30 Truths About Doing Work Experience

Katrina Vasey | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katrina Vasey

Every job seems to want previous experience, so interning is more important than ever. Dozens and dozens of emails result in multiple polite rejections but then finally; someone is willing to take a chance on you. You're ready to get out there into the wide world and take the first step on the career ladder....

Goldman Sachs Limit Interns Work Day To 17 Hours - To Avoid Burnout

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Dedicated to giving their interns a better work/life balance, Goldman Sachs have set a strict curfew... of midnight. The world-leading investment b...

Why I Left My Job for Earth Hour

Holly Welsh | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Welsh

When I joined the Earth Hour team at the beginning of the year, I suspected my time at WWF would not be your ordinary internship, and I'm happy to say I was 100% right!

The Ups and Downs of Being a Fashion Intern

Victoria Drysdale | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Victoria Drysdale

The days were long, tedious and rather tiring and I quickly learnt that everything I had heard about being a fashion intern was frighteningly true. The lows are lower than low, but the highs are pretty darn great... "If I can do this and still love this industry, than this is the industry for me."

A Fashion Intern's Diary: The Highs and Lows of Unpaid Life in London

Bryony Moss | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bryony Moss

As my time at Hand & Lock comes to an end I've been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of being an intern...

"Hollywood for Ugly People" - My Time in DC

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress... Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty.

An Aspiration Nation: Improving the Employability of Our Young People

Alice Barnard | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Barnard

This week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released some encouraging news about the state of employment in the UK - youth employment is on the up. However, nearly a million 16-24 year olds are still left without work. For many young people, this is a desperate situation. Any length of time with little or no work is an extremely difficult cycle to break.

Experience Is the Key to Empowering Our Young People

Alice Barnard | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Barnard

By engaging with potential employers and making the most of the chance to gain real, hands-on business experience, young people not only improve their skillset but also get the opportunity to demonstrate they have a possible future at a company.

How Beyoncé Helped Me Get Over Intern Anxiety

Melissa Steel | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Steel

I realised that you can't please everyone, but the very least that you can do to make life a little easier is to please yourself. The following Monday, I walked to work with a confident strut Beyoncé would be proud of.

Preparing for a Job Interview - Insight of an Intern

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Cerian Jenkins

Those few days before any interview can be a nerve-wracking time, so it can be difficult to channel your time into doing anything constructive. However, preparation is the key to any interview - though many people don't actually realise this.

Unemployment and the Battle to Maintain Morale

Nick Trutwein | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Trutwein

I am afraid I have no quick fix or resolution for this problem. Some days are going to grim, pure and simple. However, if you can create some kind of structure for your day then it really does help.

Top 5 London iPhone Apps

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Tech
Cerian Jenkins

I never realised how much I actually relied on my phone to help me muddle through my new life in London until, in true London style, it was stolen.

Surviving Unpaid Internships

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Cerian Jenkins

It's a tough time to be an intern at the moment. Though the number and range of internships in the UK have increased considerably in the last few years, a staggering one in three interns are working for nothing. Zilch. Nada.

The Art of Saying 'No' in the Workplace

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK
Cerian Jenkins

It's one of the hardest words to say in the workplace - especially when you're out to impress, and the idea of having to tell colleagues you can't do something may feel like raising a red flag of ineptitude.

Meet the Stockholm Syndrome Interns: Working for Free, but Definitely NOT Exploited (They Say)

Tanya de Grunwald | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Tanya de Grunwald

Nowadays, everybody is "offering experience" - but nobody is willing to put their hand in their pocket and pay for the labour they are gaining. So employers continue to get something for nothing, while the workers get nothing for something very important. If we force vulnerable young workers to accept this new deal, we will all pay a very high price.

Let's Bring Back National Service... Sort Of

Ellie Slee | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Slee

So this is my thinking: If we brought back national service for a year after school - and by national service, I mean national send-everyone-to-work-in-a-bar-for-a-year-whilst-they-get-paid-nearly-nothing-and-probably-end-up-hoping-to-die service - we would quickly develop into a nation of polite, kind, respectful, super-employable people

How to Break Into Beauty and Fashion Journalism

Zara Rabinowicz | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Style
Zara Rabinowicz

It's no longer enough to be talented and creative; you have to be proactive as well. This doesn't mean sponging off parents and trying to get into the industry through connections (though networking never hurts) but taking your own initiative and using it to market yourself.

In Defence of the Unpaid Internship

Finbarr Toesland | Posted 27.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Finbarr Toesland

Whilst it may be easy for politicians to rail against unpaid internships, the debate over this issue is far more complex and simply cannot be explained with a populist sound bite.

Think An Internship Is Optional? Think Again

Nicholas Smith | Posted 25.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Smith

As students it should be our prerogative to gain an education in both academic and practical terms, simultaneously if at all possible, feng-sui'ing your time like one is expected to, and the rewards will pay off as you find yourself a head higher and job titles further than your fellow graduates.