Networking Nervous

blog post dedicated to students who have little or no work experience.

Putting yourself out there is never easy. I mean I’m from a country where your parents help you get the job. So the idea of actually putting yourself out there is foreign to me.

My friends got to work in the embassy because their parents worked there, and I couldn’t get an internship because my dad didn’t work there” – Josie Culvin (2nd-year UWE )


What do they want?

What are they looking for?

It can be intimidating when you hear all your UK friends talk about all this work experience they have and you have 0.  When I was younger I was taught you get the grades and you will get the job. The media/PR industry doesn’t necessarily work like that. Experience sometimes weighs more than what class you got.

 How do I get in contact with the companies?

What is a cover letter?

Millennials are described to have lost touch with human interactions. Staring at the screen and sharing our emotions but unable to make a simple phone call. But none wants to be rejected and getting rejected for something you want can put you in a deep hole. Terms like cover letters and CV’s are phrase I have heard before but don’t know what to fill them with.

Bruh like exams are coming, I have mock trials and coursework- Mary Samuels (Portsmouth university 2nd- year)

 “Yes, I know what cover letters are. They’re not fun to write but after you have written about 5 or so it gets super easy”- Edna Batengas (2nd-year Simon Fraiser University)

Teachers say it all starts with the first step, and in my case, the first step is following PR practitioners on Twitter and get involved. But liking and retweeting everything they say starts becoming old, and sliding into their DM feels a bit awkward.

I went to a CIPR event, where we discussed what employers are looking for, and one of PR practitioners said that if a cover letter had any grammar mistakes they would chuck it in the bin. * insert big gulp*

So what do you do now?

It’s hard, and it’s defiantly hard when this is your first time doing this. The big tip I would give is get involved. A CV’s isn’t going to fill itself so think of ways that you can get experience. It doesn’t mean you have to quit university and find a job, there are little things. Start a blog or find internships for a short period and build your CV’s.

Familiarise yourself with the career center in your school, they can teach you how to write a cover letter. They inform you on paper work that you might need to fill, for international students that is national assurance number form.

We CAN do this.


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