The question I get asked a lot at this time of year is ‘how do I get experience, placements, summer work’.
My first question is ‘have you been networking’? If you know people, and people know you, then you are more likely to find work placements. Have you been going to GeeUps? Have you attended MadLab events? Have been to a BLAB? Are you a Manchester Digital student? Did you go to #naconf? You can’t afford to sit back and wait for this to come to you.
All of these may help you get you intouch with the right people. It shows your enthusiasm for the subject. Mix and make new friends and contacts. Have you joined the LinkedIn Group: MediaCityUK | BBC North Salford University Granada ITV Salford Quays Peel MANCHESTER Forum for News and Jobs?
What about work experince schemes? Have you had a look at:
And our own Web Angels voluntary scheme.
How about work for friends and family? You need to be developing an online portfolio, jobs large and small help. Learnt a new trick? Implemented a clever bit of CSS? Blog about it. Put a demo on your portfolio. Show that you love this stuff.
Oh and read! Read blogs, read articles, follow tweets, read books (yes, our web design units have reading lists starting with The Web Standardistas). We had one of web design’s most famous authors, Andy Clarke in to talk to you before Christmas. Have you read his book yet?
Finally, set yourself some targets. This summer I am going to learn… go for it.