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Benefits of a Placement Year at UK University

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September 30, 2021

Benefits of a Placement Year at UK University

One of the biggest problems, when students graduate from university, is that, although academically qualified, they lack experience in the workplace. University courses that include a year in the industry are a brilliant solution to this problem. The University of Bath and the University of York offer placement years for many of their courses, alongside other UK universities. When making your university choice, it is certainly worth considering a degree with a work placement.

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AHZ Associates

September 30, 2021
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  1. Benefits of a Placement Year at UK University

  2. One of the biggest problems, when students graduate from university,

    is that, although academically qualified, they lack experience in the workplace. University courses that include a year in the industry are a brilliant solution to this problem. The University of Bath and the University of York offer placement years for many of their courses, alongside other UK universities. When making your university choice, it is certainly worth considering a degree with a work placement. Usually completed between the second and final year of a degree course, the student works in a relevant industry for up to a year. This placement year (or ‘sandwich year’) can be a valuable insight into the world of work and a way to use your new-found degree knowledge in a practical way. 2
  3. Benefits of a placement/ Sandwich year • Relevant and recent

    work experience on your CV will give you the edge over other graduate job applicants. • You will be able to learn many skills include time management, email/business communication, project work, etc. • Placement years give students the taste of work lives. That is a benefit that you will not get shocked or bored with office rules after your study. • For academic prospects, placement years added value too. After finishing a placement year you can get benefits in the next university semester. You will be rich in verbal, written, organizational and other skills. So, you will feel more confident than before. 3
  4. • Many placements come with a bursary that can cover

    your costs for the duration of your year in the industry. This can be a welcome financial injection for most students. • If you do well in your placement, your supervisor may agree to write you a job reference. • You will have the chance to network with interesting people in your industry of choice. This may be useful in the future after graduation when you are job hunting. • A placement or sandwich year allows students to visit a new city and sometimes a new country. So, you can enjoy a new location, environment and discover exciting things. • You may be able to attend training courses, alongside your new colleagues, giving you even more experience in the world of work. 4
  5. • The theoretical things students learn in the earlier university

    years can apply practically in a placement year. It is an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge in the real- world field. Practical applications give a more deep and clear understanding of theories. • You will get a chance to improve business knowledge through a placement. It will give you an understanding of the national and international business environment. • You may get a chance to meet potential role models and expert mentors. They will motivate you to do major projects and make important career decisions. • A placement year might give you insight into an industry that you don’t want to work in upon graduation. Not enjoying your placement can also be beneficial, as it may motivate you to go on a completely different path. 5
  6. According to RATEMYPLACEMENT, \ the placement salaries are Position Industry

    Salary 1. Banking £21,256 2. Law £19,275 3 Accountancy £18,598 4. Business £18,460 5. Science £18,279 6. IT £17,816 7. Engineering £17,811
  7. Tips for students 7 Here are some simple tips for

    students who are thinking to consider a placement year- • After reaching the UK, international students should start to look for placement opportunities. If you make a good LinkedIn profile, update your cv and take little preparation from the beginning it will help. These things will make you confident to apply within two months of your arrival. • The UK universities that offer placement years are very helpful. You will get a supervisor who will guide you to apply for a placement year. And, having a good supervisor will guide you to future jobs application. • Take help from experienced people or social platforms while writing a cover letter or making a cv.
  8. 8 • Good organisations not always be advertised. So, you

    should be remain updated on the placement vacancies’ news. If you have any choice in your head then you must search for chances by yourself. • If you have part-time work experience relevant to your placement year then it will help. This will not only make your cv rich but also support you to answer questions during your interviews. • It may be challenging for but students should not see placement as only a job. It is a new learning place. So, they should remain conscious and honest about gathering new skills always.
  9. 9 UK universities for Placement years

  10. “ 10 You can find placement or sandwich year degrees

    in many good UK universities. Whether it is an undergraduate or postgraduate programme they provide every support to finding good placement options. Every university provides career supports that include experienced placement team and officers. They help to find and choose suitable placement options for every individual student. Again, they help in mock interviews and assessment centres, application reviews, and interview preparation. In career events, you can meet potential employers at the universities. Students also get facilities of pre- placement checks here.
  11. “ 11 Students can choose their desired placement if they

    meet universities’ requirements. Some courses also offer overseas placement years. Besides, self- employed placement years are available. If any student wants to start a business during a placement year then it is possible. Student start-up advice is offered by the universities However, this is optional in most universities. If anyone is not interested to take a placement year then he/she can continue the next studies. But, as it equips the students with multiple career and personal benefits, people suggest taking placement years.
  12. 12 When searching for a UK university that offers a

    placement year, it is worth seeing whether the university organises the placement, or whether you are expected to find the placement yourself. Some of the top companies in the UK offer placements to university students and may even look to hire them after graduation. Talk to one of AHZ Associates’ representatives today to discuss your options.
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