When to start looking
Some large organisations offer work placements for first years but most will offer opportunities for those in their penultimate year. These roles will usually be advertised from August/September and will often be filled by December, so it’s worth doing your research in your first year and being ready to go with your applications at the start of your penultimate year. Keep an eye on the Deadlines Calendar to make sure you never miss a deadline.
Deciding where to apply
There’s a huge amount of information out there to help you to decide where to apply. Careers fairs, graduate websites and publications and employer events are all useful sources of information. Make sure you avoid the scattergun approach and whittle your list down to under ten applications. If you find yourself struggling to articulate why you want to work for a specific firm, take them off your list! Once you’ve decided where to apply, read these three top tips for your consultancy application.
Before an internship
You’ll often secure your internship months in advance, which gives you lots of time to prepare. It’s a good idea to keep up to date with the organisation you’re joining by following them on social media, or you could set-up a google alert so you’re aware of any developments in the news. Building your commercial awareness by reading journals and newspapers like The Economist and The Financial Times and following consultant blogs can also be useful. Make sure you also brush up your PowerPoint and Excel skills as you’ll be able to be more effective if you are proficient/advanced in both of these.