Benefits of a work placement
With many employers looking for experience as well as academic achievement in candidates for their positions, work placements have an increasing importance in gaining a good job.
Undertaking a work placement can offer you plenty of real benefits for progressing into your chosen career.
Regardless of how much you think you have learned about your profession of interest from your studies, you will acquire so many soft and hard skills from a work placement. You can never be really clued up on what a job entails until you have got some practical experience in that role.
Improved job opportunities
Increasingly, employers are looking for people with experience as well as academic achievements. Work placements offer the perfect opportunity to gain this kind of exposure to the workplace whilst still studying. An employer seeing any work placements on your CV will be more likely to consider you for the position.
In higher education there is an option of doing a sandwich course where your studies will be 'sandwiched' around a work placement which often last a full year. This kind, of course, is ideal for matching academic learning with hands-on experience, on the job.
Experience of teamwork and development of interpersonal skills
Your ability to work in a team and with your colleagues around you is essential in every type of job. In a work environment, this involves a different set of skills and challenges that you will be used to at school, college or university.
A work placement will allow you to gain experience of this first hand and develop your own teamwork and interpersonal skills, which will make you a more rounded and attractive candidate for any employer.
Awareness of current developments in the sector
A work placement will allow you to question and work with people who work in your chosen career. They will be able to give you a good, personal insight into what the job entails and what has been developing in the industry. This kind of direct and specialist knowledge will often set you apart from other candidates looking for a job.
More placement students go on to achieve high grades and better degrees
The additional skills and knowledge gained during a work placement can often be directly applied to your studies and applied correctly can lead to better grades. This, in turn, will help you progress to the next stage of your career path more effectively.
Chance of a firm offer of employment
Performing well on a work placement can often lead to a firm job offer at the end of it. Even if it doesn’t, the placement will have put you in contact with people who may well be able to help you enter and progress into your chosen career.