Investigating Insight Schemes
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CASE: Insight schemes
OVERVIEW: An insight day is a short-term opportunity that you can spend with an employer typically over the Easter holidays. You need to investigate:
An insight scheme is an opportunity to work on real life projects which will contribute to a business’ activity. This can vary depending on what industry you are in however it’s a great way to engage with the type of work the organisation does and discover if you enjoy it.
Workshops always play a key role on insight days. They help you develop skills in areas such as time management, communication and resilience. We highly recommend you pay close attention and ask lots of questions as these workshops will help you when applying for internships or job roles.
Additionally, there is always the opportunity to network. Networking is a great way to stay in touch with senior members of staff who can assist you with applications, mentoring and even career choices. Take this opportunity and run with it!
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Why even apply for an insight day?
On top of learning about what you do and don’t like about a job / industry, it’ll also make you stand out from other candidates when applying for jobs or internships.
A lot of employers fast track students who have impressed on the insight days to their internship and placement schemes. This means you miss a lot of the application process and join near the interview stage to impress the recruiters with your new expertise of the company and the industry.
Essentially an insight day is a great way to investigate roles you may be interested in and see if they work for you. Think of it like a ‘try before you buy’ experience.
Applying for insights
Employers are not expecting you to have lots of previous work experience. If anything, insight days have been designed to get experience onto your CV and develop your skill set.
To get ahead of the game, applications usually close in January so make sure you keep a beady eye out for what’s on offer.
Written by Conor
Conor has been writing for RateMyPlacement since July 2016. He joined the company straight out of university, after his dreams of joining the Fire Brigade were dashed due to his pyrophobia. When Conor isn’t putting words together, you’ll find him watching David Attenborough, thinking about sandwiches or talking to his cat.