My time as an intern in Careers Network has sadly come to an end. Now it is time to look back over my placement and reflect upon what I have gained, how I have changed and what I gave to Careers Network and its staff.
There were a few things that I did not anticipate happening during this internship, such as riding a bucking bronco at the Academic Services annual barbeque. I’m not sure if I managed to improve my employability through this specific activity but it did show me the fun side of working in higher education.
I also came to realise that report writing is something I am capable of. Studying Philosophy I never deal with data, charts or graphs in my assignments, so I needed to gain data analysis skills elsewhere. This was a great opportunity to do so and my reports will really have an impact on the future of the Careers Network employability schemes. I also learned that report writing is a major part of almost every graduate role. Now that I have written three professional reports, I can tick this off the job description of any role I apply for in the future.
Another thing I did not anticipate was my change in career choice. I learned a lot about my career ambitions and the sector I want to enter into from speaking to my colleagues. I entered this internship as an aspiring human rights barrister in the private sector. I am leaving with more knowledge of how I can make a real change in the world within the third sector, working for a human rights charity or NGO.
Due to restructuring my CV to highlight my voluntary work and charity related experiences, I even gained an internship in Canada with a human rights focused NGO. This is surely going to be an amazing experience which may help me to gain a graduate role in a charity after graduation.
The BUIP training sessions were extremely helpful. They demonstrated to me how to create an enticing CV and what kind of things to put into a cover letter. They trained me to be more confident in interviews and how to manage difficult questions which an employer may ask. I also made some great friend due to the BUIP training sessions which was completely unexpected. I gained invaluable CV advice and now am able to articulate my employability and my suitability for a specific role successfully. I later had my CV checked by a CAL careers advisor and put my BUIP training into practice when tailoring my CV to the charity sector.
I would definitely recommend applying for a BUIP internship. Even if the internships available next year are not directly linked to your desired career, you will gain essential skills and possibly make some great friends.