Graduates: that placement year really counts!

Graduates: that placement year really counts!

The important of getting a placement from your university experience.

Did you know that getting a work placement during your time in university may well be the difference in securing a job once you graduate? This is why it is really important to consider the option of a course and a university that offers this opportunity: A placement year increases your chances of employability once you graduate.

If you think about it, that may be your ultimate goal once you graduate, so, why wouldn’t you do everything you could to maximise the chances of securing a job while you are studying?

Most students will graduate with little or no work experience relevant to their degree, and most students will leave with a good degree, so having a full year of experience is guaranteed to propel you miles ahead of the competition.

This is what counts!

When you decide what course to do at university, you normally take into consideration the following:

1.The subjects you like/enjoy at school.

2.Where you want to study in terms of location.

3.The kind of course you want to pursue.

4.The type of job you want at the end of it.

Now I am adding in another factor to consider:

4.Check if the university offers work placements.

If you are not sure what you want to do and what type of course to follow, then look at those courses that include a placement year.

There are many advantages of having a placement year under your belt:

  • More chance of gaining employment once you graduate
  • Established industry network connections
  • A taste of the real working world
  • Putting theory into practice
  • New and improved academic performance.
  • Work in a team: teamwork is essential in every type of job.
  • Chance of a job offer: companies that you worked for on placement are more likely to offer you a job once you complete your degree.
  • Better grades, as you can apply your industry experience.
  • Commercial awareness: knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick.
  • Communication: delivering your message to your audience, as well as listening to the views of others.
  • Learning new skills e.g., problem solving, leadership, negotiation, organisational, perseverance, ability to work under pressure and motivation skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • A placement year will give you confidence moving forward.

As you can see, the benefits are massive and well worth considering. Make sure you take into consideration all these points when choosing what course to study. Having the experience of a placement year will give you a competitive edge in a crowded recruitment marketplace.

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