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Doing well at University is a great start to a fulfilling career but a degree alone is not enough to secure a good job on graduating.

As well as looking for evidence of your academic achievement, employers want you to have gained work experience and developed a range of skills which will allow you to make an early and positive contribution on starting your first graduate job.

Online resources

Adopt an Intern - Graduate internships in the public, private and voluntary sector.

AIESEC - (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) is the world's largest not-for-profit student-managed youth development organisation.

BUNAC - arranges visas and assists you to find summer work mainly in the USA and Canada; includes summer camps and a lot more.

Employ Ability - works in partnership with major employers to provide work experience internships and also permanent graduate posts for students and graduates with disabilities.

European exchange - the European exchange programme enables students to study or do a work placement for typically three to 12 months in one of 32 other European countries as part of a degree course.

Bright Green Placements - Scotland-wide programme, offering exciting placement opportunities to students and recent graduates.

IAESTE an international project-based technical summer work programme for penultimate year students of engineering, science, agriculture, architecture and related fields.

Intern Town - site providing space for interns from all over the world to find challenging positions for up to 12 months at exciting companies worldwide.

JET - The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is an official Japanese Government scheme to improve foreign language teaching in schools and to promote international understanding

Projects Abroad - global organiser of overseas volunteer work placements. Volunteer projects for Gap Years, Career Breaks, Electives and Summer Placements.

Prospects - includes a database of all kinds of work experience placements, from full sandwich years to vacation work and work shadowing.

Rate My Placement - allows you to search for and view ratings of placements made by students who have had placements in particular organisations.

Saltire Foundation - the Saltire Scholars Undergraduate Internship Programme gives undergraduate students with huge potential and ambition the chance to experience the working environment of highly successful firms or high growth entrepreneurial companies at home and abroad.

Santander Internship Programme - This programme is a collaborative scheme between the University,Santander and external Small and Medium Sized (SME) organisations.

Season Workers - The award winning Season Workers website makes finding seasonal and temp jobs, outdoor sports courses and work, TEFL opportunities and holiday work easy and fun.

STEP - Step Classic is the work experience programme for undergraduates studying full-time for a degree at a UK University and is open to students of any course or discipline.

Target Jobs - Covers placements, internships, summer jobs and voluntary work.

The Year in Industry - paid placements for students in their gap year, before or during their degree course.

Tuinternship - internship opportunities across Europe for university students and new graduates

General Vacancy Websites

General Vacancy Websites advertising both work experience and graduate vacancies

Industry Specific Websites

Vacancy websites grouped by industry sector.

Making Speculative Approaches

Rather than rely soley on advertised vacancies, making a speculative application can be a useful part of your job hunting strategy. This involves approaching an organisation directly about the possibility of working for them and promoting the skills and experience you have to offer.

Making a Speculative Application