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graduate talent pool

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by arj7, May 8, 2010.

  1. arj7

    arj7 Nibble Poster

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    Hi
    Im not sure if people have used this or not, anyway i graduated last year and was looking at doing some kind of internship as a way of getting experience (as i currently have none). Im finding getting a job difficult and thought this could be an idea of building experience.
    Anyway I emailed a company i found via the graduate talent pool called global work placements and they said

    Thanks for your email.

    We would be delighted to offer you an Internship.

    Would you be able to fill in our booking form?

    We charge £500 per placement and this includes interview, CV advice and a tailored internship.

    I have enclosed relevant information for you.


    Is that a good idea? I mean my first thought was £500 is a bit steep but then i thought it could help me in the long run. I have asked if the internship would be paid but have yet to get a response.
     
  2. GSteer

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    I'd also ask if they guarantee you and internship as well alongwith a development plan whilst on the internship.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    In my opinion, any company that charges *you* for placement isn't worth going with. Any respectable placement company will charge the employer with no out-of-pocket cost to you.
     
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  4. supernova

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    A company that charges doesn't sound right to me, you dont really need a company to do that for you anyway. Speak to your universities career advice department.

    What i would say is the IT market is very competitive at the moment. There are loads of unemployed looking for work some of which are prepared to work for free (well whilst on benefits) in job placements to get their foot in the door. You also have many people doing voluntary work trying to keep themselves busy and gain experience.

    It isn't even that easy to get voluntary work in some areas at the moment because so many people are doing it . Also charities and companies don't really have the funds for projects at the moment so the demand for volunteers isnt that great.

    In fact the job centre is sending more and more people to places for basic training, job searches and to find them such voluntary work that the demand for placements has never been so great.

    I don't want to put people off , all i am just saying is don't expect instant results keep trying.
     
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  5. arj7

    arj7 Nibble Poster

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    That is what i thought, but then again with jobs so scarce obviously people are going to try to take advantage of the situation.
    God i want a job :(
     
  6. BosonMichael
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    Which means you should be even more vigilant in protecting yourself from "too good to be true" scams.

    If you are employed, keep applying for as many IT jobs as you can. If you are NOT currently employed, make getting a job your full-time job. Call *every* IT service organization and PC repair shop in the area. Go door-to-door in business parks enquiring about potential openings. Attend meetings of IT professional organizations. Don't just wait for a great job to show up.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  7. wagnerk
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    Have you thought about contacting your Uni where you graduated and asked them what post graduate assistance they can offer? Or attended career fairs that get held at Uni's/Colleges?

    -Ken
     
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  8. Jiser

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    Dude no!!

    Apply for graduate schemes through the normal mediums.

    try somewhere like www.milkround.com

    If you fancy internships after graduating try somewhere like www.mountbatten.org (unfortunately their prices went up from 2 - 6k) I am currently on mountbatten working for CITI in NYC doing project management type things for technology, it was a nice change in direction from school I.T. Teching.

    Look around anywhere to get your foot in the door though, reed.co.uk etc, get applying to those 1st line jobs. Do not pay though to do an internship like that. Sounds a bit dodgy.
     
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