Going on placement while on your course is a great way to find out more about the world of work. You can try out a career direction, or make contacts in your chosen field. The experience could really help your CV stand out from the crowd.
Along with specific skills for a particular field of work, many of our students who've been on placement say it was invaluable in improving their professional skills such as teamwork, writing emails, planning, prioritising and project management. Some students are offered permanent graduate jobs by their placement providers.
You’ll return to university with a wealth of experience to apply to your final year. Your dissertation could be based on aspects of your placement you want to explore further.
'I have really developed this year and I have been able to gain confidence in applying the skills I have learnt at university to a professional working environment.' Rebecca Thompson, placement at the Department for Work and Pensions.