Are you worried about gaining work experience? When you finish university how will you stand out when applying for Graduate roles? I knew how competitive the Graduate market was. This was something I considered in my second year that drove me to apply for a student placement.
I spent my third year on a student placement. I highly recommend a year in Industry. Everyone should consider it! It is your chance to gain some fantastic working experience while you complete your degree.
I spent last year working for Virgin Media. This has been an amazing experience and has given me more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. Day-to-day I have been responsible for coaching off-shore partners in India and the Philippines and taking a communication lead on high scale projects. I have wrote nominations for national awards as well as internal communications to share key-information.
Now I am coming to the end of my student placement I have begun to reflect on the year and really appreciate the fantastic opportunity I have had. I have built knowledge, developed skills and grown into a more confident person. In the second year I was hesitant on whether a placement year was for me. I thought adding another year of study to my degree was delaying my completion of my course. Having now had the experience I can tell you that it is 110% worth it!
Now I am heading into my final year armed with some valuable work experience and with a CV which stands out. One thing that has changed is that now when I apply for graduate roles, I will feel more confident in my skills. I also know I can give strong answers to competency questions when I am asked. Even though grades and study is important, doing a placement helps me show employers that I am able to adjust to the world of work.
Doing the student placement has provided me with the opportunity to develop various skills. Two main skills I have developed are:
Not only has the work experience helped me to develop a vast array of skills but it has also helped me grow as a person. Now that my placement is nearly over, I am much more confident and mature. Working full time for a year also shows that I can make the adjustment to employment after university.
My student placement year has been one of the best years of my university life. I have learnt more than I could from just a textbook and in a role I would love to do in the future. A year away from university, plus a disposable income, has allowed me to travel to New York, skiing in France, Las Vegas, LA, the Grand Canyon, Dubai and Mexico!
Getting the necessary work experience is important. Salford Business School can help you with student placements, through the services offered at the Employability Hub. You can email them at: email@example.comComments Off on How do student placements work?