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Top Tips for Applying to Change 100 2019

By AWhite 09 Jan 2019


Change 100

Change 100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience.

Since its launch in 2014, Change 100 has partnered with over 90 employers across the UK to host interns including Barclays, the BBC, Skanska, Lloyds and Taylor Wimpey.

Today marks 2 weeks until applications to the Change 100 Internship Programme close. Last year they had a huge amount of applications sent right at the last minute which resulted in some technical issues on the application website so to avoid disappointed all applicants are encouraged to submit their application in plenty of time of the deadline.

They already have a large amount of roles secured in areas as diverse as IT, Nanotechnology, Employability, Sales, Insurance, Engineering, Finance, Communications and HR and expect to have upwards of 150 by the time the programme starts in June 2019.

Applications are now open and close Wednesday 16 January at 12pm.

Change 100 Top tips for a successful application

"Your application to the Change 100 programme is your first chance to make a good impression. We receive hundreds of fantastic applications and although we would like to see everyone at an assessment centre, only those that really impress us on their application form will be invited to the next stage. Here are our top tips on how to submit a successful application and give yourself the best chance of getting through to an assessment centre.

1. Do your homework.
Take a look at our student brochure to find out exactly what the Change 100 programme offers and what attributes we are looking for in candidates.

2. Make it personal.
We know there are thousands of people who could benefit from the opportunity we offer, but we want to know why you should take part. What would you get from the experience?

3. Think about your academic, personal and professional experience.
Try and use a range of experiences to answer our questions but don’t worry if you don’t have any professional experience yet - some of our best applications don’t. Your studies, personal life or perhaps your disability or long-term health condition will have enabled you to develop many of the skills we’re looking for and you can use whatever examples best showcase these.

4. Use the word count.
We think 200 words per answer is just about the right amount for us to get a good understanding of what you would bring to the programme. Remember: depth is better than breadth. We’d much prefer to see you explaining a time you have showed that skill rather than listing the number of times you have.
We think the ‘STARE’ model is a great way to answer. Talking us through the situation, task, action, result and evaluating what you learned is a great way to show us your skills and experience.

5. Get someone to check your application.

Not just to check your spelling, punctuation and grammar, but to make sure that you are using a good amount of detail and presenting your answers in a way that best reflects you.

6. Think about what’s best for you.

We accept video applications and other alternative formats so think about what will work best for you. Email for more information.

If you still have questions about the programme or you’re not sure you’re eligible, please get in touch with the Change 100 team and we’d be happy to help.

Phone: 020 3242 0299

Good luck!"

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