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I am an 18yo Pre-University student taking a year out between finishing high school and starting at Glasgow University next September to study Mechanical Engineering. I had a work placement lined up until April next year with a company based in Edinburgh. However this recently fell through and I am now without any sort of relevant experience for the year. Originally I signed up to the EDT year in industry however their options for placements in Scotland were limited let alone Edinburgh, I then resorted to contacting the previously mentioned company and went in for an interview, which went brilliantly and I was told that the only remaining formality was approval by HR who were based down in England. This took about a month to happen and I was then told that they were not able to hire me due to budgetary restrictions, leaving me without any plans. I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me or anyone else in a similar situation on how to make the most of my gap year and gain some relevant experience.
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i took a gap year and did internships, work experience, volunteering and built a solid cv from it
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i took a gap year and did internships, work experience, volunteering and built a solid cv from it
Which industry did you want to get into - after university that is?
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(Original post by Dominoes)
i took a gap year and did internships, work experience, volunteering and built a solid cv from it
How did you find places willing to take you on and how would you recommend I approach companies?
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Which industry did you want to get into - after university that is?
finance

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How did you find places willing to take you on and how would you recommend I approach companies?
just googled charities, work experience. go on indeed and gumtree search for internships/work experience. sent out tonnes of speculative applications. just keep eyes open the whole year and need a lot of luck
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finance



just googled charities, work experience. go on indeed and gumtree search for internships/work experience. sent out tonnes of speculative applications. just keep eyes open the whole year and need a lot of luck
Alright thanks for the advice, I'll have a look.
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(Original post by Dominoes)
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just googled charities, work experience. go on indeed and gumtree search for internships/work experience. sent out tonnes of speculative applications. just keep eyes open the whole year and need a lot of luck
Oh nice - I want to head into finance as well and thinking about taking a gap year too (Im in year 13).

- where and how did you get work experience if you don't mind me asking?
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