Hope you are all having a fantastic summer break!
As some of you may already know, the time of the year where companies begin opening vacancies for graduate jobs and internships is approaching. It is therefore important to prepare for this in order to maximise your chances of success.
One form of preparation you may choose to do is to set up a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a website (and mobile app) that allows you to connect with people you may know, read and share news articles, follow companies and pages which interest you and browse for jobs.
From personal experience, I can confidently say that getting a LinkedIn account is totally worth it as LinkedIn helped me find my internship for this summer! So, in order to set up an account, navigate to this link, enter your details, click 'Join now' and follow the steps.
After making your account, I would suggest starting out by making connections as having connections makes it easier to find pages and companies to follow which may be of interest to you. LinkedIn, like Facebook, will help you find connections straight away from information you may have entered when setting up your account. For example, if you inputted that you’re an Economics student at the University of Bristol, LinkedIn will suggest connections who are also Economics students at UoB, making it easy to find classmates!
Once you have found one connection, by going onto their profile and scrolling to the bottom of the page there is a section called ‘People Also Viewed’ which lists 10 other profiles. This is a super helpful feature to use when finding people as you can quickly go from one account to another connecting with people you know via mutual connections.
Now, increasing your number of connections is great but how can you actually use LinkedIn to get a graduate job or an internship?
If you navigate to the search bar and search, for example ‘Summer Internship’, there will be a list of companies advertising for internships – finding something is as easy as that! You can use filters to narrow the search down based on the date posted, location, industry etc. When clicking on an advertisement, you are able to read the job description and find out how to apply. Just like with finding connections, at the bottom of every advertisement there is a section called ‘People Also Viewed’ which lists 10 similar advertisements, again making it easier to find the perfect role for you!
Thank you for reading this article, and I hope it has inspired you to set up a LinkedIn account if you haven't done so already. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or my committee (email@example.com) if we can be of assistance in any way. Additionally, if you have any great pieces of advice for fellow members please post them below.
I hope you all continue enjoying your holidays and if you have a LinkedIn account don’t forget to follow our *BRAND NEW* UoB Women in Finance page!