It’s the New Year, and most students have reached the half-way point on their placement. By now, you have settled into your role and the company, and can do your day-to-day job pretty darn well. In fact, you can probably do it so well that sometimes it feels a bit repetitive or even boring. This is not good for you or your employer, so what can you do about it?
Reflect on your role and think about how you could improve what you do
Think about other functions within the business
Plan your personal development
Once you’ve identified something that you’d like to do whilst still on placement, you have the most important step to take: speak to your line manager and let them know what you are thinking. Make positive suggestions about what you’d like to do during the rest of your time on placement, and discuss the possibility of taking on additional things to improve your skills and knowledge. If you’ve found an online course that you’d like to do, and it would benefit you in the current role, you can ask your manager if you can set aside some working time to study the course.
The key in all this is to be active and drive your own development. Employers are generally very happy to accommodate your development requests as long as it doesn’t have a negative effect on the business. I hope you’re able to come up with some exciting goals for the next few months!