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An Early Christmas Gift

Christmas Baubles Photo‘Tis the season to be jolly… As we approach this festive time of year it’s easy to slack off on job hunting and put time into shopping for the perfect gift instead. But there are still opportunities out there ready to be pounced upon by the savvy job hunter. And as such we have a gift for our 2014 graduates…

Click here to search the internships on CareerHub

The word ‘paid’ is one not often associated with the term ‘internship’ these days. It seems not a week goes by without there being a news story about how recent graduates have interned for free in order to gain some much-needed work experience. But, knowing that our graduates deserve to be paid, the University has made a partnership with one of the world’s largest banks, Santander, to offer three-month paid internships in small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

That’s right, paid. Not only will you be gaining work experience but also earning £1k a month! That in itself is not to be sniffed at but as well as this there is always the potential to be taken on as a full-time employee after the internship. No promises but also no ‘working for free on a promise’ either.

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That’s the good news. Now here’s the great news…

These positions are just for 2014 University of Hertfordshire graduates. So you’ll only be up against this years graduates from your university, not from all over the country and beyond, increasing your chances. That’s not to say applications will be easy; you will still need to tailor your applications and research the companies just as you normally would but we are here to help with that.

You may have heard this term SME before (we’re always going on about them for a start) but do you know what it means? A small to medium-sized enterprise is a company that typically has a turnover of less than £50million and employs less than 250 employees. SMEs employ 14.4 million people in the UK and have a combined turnover of £1,600 billion. (Federation of Small Businesses) I’ll give you a moment for these figures to sink in…

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What working for an SME gives you is the opportunity to have more contact with higher members of the team (the MD could be in the same office), you’ll have more chance to get your ideas heard, and you’ll get the opportunity to have a more varied work day. Oh and did we mention it was paid?

So here’s the breakdown of what you need to know:

  • The internship will last 3 months, full-time
  • It will be based in a business in Hertfordshire or the surrounding area
  • You will benefit from experience that could lead to a permanent role
  • You must be a 2014 graduate of the University of Hertfordshire

And the last point? You need to apply NOW. These positions will start on or before 12th January 2015. Take a look at the positions on offer and start your research on the companies as soon as possible.

Book an appointment to go through your applications with us and we’ll help make sure you are making the best of your skills. Put the work in on a good application and hopefully you’ll be having a very festive end of year!

Click here to search the internships on CareerHub

photo credit: JD Hancock (Cropped) and Brainedge

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Gill McKenzie is Employer Liaison responsible for SMEs at the University of Hertfordshire.

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