My experience searching for a placement:
My experience was challenging, the ability to balance academic studies and employment proved to be a hard task. The goal was to achieve a 1st class grade overall and secure a placement. Did I make it happen? Yes! How? By sacrificing my time and being around people who worked harder than me. Most importantly being aware of what the graduate market looks like which, motivated me to thrive to be the best. I found out that according to High Fliers The Graduate Market in 2017, “graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes.” Apart from finding these things out through reports, I’m sure you’ve heard a friend say, ‘I know someone that graduated with a 1st in finance but still isn’t working in that field’. Its comments like this that encourage me to try harder in everything I do.
How people approach placements?
You have the student that wants a placement and is 100% committed till they find one and you have the student that knows they want a placement but isn’t sure.
I want a placement 100%:
These students tend to be the ones that have a good idea of what it means to have a year in industry, they attend all placement workshops and engage with us on a regular basis.
I’m not sure about placements:
These students are willing to apply for placements but may not know the benefits of taking a year out in industry, therefore engagement with the team is consequently insubstantial.
If you feel unsure about placements, the best thing to do is book a 1:1 appointment and asks for advice, this way you will understand why partaking in a year in industry is invaluable.
The pressure of Assignments & Exams:
Students tend to complain about the application process labelling it as a burden to their time, especially during the pre-exam period. I hear things on the lines of, I have too many assignments or I’m finding it hard to live life, go to work, revise for exams and apply for placements, it’s like another module. YES it is like another module but this shouldn’t be a problem, manage your time well.
There is a placement for everyone:
High Fliers The Graduate Market in 2017 found that 90% of the country’s top graduate employers are offering paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates during the 2016-2017 academic year. The opportunities are available, now it’s up to you to take advantage of this.
Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.