus your graduate job search this summer

Focus your graduate job search this summer

Search “graduate jobs” on Google and 313,000,000 results hit you at a speed of 0.35 seconds. Search “internships in London” and you can get over 27,500,00. You get the idea. The question is, how do you filter this overload of information? For graduate job application information and CV advice, you’ve landed on the right page. In this particular post we focus on the words of graduates who have recently found work and how that can help you in your graduate job hunt.

target-jobs-rising-star-award-2015-gradaute-careers-advice-inspiring-interns-careers-blogTARGETjob’s Rising Star of The Year 2015 graduate nominee, Stefano Persico, had this to say:

“Take on extra responsibility and challenges; it helps show you can learn and picks things up quickly. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but try to ask the right ones!”

“Show your enthusiasm, energy and passion. Think about how you can add value, take the initiative and be proactive.”

Ciaran Hickey secured an Ciaran-graduate-careers-global-m-recruiment-inspiring-interns-sucess-story-graduate-job-search-adviceinternship in recruitment after graduation and went on to become a full-time consultant at Global M Recruitment. His advice?

“Talk to a recruitment agency, like Inspiring Interns, as they deal with hundreds of people who are all in the same boat.”

“By voicing what you really wouldn’t want to do, as well as areas of interest, you can really identify what would suit you best and an agency can then use that information to guide you in the right direction!”

Laetitia-graduate-careers-advice-inspiring-interns-success-story-quotesUCL graduate Laetitia successfully completed an internship in affiliate marketing and went on to be offered a full-time job in marketing. Here’s what she had to say:

What were your biggest internship challenges?

“The biggest challenge was probably working in an area which, initially, I had limited knowledge of. I was given lots of work from the get-go and had to learn a lot of things. While this was the most challenging aspect of my work, it was also the most enjoyable! I found myself learning quickly and taking on a lot of responsibilities.”

What insight would you give graduates looking to get into affiliate marketing?

“Try and get some experience – whether that’s through an internship opportunity or doing some personal affiliate activity on a blog at home. These things will help when you’re trying to get your foot in the door.”

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Sales: graduate careers advice 2015

Sales: graduate careers advice 2015

Considered a career in sales? No? You’re not alone. Listen closely young grasshopper, because we might be about to open your eyes. This is a career path shrouded in a little mystery and a whole lot of misconceptions about how you can expect to spend your day and how great your future prospects could be as a result of work experience in sales. Get ready to explore an environment where entry-level salaries start anywhere between £18,000 and £24,000, fast-track progression opportunities are high and enticing company perks exist; from coffee to a car allowance.

Famous faces

A whole host of famous faces in business, technology and media started out in sales, so if you can’t beat them, join them? Steve Jobs, Richard Branson (pictured), Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton are all in this alumni, along with David Ogilvy – the legendary advertising executive responsible for creating iconic campaigns for Rolls-Royce and Dove. Ogilvy’s first job was a door-to-door salesman selling cookers. He was so successful, he was asked by his employer to author a guide (for the benefit of his co-workers) revealing the tips of the trade.

Transferable skills

An internship or grad job in sales can lead to great things, so it’s a fantastic place to start. Interpersonal and transferable skills learnt on the job will boost your CV and future employability in turn. These include; the ability to communicate effectively and learning the art or power of persuasion. You can use business connections and professional relationships developed to move into other areas of expertise like business development, marketing or consultancy. Alternatively, venturing into a specific area of sales is a common career path. You could be working in media focusing on advertising, planning and buying, or working your way up in the pharmaceutical, educational or technology industries. Are the possibilities starting to sound endless? Well, they are!

Why start out in sales?

In this instance, hard work pays off! Literally. Employers pay a basic salary, plus commission and a bonus structure when individual and/or team targets are met. Some companies even have uncapped commission structures, meaning there could (in theory) be no limit to your earnings. One thing you can expect from an internship, graduate scheme or job in sales, is a great deal of support, quality training and clearly laid out progression plans. The fast-paced nature of the environment means you can also expect to learn on the job.

What does an employer want?

Previous experience in retail or otherwise is always desirable, but if your experience is limited, do not despair. Companies look to take on graduates who are eager and quick to learn, and train them to be expert salespeople. If you’re still a student or in the interim between graduation and employment, there are ways in which you can shape your CV in the meantime. Consider volunteering for a charity or organisation where you could support a sales team and experience working in a target-driven environment. It’s also useful to think of examples you could quote in an interview situation to demonstrate your skills and impress an interviewer. Examples of presenting to big crowds at an event or managing a budget as treasurer of a university society will be of interest to an employer. If you can support your claims with numbers – even better! How many people were at the event? How big was the budget? Specifics will ensure you come across organised and professional, with good attention to detail.

What do I want?

If you’re a graduate ready to set yourself up on a financially rewarding career path, head over to the Inspiring Interns and check out our Graduate Internships London! Hit ‘sales’ and peruse the job specs for more information about salary, different companies, perks and more.

Katie is a digital marketing executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Nisa is a marketing intern at Inspiring Interns.

Start before summer: 5 ways students can spring into action

Start before summer: 5 ways students can spring into action

Life after university ain’t easy, but you can make the career decision-making process a little easier with the following tips and advice:

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1. Use the free tools available

You may be unaware, or unsure, of some of the services on offer in life after university careers services and on-hand tutors. Recruitment agencies can be an asset to job-hunting graduates; opening your eyes to new opportunities, or matching your education and experience to roles in companies you didn’t previously have access to.
(Here’s a snapshot into the kind of company culture you can expect at Inspiring Interns HQ!)
Make the most of a service that is not only free, but tailored to your needs and requirements. Finding a company culture that matches what you’re looking for is equally as important as an employer wanting to find the right fit for their business; it’s a two-way street! Aside from agencies, there’s a wealth of information online whether that’s a blog series offering advice or a free online course to teach you how to code. CV-boosting activities such as these are incredibly useful, particularly when your relevant work experience (as a graduate) is likely to be limited.

2. Apply to internships

The summer rush to secure that dream graduate job or scheme is just around the corner, but if you’ve already said “see ya!” to university, why wait? There are opportunities available now that could put you ahead of the competition. Undertaking an internship in spring could ensure you’re employed full-time by the host company come summer. Enhance your employability as a direct result of relevant work experience; check out our latest vacancies for inspiration.

3. Volunteer

Still a student? It’s not too late to offer your time to university societies or charities and make your job application shine at the same time! Volunteering looks great on your CV and it’s a great feeling to be able to give something back to a community or cause. In between exams and making the most of the last few months at uni, it’s great to get involved. Remember, employers want to see flashes of your personality in job applications and they will be interested in activities you’ve been involved in outside of the office or classroom.

4. Research requirements

It’s okay to be unsure of the demands of certain industries or who the “ideal candidate” really is, but there are ways you can find out. For starters, check out the graduate reading list for industry-specific advice on which websites to check out and publications to read. Next up, it might not sound like the most exciting thing you’ve heard all day, but reading job specifications will give you an insight into the qualifications and characteristics required for different roles. You can also expect to discover more about the type of companies hiring and the perks different roles have to offer. Look out for career progression opportunities, fun activities and super smart team members to learn from.

5. Make connections

If you think you know which career direction you want to go in, start reaching out and trying to network with the industry insiders. Try to stand out, but be professional at the same time! Basic etiquette when it comes to phone calls and emails, and common sense are important here. It sounds obvious, but acknowledging that people are busy and showing appreciation for any help or direction they can give, can open doors. Network, email, enquire and establish relationships so when it comes time to sending an application, you have a way in.

For undergrads looking for summer work experience, check out this brand new APSCo recruitment internship, available in locations across the UK. Click here to apply!

Katie is a digital marketing executive at Inspiring. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.