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7 Tips on Finding a Summer Internship in London

7 Tips on Finding a Summer Internship in London

by Nina Christopoulou

Student life has its ups and downs, but one thing is for sure: it doesn’t last forever! While London has plenty of job opportunities, securing an internship during summer is the preferred way to go in terms of entering the UK job market and gaining some valued UK experience for your following endeavours. So, let’s have a look at the top tips to find a summer internship in the UK:

1. Oh, the Internet!

And by “Oh, the Internet!” I mean the top portals to hunt for internships. They are a good place to start your search and will definitely inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to potential employers. The must-know are:
targetjobs.co.uk/internships
ratemyplacement.co.uk/internships
studentjob.co.uk/internship

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2. Cover Letters matter

Most applications in the UK require a cover letter accompanying your CV. Unfortunately, writing one is a lengthy process and a tricky one at that. If you want to amp your chances at landing an interview, carefully look through the job description and do some research into the company you are applying for. A set-template for a cover letter won’t do, you will need to tailor the content to each application.

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3. Sell your skills

Experience, or lack thereof is not of central importance to internship applications. But what does matter, is how you present it. Always think in terms of applicable skills when doing either your CV or the cover letter – knowing another language is a communicational skill that services inter-cultural communication. Having done a semester abroad entails adaptability to diverse and challenging environments. So try to make the most out of what you’ve got!

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4. Use those alumni portals

Normal search methods are good, but if you want to go for “great”, you will need to go the extra mile. Universities have alumni portals which help you get in touch with your uni’s former students who are now professionals and potentially professionals in your area of interest. Hunting them down on alumni portals and making a LinkedIn connection or sending them a friendly message is always a good way to unearth potential positions that have not opened up yet.

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5. Start your search early

The UK market is time-sensitive when it comes to graduate schemes, summer internships and the lot. So starting your search as early as possible could make all the difference – if you are a last minute type of person there is a good chance that by the time you start working on those applications you will have much less opportunities to apply for.

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6. Do your homework

Gotten that sought-after interview you wanted? Great, but your work doesn’t stop there. Before going to meet your interviewer, it is important to do your homework both in the industry and in the company. Important things to be aware of are the company’s strong and weak points, their greatest competitors, their overall mentality and obviously the industry’s landscape.

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7. Get feedback

Feedback is key to improving both your existing process as well as landing an actual job faster when it comes down to it. It is great to get as much feedback as you can during your search for an internship: friends, professors, your uni’s career advisors, even potential interviewers can give you feedback on what it is that you can improve when it comes to your demeanour, CV or Cover Letter.

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Top 7 Things To Do In London This June

Top 7 Things To Do In London This June

by Nina Christopoulou

Excited for your monthly update as per usual? Tune in to get the best options for June’s events, because we took our time gathering them for you!

7. Hampton Court Palace Festival

The sun is up in London and an open air festival is the perfect opportunity to soak up the rays before they disappear again! From Lionel Richie to Tom Jones, simple picnics to waterside gazebos, this festival has it all. Plus you have time to enjoy it – from June 5th until the 23rd!

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6. Taste of London

Regent’s Park will gather 40 up and coming eateries to create the must of the season! A restaurant festival which will host great names such as El Pastor, Barrafina and Salon is set for June 13th to the 17th, and it sounds promising to say the least!

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5. West End Live

Improvising their way to the most central square (yes, yes, that would be Trafalgar) of London, West End musical casts are preparing to mesmerise you. All time classics, new sets and more are in the works for musical theatre fans. Beware the spectacle runs for 2 days only, so make sure to save the date(s) – June 16 & 17.

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4. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

This annual celebration of Chinese culture is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Dozens of Dragon boats will be racing on the Thames on Sunday, June 3rd. But the show does not stop on the water – lots of Chinese festivities will take place on land as well, from street food to traditional lion dancing. Sounds like a Sunday well
spent, doesn’t it?

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3. Open Garden Squares Weekend

This is an all inclusive event, as more than 200 gardens across London unlock their usually constrained gates to show their beauty to the world! The weekend 9-10 of June is your chance to explore squares and roof terraces you haven’t been able to sneak into before!

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2. The Halo installation

Mirrors, light and the impression of a halo will attract you to Somerset House this June. From June 8th head over to the extravagant building to see the impressive show and the accompanying exhibition, dedicated to Britain’s independent magazine.

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1. The Queen’s Birthday Parade

There is nothing more traditional in Britain than its royals. So it is expected that London goes all out on the Queen’s Birthday (June 9th, in case you weren’t aware!). “Trooping the Colour” as the Queen’s Official Birthday Parade is called is the experience of a lifetime – so put a note in your calendar asap.

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7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting University

7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting University

by Nina Christopoulou

Most students arrive in London and have left all their preparations to the last minute. Why that is? Largely because youth entails constantly being a rookie! So we decided to help and give you some pointers before you embark on your academic journey:

1. How to write essays

For those of you coming to study in London from abroad, be warned! UK universities expect you to be able to write essays, and pretty good ones. But essay writing is not as easy as it sounds – you need clear argumentation, attention to detail etc. While you can get some help with that at your uni, we would suggest looking into it a little earlier.

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2. What coffee works for you

Although there are numerous places in London where you can find a lot of variations of coffee (Pret, Starbucks, Nero and the list goes on), if you are hooked on coffee like ourselves, you will need to do your own market research to find the ONE (… that wakes you up at 7 a.m. on a Monday morning for your 3 hour long lecture with that boring professor you hate to listen to).

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3. When to work

Deadline periods are meant for you to finalise the work you did throughout the semester, not do the work you should have done earlier. Get a head start on those assignments and spare yourself the 5 sequenced all nighters!

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4. Minding that budget

Student life can be a pain for your wallet, so try your best to adhere to some sort of financial schedule. Thankfully in London you have a lot of hacks at your disposal: 10% student discount at retailers, happy hour for more alcohol than usual, and bikes to save you the steep oyster charge!

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5. Making the most out of Freshers Week

Every beginning is tough, but if you show up to Freshers Week and get involved, you will find out that things will run smoother than expected. It is a great opportunity to find out stuff about your uni, extra activities and clubs and of course, socialise as much as you can!

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6. Getting to know your lecturers

Unlike school, uni was not imposed on you. So make the most of it by engaging with your lecturers – ask questions, get their advice, make them know your name. It will help you throughout your studies, in finding your interests and most importantly, it will help you when it is time to leave uni!

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7. You need to do you

Saved the best for last: stress is definitely going to take the best of you at some points. You need to find things that work for you – if you are not a morning person, don’t force yourself to study in the morning. If you have spent 8 hours in the library, no matter how much you have left, grab a drink with your friends and relax. Take care of yourself first and foremost!

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London ranked top city in the world for students

London ranked top city in the world for students

by Nina Christopoulou

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The votes are in and London has the lead! The QS higher education group just published their review of the 30 top university cities to study.

A list produced by data analysis on a survey conducted among 50,000 students shows that London is their top pick. London is renowned for its selection of world-class institutions, with many great names such as Imperial, UCL, LSE and King’s College. But what other factors contributed to this choice, other than the number of top universities? The survey included questions on a student’s major worries: integration into the job market, diversity of culture and of course the quality of life.

The fact that London is a very international setting means that overseas students feel comfortable in their environment, and have the added benefit of a multi-cultural education. Regarding the job market, it is positively viewed as a place where connecting with future employers and finding professional opportunities is enabled.

Its benefits seem to outweigh the slightly elevated cost of life in student’s eyes, allowing for London to surpass cities such as Montreal and Paris which previously held the reigns! As for our role in making your student experience even better in the top city for students? The Stay Club’s vision is to provide students and young professionals with affordable, premium accommodation; always in great London locations!

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