The first blog post is always the most problematic: who will read it?! What should we write about?! How will we measure success? How long should it be?!
Answering the first of these questions is the most important, and for us, it’s quite easy: we’re writing this blog for current and future students interested in placement and internship opportunities, and employers of all sizes looking for ways to engage and collaborate with a diverse and intelligent student body.
The second question might not come quite so easily, so let’s introduce ourselves. The Placements Office was formed early in 2014 and since then we’ve been enjoying setting up shop, meeting a huge network of students, employers, careers practitioners, and colleagues across the University who are eager to get involved in placements, internships, and other work-based learning. You can read more about each of us here. We’re really looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in a few weeks’ time, and are delighted that 100% of our first cohort of BSc Marketing students were successful in finding a placement – well done all!
This blog will be a place to share our thoughts and experiences on work-based learning, and also a place for students to reflect on their own experiences. We welcome enquiries from anyone, whether you are a student, employer, or any other related body, who would like to submit a guest post – just get in touch!
In terms of measuring success, we’ll be keeping an eye on page views and the like, and of course welcome your comments at the bottom of posts. Our ultimate measure, though, will be our success in engaging more students and more employers in taking part in work-based learning.
How long should it be? We think this should do!
So please browse our new website, discover more about placements and their value, and let us know what you think!
We look forward to working with you,
Riikka, Rob, and Vicki