Work: How to choose the right placement for you
Are you approaching the placement year of your sandwich course? You’ve probably started asking yourself, “What do I want to do?”, “Where do I want to go?” every time the word placement pops up. It can be a stressful time, figuring out what to do and then arranging it.
Here's how the placement team at my university made my life so much easier.
Overwhelmed by placement options
Being a Music Production student, I had lots of very different options for work placements that were related to my module choices.
For example, I could spend a year:
- learning live sound engineering
- working in a recording studio
- being a web developer in digital media
- doing behind-the-scenes work for a radio station
And more. Many more. So many, I felt overwhelmed by the thought of having to choose. But each lecturer I spoke to about it said the same thing, ‘Luke, go and see the placement team.’
Pinpointing my ideal placement
My placement team ran drop-in sessions, and I went along numerous times. Sometimes I had an idea of what I wanted to discuss with the team, and sometimes I didn’t.
Either way, the advisors were happy to answer my queries the best they could, and even helped with my CV. They also guided me to the right placement option by asking questions such as:
- Which modules are you performing best in?
- Which modules are you enjoying the most?
- Why did you choose to study music production?
It sounds simple. But until somebody asked me these questions, I hadn’t thought to ask them of myself. Once I’d answered them honestly, it became clear that web development in the digital media industry was what I wanted to do most.
Drop in on your placement team today
Without my placement team, I wouldn’t have found the best fit for me - at least not so quickly. I became more knowledgeable with every visit, answering any lingering questions about my placement year.
Imagine how many students they work with just in your faculty, never mind the whole university. This makes their work even more impressive to me, but it does also mean they’re busy people.
The longer you leave it, the less time the team will have to help you. So go see them sooner, rather than later. I thoroughly recommend it.