Hi Francesca, I would say that second year summer internships are a very useful way of being accepted for the graduate scheme. The majority of the people I know who were on the summer vacation scheme ended up taking up graduate positions.
The SVS is a great opportunity to show that you are well suited to the role, and gives plenty to discuss in the partner interview should you decide to apply for a full time role.
Hi Francesca, I would say that all work experience is valuable as it will give you experience to draw upon in an interview. However we do not require students to have taken part in a formal work experience scheme as long as they have some form of basic work experience
All job related experience is good experience!
In terms of importance, as Daniel says the majority continue into grad roles but plenty people in grad roles have not done prior internships.
Thank you all, I understand. I have applied for summer internships but I am still hesitating; I will hopefully have the opportunity to do a few job shadowing periods in different companies (probably one in PwC and one in Deloitte) and I think this would possibly give me a broader understanding of the different roles in different companies.
Yes that would absolutely be a beneficial thing to do
Francesca, I interned at other Big4 prior to Deloitte, it will certainly give you something to talk about in your graduate interviews
Do you think that possibly having tried different roles even if for a shorter period of time would give me an advantage? (also in terms of understanding what I would like to do!)
I think that it would as this would help you justify your career motivation for your chosen career path
Yes, even working in a business environment will show that you have the ability to work with other people and perform under pressure, it's all useful no matter what role you are applying for
I hope this has been useful Francesca - Is there anything else we can help with?
Thank you, it was really useful! Actually, the last thing I'd like to ask: do you have any "networking tips"? When I meet recruiters, I am not sure how to balance questions and information about me; i.e. I don't want to start talking non-stop about my experience but at the same time I don't want to make the contact a third degree interrogation!
When meeting recruiters I would recommend taking every opportunity to ask any questions and ensure you show your enthusiasm towards the role
When introducing yourself, keep it simple, let them know the year of study and degree and role you are looking to apply to or area of interest, the recruiter can help steer the conversation from there. :)
Thank you! Really useful advice, I appreciate it! :)
Best of luck Francesca
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