FIND MY WORK PLACEMENT

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student being asked to find a work placement but you don’t know where to start or how to go about it? This section can help!
It contains information on the different types of work placements and on what is expected of you, links to organizations that might be able to help you, ideas of where to look, and much, much more. Dig around and lose yourself in these pages, and you’re bound to learn something.

You can write to a company or entity for wich you would like to work but do no currently offer internships or positions.

Your CV may be put in a corner, but if it is interesting, it will probably be retained to remind you later when an opportunity arises.

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  • Who negotiates what? Your course’s placement director? Your industrial liaison office? Your academic advisor? You?

 

  • With whom do you negotiate? The HR Director? Your corporate advisor? Someone else?

 

  • What can you suggest, demand and accept?

 

  • What subjects is it best to avoid? (job post-placement, etc.)

 

  • When and how do you negotiate? (by email, during the hiring interview, at the beginning of the placement?)

 

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Depending on the level of the placement, you can undoubtedly try to “negotiate” the following points with the company. You are not in a position to impose your wishes, but it may be necessary to clarify certain points.

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A face-to-face interview is not uncommon, even for work placements. Since it’s simply impossible for applicants from North Africa or the Near East to travel to Germany for an interview, it’s important to ask in advance whether it is possible to conduct an interview via Skype or another video chat channel. Most HR officers will understand that. However, a remote interview is not very different from a face-to-face one.

Appear in person (HR officers are professionals; they will realize it if you are trying to deceive them).

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Seven recommendations for a successful job interview (video in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO6vN70ymuU

Question: Tell me about yourself (video in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i4BaK9tUws

What are your qualities / flaws / areas for improvement (video in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZZEMtAe0j4

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Questions

Answers

... would you choose the same course of study?

* Don’t give the impression that you chose your direction by process of elimination

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Do:

- Be on time;

- Be yourself;

- Be concise yet precise in your answers and avoid filler words;

- Be positive about yourself. Even if you are not very communicative, sociable or flexible, you can turn those subjective concepts to your advantage;

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To track down a good work placement, rigour, enthusiasm and perseverance should be your motto. Remember that a work placement can be a pre-hire opportunity, so research is crucial.

 

Some search advice:

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