The title says it all really. I’ve spend the last few months trying to be organised and set myself up a work experience/internship/placement during the summer. The most frustrating experience of my life!
I’m not kidding, I’ve filled out 4 hours of online testing for a company, only to immediately be sent an email telling me I was automatically being screened out of the application process for not being in my final year - which I had told them before I filled out their stupid tests. So many companies don’t even reply to emails asking what their policy is on work experience; whereas others who do have defined schemes on their websites don’t seem to know anything about it when you ring them up.
So far I must have spent a fortune on stamps filling in and sending in applications which require “A passport style photo attached with a non-metal paperclip”, applications that need filling out on a computer before being posted as paper copies, and hours filling in repetitive forms online. And I really, really wish there weren’t so many of those stupid “Tell me about a time when you were in a management position whilst working in a team on a project…” type questions. Seriously, I swear they are a waste of time, not to mention pretty obscure…
Thing is, I don’t just want a placement so I can stick it on my CV to apply for a job – its because I don’t know what job I want to do ! Plus it would make more sense to try and work that out now so I can start choosing my modules with an aim in sight – not to mention the cost of my degree and any masters degree I might potentially do afterwards!
So far, its not looking so good for getting a placement, I’ve just got a few left to hear back from. So if anyone will take a 2nd year undergraduate Environmental Geoscience for any work experience, unpaid or not, to do with anything in the Environmental Management/Resource Management/Environmental Consulting industry, let me know!