Rebecca, a second year Modern Languages student shares some tips on applying for placements:
Applying to placements can be stressful and confusing, so it’s important to look after your wellbeing while doing so. Here are some of my tips:
Rushing to create your CV and cover letter in order to meet an application deadline can be very stressful, so if possible it’s a great idea to prepare these documents early on and make sure you are knowledgeable about what to include before you write them. Keeping your CV regularly updated and having one ready before you start applying for placements reduces the amount of time you have to spend updating it later on and means you can focus on your cover letter (which needs to be specific to each application.) Preparation reduces the amount of work you need to do later, therefore reducing stress for future applications.
- Make use of University services
The University has many resources to help you with your placement applications, including portals to help you source placements, application skills and interview skills. I would also recommend sending CVs and cover letters to the placement team of your University department for proofreading to ensure they are the best they can be. Using the University services can help you to understand more about your applications, making it less confusing.
- Take breaks
Although applying for placements can often feel like a time crunch, it’s important to look after your wellbeing at the same time. Make time alongside your applications for your hobbies, socialising and self-care. Turning off devices and spending some time outside has been proven to boost mood – making it a great way to unwind and relax during your placement applications.
- Accepting rejection
Unfortunately, while applying for placements it is likely you will face rejection – that's just a part of the process! Although rejection can be frustrating, especially after spending a long time on an application, it gives you a chance to develop and make improvements for your next application. It’s important to not be too caught up on the rejection and instead focus on moving forward onto the next application.
- Trust the process!
The application period can seem long and tedious, however it will all be worth it once you secure a placement! Trust the process and remain resilient and you will find the right placement that suits you.