You’ve just completed your first year and now you are about to go into your second so what’s the point in doing a placement year?
Yes it can seem like extra work but the positives far outweigh the negatives. A placement year is a chance for you to find out what the skills you have learnt in the classroom can do in the real world. A placement is a real job where you have the opportunity to increase your chances of graduate employability by learning skills specific in the work place, these can include:
- Written communication skills
- Team working skills
- Verbal communication skills
- Negotiation skills
- International experience
- Creative skills
- Degree specific skills (E.g. Marketing, Finance or HR)
- Presentation skills
Apart from enhancing your employability skills, a placement can offer you some other unique opportunities such as:
Salary – Firstly placements are real jobs with a real salary! This means that you could earn anywhere from £10,000 to £21,000 per year.
Additional training – Many placements offer the student the opportunity to undertake additional training and qualifications. This is a great opportunity to add to your CV and also can help to improve your graduate opportunities.
Network building – An important part of the placement experience is the new people you will meet. These people, whether it’s your manager or other interns – these connections can come in handy in the future.
Graduate opportunities – If your placement goes well your employer may offer you the chance of a graduate career within the company.
Independence – Many placements are in different locations around the UK, allowing you the opportunity to live out by yourself and be totally independent.