With my thoughts already swerving towards Christmas (I love Christmas!) and the end of the first semester in sight, I thought that rather than write loads about all the exciting things we are working on in the Placements Office, it might be nice to show you instead. So, here is a short photo diary of the typical day in our Placements Office, showing you what we Placement Officers get up to!
Here’s Vicki and Rob in the office, working hard. Coordinating the placements is at the heart of what we do; we ensure students have a meaningful, beneficial placement year, during which they are able to put into practice their academic learning so far, in a way that adds value to the host organisation.
Our office is located on Highfield Campus, room 2/4039. Students are welcome to pop by with any questions they might have regarding placements or internships. We can offer quick advice there and then, or arrange a 1:1 meeting to discuss things in more detail.
A variety of employers have delivered guest lectures to our students this Autumn as part of our Professional Skills sessions, providing students with most up-to-date information about what the industry is looking for. Our team has organised the Professional Skills sessions; we have delivered some of the lectures ourself, and in addition to guest speakers from the industry, we have also hosted academics and central University staff, who have shared their expertise with the students.
Visiting students on their placements is an essential part of our jobs. It’s great to see students in their work environment and meet the employers in person. Since our students do placements in a variety of companies, from large multinational firms to local SMEs, the visits provide us with a broad understanding of what employers require of the placement students.
And last (and possibly least), tea. We drink lots of it. If you’re an employer thinking of hosting a placement student, then why not get in touch and chat to us about your plans over a cuppa? We’d love to hear from you!