DGHE & Coronavirus

Keep Applying for Job Vacancies and Internships …

Apr 17, 2020 | General| Students Career Progression


Welcome to the fifth DGHE Careers Blog.  Yesterday I took part in a webinar with the Institute of Student Employers (ISE)  on Managing Recruitment in a Crisis led by Stephen Isherwood, ISE's CEO and I wanted to share some of the information with you…  

The overriding message is to

“keep applying for vacancies and internships” because organisations are quickly changing their ways of working, so where possible they are still accepting applications.

As you would expect there are some caveats:

  • 27% employers are recruiting fewer graduates
  • 31% less interns and placement students


  • 60% have moved assessment centres online
  • 71% have moved interviews online

So, the many organisations which are still working will handle their recruitment processes differently embracing telephone and video interviews, Zoom assessment centres etc.  For support with this, see my previous Careers Blog on “Ten Top Tips for Phone and Video Interviews”. 

You might be surprised to hear that some internships are still going ahead but they are changing. From the Employer ‘Town Hall’ feedback we know that employers are:

  • Seeking to shorten placements, move them online or to offer alternative online experiences
  • Deliver a range of skills-based training activities online for their interns. These can be grouped together, and recognition offered for students who complete all activities.
  • Connecting interns with a mentor in their organisation as this can provide them with insights into the organisation even if they can’t run a full internship.

So, the overriding message is to… 

  • Keep applying, but be prepared to be flexible and undertake an online project for an employer and then present solutions back to the employer, instead of a traditional internship at the employers’ premises

For job vacancies and internships try the following:

  • Employers’-own websites If you have specific companies in mind, then explore and apply directly through their own sites. For larger organisations, you may be able to search for ‘graduate opportunities’, ‘early careers’ or ‘experienced hires’, depending on your circumstances. Tip: Follow these organisations on your LinkedIn and social media platforms.
  • You can directly search and apply for jobs on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)  and other social media platforms.
  • So join LinkedIn.  Put together an online profile.  This is straightforward to do, but remember to check all your spelling and grammar is correct.  I can help you with this if you contact me at a.kinloch@dghe.ac.uk  Once on LinkedIn you can start to build a network and follow companies you are interested in to see how and when they are recruiting
  • For lots of other useful careers advice and potential vacancies also look at:  https://www.prospects.ac.uk/graduate-jobs
  • https://targetjobs.co.uk/
  • You can search sites such as Agency Central (www.agencycentral.co.uk)  for a list of recruitment agencies. Think about which agencies will best benefit you and your career. Developing relationships with two or three, particularly in your location or with your specific sector specialism, could be time well spent.
  • Don’t forget traditional newspapers, hardcopy or online. From national daily newspapers to local papers and trade journals, the traditional news media is still a good source of vacancies. Make a note of their advertising patterns; you will find that most of the newspapers advertise certain sectors or roles on particular days of the week. Find local and national newspapers at the Paperboy www.thepaperboy.com/uk 

And finally, a word of caution: beware of job scams

  • Unfortunately, not all advertised jobs are legitimate, and you will need to be wary of opportunities that look too good to be true. Look out for the following red flags:
  • Do the contact details look appropriate for the organisation? Are they using personal or random email addresses?
  • Is the advert badly written?
  • Is the salary realistic for the role?
  • Are they asking YOU for money?
  • Are they asking for personal details, such as your bank details or driver’s licence information?
  • Did they offer you a job as soon as you sent your CV?

With best wishes,

Angela Kinloch, Careers & Employability Consultant, DGHE a.kinloch@dghe.ac.uk