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Summer job advice [May. 15th, 2006|09:20 pm]
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Hi everyone, I'm after a bit of summer-job related advice.

My course is over for summer, and I'm needing to get a job. While I started off thinking that i'd probably end up as a data entry robot or making tea, lots of people have suggested I go for something Graphic Design related instead. Though I've already been considering getting some sort of work experience (i.e. the unpaid kind) in the field over the summer, I hadn't considered getting paid work and therefore have no idea how to approach it as a just-finished first year student who's after some summer work (in the UK). I really don't have any idea of what I should be aiming for, or even where to begin looking - if anyone has any advice to point me in the right direction it would be very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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[User Picture]From: hexdcml
2006-05-16 08:01 am (UTC)
It might be a little late, but try the Student's Union - or at least for the next academic year. I know that our SU (Kingston) had paid graphic design jobs for adverts and posters for the paper.
Try Craigslist perhaps? http://london.craigslist.org/ erm, and yeah, ask around for friends and family.
If there are any local businesses that have awful tacky leaflets, approach them and ask to re-do their image a bit for cheap?! Put flyers out and also diversify what you wish to do.

I've almost finished my degree and started getting experience and that in my second year. It is awesome that you're thinking about it now. I can't give you wise words of wisdom, but merely tell you how I tried to go abouts it.
Ideally, everyone wants to get paid, however, for most people/small businesses, it's also a risk to try a student and what not, hence working-for-free is often the easiest way. I spent my 2nd year summer shadowing a wedding photographer and eventually working for the SU as a photographer - though unpaid.

However, the purpose of relevant work experience is not solely to for the job experience itself, but also a way of meeting new people, and ultimately, networking. So don't discount work-for-free just yet (most of the time, they'll pay for your expenses or what not, so all isn't lost on a poor lowly student! LOL )
Some of my classmates have also gotten short jobs at developing websites and stuff, though how they did it is beyond me.

Hope it helps!
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[User Picture]From: treacle_a
2006-05-16 03:00 pm (UTC)
We get a lot of CVs and enquiries from students who are looking for work experience in their summer holidays and, if we had the room and the time, we'd probably jump at the chance.

A good, well-written letter, a CV and (most importantly!) a few examples of your best work or a weblink will do wonders, although maybe the letter's the most important part as it's the one way you can stand out from the crowd. Emphasise that you're keen to learn, to make the tea, to do any old bollocks just to get a foot in the door, and you'll already be ahead of the rest of the crowd who imagine they're going to walk into a £18k a year Junior job ;)
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