We all know that graduate employability is always on our minds at university and the topic can certainly stress us out. After all, we all came to university to be well equipped for the big wide world. Here are 5 reasons why I think doing a placement year is beneficial for you.
1. You put theory into Practice
2. You’ll go on to Achieve Higher Grades
Assuming you are already a pro at to-do lists… Sometimes I write “drink coffee” on my list, just so I feel like I accomplished something in a day.
3. You Graduate with an Entirely new Skill Set
4. You’ll Grow Your Professional Network
I would recommend setting up a profile on LinkedIn, it’s a great platform to keep in touch with your contacts and also provides a space to showcase your skills and abilities, it works just like a CV, just more interactive and ‘social’!
5. It’s a way to Test out the Job and Career Path
Placements are a low-commitment way to test out your chosen career path. Many don’t find out what a job really entails until they get some work experience. According to recent research, only 27% of graduates are working in a job that relates to their degree. The year in industry is the opportunity to find out if the job is really suited to you and help identify what you liked/disliked, so when you come round to graduating, you can make better decisions.
So there you have it, 5 reasons why taking a university placement is a good idea. You’ll affirm the knowledge you have learnt and put it into practice, whilst working in a professional, team-based environment where you’ll develop soft and technical skills and build your network. For more information about placement opportunities at Aston University, head over to the Careers & Placements site.