Access to high quality work placements or internships can significantly impact on the career intentions of women undergraduates studying STEM subjects. Placements increase the career confidence of women, and when combined with good careers advice, they increase the likelihood of them applying successfully for STEM roles.
One of the key aims of the CareerWISE project is to improve employability through the provision of high quality placements that develop both the technical and soft skills desired by recruiting employers. The top 3 skills gained by Careerwise placementees are technical, effective communication/self-presentation and self-management/organisational skills These are the top 3 skills reported by employers as lacking among job applicants.
Through Careerwise, students have greater access to STEM industry opportunities, increased awareness of STEM occupations and increased employability skills in preparation for entry to STEM employment.
Careerwise is not just a placement scheme, it provides additional careers support and advice to all placementees pre and post placement to safeguard the transition.
Students who successfully obtain a Careerwise placement will also receive excellent careers advice to safeguard your transition to fruitful STEM professions. This includes mandatory attendance at our pre and post placement workshops where students are given tools and techniques to make the most of their placement, and to capture and translate new learning to your CV and at future job interviews. Students are also offered a 1-2-1 one hour career session with a top head hunter and the opportunity to develop a bespoke Career Action Plan.
How to Apply
To apply for a Careerwise work placement students must be:
- Identify as a woman
- Matriculated at a Scottish University
- Studying a science, technology, engineering or maths related subject
- Eligible to work in the UK
- Complete online application
- Include Cover letter
- Attached your CV – it’s that simple!
Students who wish to be notified when the 2017 placements are open for applications should join our student network – Interconnect. Students registered with Interconnect will be contacted first when the Careerwise placements are open for applications.
Placement opportunities will be uploaded to the Equate Scotland website early October 2016.
Students have six weeks to make their applications – you can apply for as many placements as you like.
The closing date for all applications (unless otherwise stated in the placement advert) has been extended by one week to Friday 2nd December 2016 at midnight.
By end of March 2017 placement offers will be made to the successful students by all employers.
Students who make one or two tailored applications are more successful at obtaining a placement, compared to those students who make numerous generic applications.