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News: Stu­dent blog — 5 rea­sons to do a work placement

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It’s National Careers Week 2nd to 7th March, and work experience placements are often part of courses here at Nottingham College. There are lots of benefits, and different ways to make the most of your placement. But what is the real point of it?

We spoke to 17-year-old Lev­el 3 Busi­ness stu­dent Har­ri­et, who is doing a work place­ment in the College’s Mar­ket­ing depart­ment. She gave us five rea­sons to get involved, plus some exam­ples of what she’s been get­ting up to:

1 - You can learn new skills

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Me on placement!

Expe­ri­ence of being in a work­ing envi­ron­ment is some­thing that employ­ers do look for. Skills such as organ­i­sa­tion and time man­age­ment that you will learn on your work expe­ri­ence, can give you more of an advan­tage com­pared to oth­er people.

On my place­ment I wrote this blog! It’s taught me how to write in a dif­fer­ent way, read­ing dif­fer­ent blogs, find­ing infor­ma­tion, and adding my own per­son­al experience. 

I also learned some basic skills in design pack­ages like Pho­to­shop and InDesign. 

2 - It can add to your CV

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Most employ­ers may not expect you to have done lots of work expe­ri­ence when you leave school or col­lege, but vol­un­teer­ing and doing work expe­ri­ence place­ments can real­ly help to set you apart from the crowd.

I’ve actu­al­ly done some real work for the team dur­ing my place­ment. For exam­ple, I designed a poster that is going to be used as the front cov­er of an events pro­gramme, my blog is being pub­lished on their web­site, and I helped with an appren­tice­ship open event too. I can add all these things to my CV

3 - You can make contacts for the future

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Work expe­ri­ence will mean that you meet pro­fes­sion­als, enabling you to get plen­ty of point­ers on pro­gress­ing your career. It can open doors to your future employment.

I met with lots of dif­fer­ent parts of the team, from Schools and Events, to PR and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and Design. They were all friend­ly, and hap­py to tell me a bit about the industry. 

4 - You can check what your preferences are

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It can be real­ly worth­while, even if you’re in doubt about what you want do as a job. By under­go­ing dif­fer­ent place­ments or see­ing dif­fer­ent areas of a busi­ness, it can help you decide which ones you pre­fer overall.

I real­ly enjoyed doing the social media side of things, like research­ing into what dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies are doing well. I also real­ly enjoyed the design work. 

5 - You might even get a job out of it

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Employ­ers some­times take on their place­ment stu­dents in the future, once they’ve fin­ished their course. You’ll make con­tacts but also get to know how a com­pa­ny and depart­ment works which could help when apply­ing for jobs.

This would help me in the future if I applied for a sim­i­lar job role, as I already have a taster of the dif­fer­ent jobs with­in the department. 

I also learned about LinkedIn and now I’ve made myself a pro­file, and start­ed look­ing at how I could use that to help get a job in the future.

Over­all, I’d say a work place­ment def­i­nite­ly helps towards your future career! 

 — Har­ri­et

Here at Nottingham College, work experience is a big part of lots of our courses

We even have a ded­i­cat­ed Work Place­ment team to help our stu­dents apply for and com­plete their place­ments. Or, you could even choose an appren­tice­ship, which com­bines learn­ing along­side earn­ing a wage.

Are you an employer?

If you’re an employ­er and you’d be inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about offer­ing a work place­ment, you can vis­it the ded­i­cat­ed work place­ment sec­tion of the web­site, or email the Work Place­ment team at work.​placements@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk.

Already a Nottingham College student?

As a cur­rent stu­dent, if you’d like to find out more about work place­ments, why not check out the Work Place­ment Por­tal on the E‑ILP, where you will be able to search and apply for work placements?

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  • 4th March 2020 (4:01 PM)
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