According to a study conducted by High Fliers, of the UK’s top 100 employers over a third of recruiters said that graduates who have no previous work experience are unlikely to be successful during the selection process, and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their graduate programmes.
The good news is, the Careers and Employability Service have a number of opportunities that will help you gain a placement. For example, if you’re a first or second year student you can register for the Liverpool Interns service. You will be sent a range of Easter and summer opportunities each week and can access seminars and 1-2-1 support.
There are also a number of other sessions you can attend, including Career Lounges. As part of the Career Lounge sessions, small groups of students meet to talk about employability issues relating to their placement search.
If you’d like to find out more about placement opportunities at the University, please contact Rachel Collins.
What is a placement really like?
In these videos, students share their experience of what it’s really like to find and undertake a work placement.
Tara is a business studies student who took a one-year placement at We Are Nova – a company that helps businesses to create a culture of innovation.
Hollie is a chemistry student who worked at Eli Lilly – a pharmaceutical company.
Aminur is an accounting and finance student who worked at Grant Thornton – a network of independent accounting and consulting firms.
Elizabeth is a business management student who worked at Cara Design – an interior design company.