I know I know, another two weeks since I updated last time, now you can probably imagine how tight and tough second year could have be😅Projects over projects every week along with studies and society, I’m literally a spinning machine throughout the first month of uni. I still remember the first month in my first year was so chill and fun, what a comparison. Apart from the modules with the set deadline assignments, there is one thing that we all need to prepare in advanced over our second year, which is applying for placements! In the last article I have spoiled the career fair, which is one of the resources that students can use to prepare their placement. Today, I will be introduce more detailed and specific related to the preparation of our placement year.
As for my course, we have a specific module called ‘Placement Preparation’, which is basically a lecture to build up anything related to placement. Including CV and cover letter writing skills and support, personal tutorial and examples. It could be a challenge for students like us to write a decent CV for the first time without any instruction, this module did build up my understanding and general structure of writing a CV. Apart from the whole two hours lecture every week, the lecturers are all very supportive when it comes to placement preparation. Personal tutoring or even emailing the CVs and cover letter for feedbacks is also one of the options.
Field trip to NEP student open day
Besides the different arrangements between departments, the university also provide several resources to the general students on campus. The career fair is one of them, and it is hold regularly during the term time. The companies and organization are various every time that the students can have different contacts to the the fields they want to get in. The fairs are sometimes separated into different industries so students can be split and decided which to go. Expertises from the industry are also invited to hold speech to the students every week, which students can ask directly about the industry or anything they are curious in person.
In terms of online resources, Surrey has an office called Employability and Career Centre that students can just drop-in to ask for advice or even book an appointment online to talk to an expert. Most of all, they provide an online service which is ‘Surrey Pathfinder’, the website includes all the examples and advices either for writing a CV or cover letter, also lists out the current released placements for you to search.
Get the link here 👉: https://pathfinder.surrey.ac.uk/student/home.html
It is a very convenient and clearly layout platform which you can search for placement opportunities on one website by selecting the specific fields that you are aiming for. The Employability and Career Centre will also send an email listed out the potential placement that is related to your course that you might be interested along with the deadline as a reminder. I found it very useful when you need to deal with loads of things at the same time, it just make your life easier.
Now you’ll probably find out that my course did’t just offer a placement position but I will need to find one myself which is very challenge and kinda scary. However, it is still very excited that I am on my way to step into the real professional industry! Coming into university did open up so many opportunities that I have never thought of myself going into before. Some of our deadline are approaching very fast that I really need to get myself together to get my CV done as soon and perfect as possible. It is a long journey that I will definitely get back to you guys for more further updates.
Some interesting pic from the amazing workshop
After the deep discussion on placement year, just wanna share some pics from the Bon fire night on last Saturday! I’ll see ya’ll soon!
Bon fire night with the Taiwanese Committee members!