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Why chose work experience/summer placement?

Work experience, whether it be a placement or internship, offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the work environment. It will not only enhance your knowledge and understanding of a particular job, but it will also give you valuable insight into a specific industry.

Depending on your method of study, obtaining work experience may be compulsory to complete your degree, whilst on other courses of study, you can choose to do an optional placement as one of your modules. Regardless, a placement should be consider because it can give you beneficial experience to enter into your chosen career.

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Outcomes and benefits of undertaking work experience/summer placement

  • Helps to clarify your career goals
  • Gain insight into the way organisations operate and the challenges they face
  • Increase your skills and knowledge
  • Networking opportunities
  • Gain a better understanding of a particular job or industry
  • Building relationships with people who may act as referee for you in future job applications;
  • Opportunity to attend in-company training courses;
  • Payment (more likely in longer work placements);

The length of time spent in a work placement varies and depends on the sector and individual employer. Some placements are undertaken during holidays and would therefore last between one and three months. Other placements involve working one day a week over a fixed period of time.

Some degree courses require you to spend a year in the industry. This is often referred to as an “internship” and would normally take place between your second and final years at university. These industrial placements are commonly found in engineering, science and construction-related degrees and are already built into your course curriculum. Most universities have a placement advisor available to assist with arranging your internship. An internship is a paid work placement.

If the work placement is a compulsory part of your course, it is likely that it will be formally assessed or accredited. Assessments vary and may include;

  • the completion of specific tasks or projects,
  • writing a report or reflective log or,
  • using the learnings from a work placement in another assignment or course activity.

If the work placement is not a compulsory part of your course, then it's a good idea to write about your learning in a personal/professional development portfolio (PDP). This will help if you need to call upon your experience later, possibly in an interview.

Please complete and return the application form together with an up to date version of your CV.

Applying for a work placement can be as competitive as applying for a permanent job so please ensure that you complete and return within the required timescales.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a formal interview with the hiring manager.