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I’ve been planning on applying for internships in finance/banking for summer 2020 but I feel like there’s no point because I have an awful application.

I do maths at uni of Leeds and have good A level/AS level/GCSE grades, but not exceptional (I have all As and no A*s). I haven’t done any extra curricular except part time retail work for 3 years, and my average grade for 1st year was 52% I think.

I just feel like, in amongst hundreds of applications for internships from students who are on track for 1sts, who have 4567 extra-curriculars and better A levels, then there’s no way I’d even get picked for interview.

Applying for internships is so time consuming, and honestly I don’t see the point if I know I don’t have the chance.

But then I’m terrified that there’s no way I’ll get a graduate job if I don’t have an internship.

I’m planning to learn coding languages, and possibly start learning a language as a beginner then teach English in another country for a few months to a year, after I graduate. I feel like these skills might help me at least appear more well-rounded to a graduate employer.

I also HOPE to graduate with a 2:1. My main worry is having nothing to differentiate myself from other applicants after graduation.

So, in summary:
- Do I keep applying for 2020 internships or do I turn my focus to my degree and building other skills?
- Will building extra skills alongside my actual uni course help me be differentiated from other applicants for graduate schemes if I don’t have any industrial experience in the form of internships?
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i’m gonna bump this. i need answers too
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(Original post by Jadexoxoxo)
I’ve been planning on applying for internships in finance/banking for summer 2020 but I feel like there’s no point because I have an awful application.

I do maths at uni of Leeds and have good A level/AS level/GCSE grades, but not exceptional (I have all As and no A*s). I haven’t done any extra curricular except part time retail work for 3 years, and my average grade for 1st year was 52% I think.

I just feel like, in amongst hundreds of applications for internships from students who are on track for 1sts, who have 4567 extra-curriculars and better A levels, then there’s no way I’d even get picked for interview.

Applying for internships is so time consuming, and honestly I don’t see the point if I know I don’t have the chance.

But then I’m terrified that there’s no way I’ll get a graduate job if I don’t have an internship.

I’m planning to learn coding languages, and possibly start learning a language as a beginner then teach English in another country for a few months to a year, after I graduate. I feel like these skills might help me at least appear more well-rounded to a graduate employer.

I also HOPE to graduate with a 2:1. My main worry is having nothing to differentiate myself from other applicants after graduation.

So, in summary:
- Do I keep applying for 2020 internships or do I turn my focus to my degree and building other skills?
- Will building extra skills alongside my actual uni course help me be differentiated from other applicants for graduate schemes if I don’t have any industrial experience in the form of internships?
You would get better responses posting in the careers section.

Anyway - yes you should apply for internships. You will get an idea of how the process works and hopefully get some practice at aptitude tests and interviews. You should work hard to improve your grades.

Learning programming languages would be very useful (essential?) for IT jobs - nice to have for other jobs. A few months of learning a foreign language is likely to be entirely pointless. Head to the careers office and look for their advice and see what employer and industry sessions they have which you can attend.
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