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    I am applying to many companies for an internship. However, so far the furthest I have got is doing the online test, and then I fail (without knowing my score).

    Like many others on here I am sure, I am worried that I won't find an internship and I will have to spend a year doing nothing (I don't want to apply for an average job doing shelf filling, it should be relevant to what I am studying - IT), or I will have to jump to my final year. This will be my first job and I need a job to afford to run a car. Buying a car isn't a problem, petrol usually is.

    So the question is, does anyone know of any good/proven paid and unpaid IT training programmes within London? I have heard of Aimacademy and also Just IT. I've also noticed a lot of these programs are for graduates and not undergraduates, so I feel as if IT undergraduates are left in the dark somewhat. Has anyone got any feedback on these programs? Or any other IT-related ideas of legally making money? I would like to have my own portfolio and do work for clients (graphics, logos, whatever, but keep the work small - not large websites), as I do have a lot of free time due to my coursework being done ASAP, but I can't do this either as my skillset is still developing and has a long way to go.

    So IT undergraduates, what will you do if you cannot find a work placement? It really worries me. All these skills and yet it doesn't make things easier. I should be a freelancer...
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    I'm assuming you mean for an intercalated year in industry in the middle of your degree, rather than over the summer? Either way though, if you've not managed to get a placement through a big firm with a specific internship program, you could always try a smaller, local firm. There are *loads* of small IT businesses (hopefully your university careers service could put you in touch with some - failing that, try the Yellow Pages!) so it'd definitely be worth approaching a few with a CV. Alternatively, since it's IT, you could try talking to other businesses which use IT and, therefore, need IT support. Schools and colleges, for example, are likely to have a small team of IT support people - you could try approaching your old school/college and see if they might be able to help you out.
    Hope that helps a bit.
    Jenn xx
 
 
 
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