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Help! Multiple Offers, How Do I Choose?

By Ruth
September 26 2016

Posted in Student Resources

It’s nearly crunch time for Summer of Tech 2016, and some students are going to be in the position of having to weigh up different opportunities.  Because of the timeframes involved, we ask students to decide FAST on Offers Day.

The only way to do this properly is to get support and advice and do some soul-searching BEFORE offers day, so that you’re confident you’re making the best choice for you.

We are running bootcamps this week, and 1:1 support is available too. Below are some tips to help you get a jump-start on assessing the merits of different roles, organisations, locations & opportunities that might be presented to you on Offers Day:

Think about what’s best for YOU, this summer

Lots of students find this time of the SoT process really stressful. It’s important to try and focus on what’s best for YOU. Not what your friends think, not what you think your potential employers might need, not what your parents or lecturers think… now is the time to make a good choice for you, for what you can do this summer to test out your tech career, to learn some stuff, to get some industry experience, to make some good contacts, and to (hopefully) set you up for the next step in your career.

Make a list of what’s important

Everyone will have different priorities, but here’s some suggestions. You could be very analytical about these criteria, assigning weightings and points systems… or just use these bullet points as a framework to think about the merits of each role:

We asked Kate Henderson (SoT2014 and SoT2015 veteran) to help with some advice to SoT2016 students.

Kate’s Top Tips

  1. Interest in work: how much do I care about/enjoy what I’ll be doing there
  2. Work environment: culture fit, is the office atmosphere a nice place to work, was anyone blatantly offensive during my interview etc
  3. Flexibility to learn/variety: I don’t want to get bored a month in because it’s the same tedious stuff over and over
  4. Room to grow: think about how fast the company is growing and how that might affect you. Eg. How do current workers handle constant growth
  5. Pay: you can have a bit variation in offers, so it is something to consider. Especially if you want full time after.
  6. Word of mouth: if you know anyone in the local tech industry, ask for their thoughts/experience with that company. It’s a very small world here so everyone knows someone who works for so and so. If you don’t know anyone in the tech industry, ask the Summer of Tech team!

Extra tips

Out of Town? Rose’s Top Tips

This year we have a record number of candidates who are living outside of the town they’re available to work this summer. An internship is a great way to test out a new town, and if you’ve got friends, family or can talk your way into some good value summer accommodation, why not give it a shot?

But being an out-of-towner is pretty stressful during recruitment season. We feel your pain! Most employers are happy to interview via skype, but nothing beats a face-to-face meeting, or a chance to visit their actual office.

Here’s some tips below from SoT2015 intern, Roseanna Grundy. Rose was studying at the University of Canterbury, but landed a summer internship in Wellington last year. She says…

Think about what’s important to you? What do you want to get out of the internship? Are you looking to build on skills? Learn a new one? Looking for a job? Try out a type of company?

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