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Hundreds of 太阳2首页大学 students are gaining valuable experience. They are embarking on work placements with organisations around the world.

An illustration featuring Raveena梅塔 and 莎拉·琼斯.

作为一名应届毕业生, taking the first leap into the competitive world of work can be a daunting experience. It’s not just a question of trying to make your CV stand out from the crowd. Or the fact that employers are looking for more than just good grades.

的职业道路

Often, deciding which career path to take in the first place can be a difficult decision. That’s why trying a job for size before completing your studies can be such a beneficial experience.

A work placement in the communications department of a global company proved that the corporate sector is a good fit for Raveena梅塔. Raveena is an English Language and Literature student at 太阳2首页大学.

安置在国外

For others, placements can open the door to opportunities in far-flung destinations.

Chemical Engineering student 莎拉·琼斯 spent part of her year in industry working in Malaysia. 她的经验使她重拾信心. Plus, practical experience and a desire to work abroad.

“职场给了我很大的激励. It made me realise that communication and teamwork are as important as the academic side of things,” she says.

Raveena and Sarah are two of the 550 Newcastle students currently on work placements. We have placed students at 297 organisations in 21 countries.

可选的实习

从2017-2018学年开始, all 太阳2首页大学 undergraduates have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement year.

从那时起, there has been a 97% increase in the number of students choosing to embark on one as a formal part of their degree. Students can apply for placements directly through their academic school.

They can also apply through the University’s 职业服务. Which provides guidance on searching and applying for placements. The 职业服务 uses its Be Workplace Ready blog to give students an insight into the types of opportunities available.

这就是在工业上做一年的好处. You learn which type of roles are available before you graduate.

Raveena梅塔

发现新的工作前景

As the first English Language and Literature student to undertake a placement year, 拉维娜希望其他人也能效仿她的做法. She currently works as a communications intern at the Healthcare division of General Electric. This is a global company that sells medical equipment such as MRI and CT scanners.

Her cousin, a Business Management student also at 太阳2首页大学, completed one at Airbus. As a result, Raveena felt inspired to take a placement year. “一方面, 学习过英语语言和文学, you can go into many things because it’s such a transferable degree.

"On the other, there’s still an assumption that you will become a teacher. 是时候打破这些障碍了.”Raveena说. 拉维纳申请了公关和营销职位. General Electric Healthcare invited her to an interview for a role on their communications team.

“At that point, I didn’t even know that communications existed,” she says. “这就是在工业界做一年工作的好处. You learn which type of roles are available before you graduate. Now that I’m in an office environment, I know what each different department does. It’s opened my eyes to what I can apply for in the future.”

My advice to those thinking of doing a placement is to just go for it.

莎拉·琼斯

实践经验

Clarifying if a career path is right for you is one of the biggest advantages of doing a placement year. 尤其是那些优柔寡断的人. “During my first and second years I wasn’t sure that the course I was doing was definitely something I wanted to go into,”莎拉承认. She is halfway through a placement with chemical manufacturer Synthomer.

“I thought gaining some experience in industry would be a good idea. It has confirmed that this is an area I want to work in after all.” Sarah spent six months as a process engineer overseeing the production of latex at Synthomer’s site in Malaysia.

She is now completing her placement year at the UK site in Grimsby. “I loved working in Malaysia; it was amazing to experience a different culture. I learnt a lot because I’d never been on a chemical site. 我每天都戴着安全帽, checking water leaks and doing pressure tests of pipes and reactors,”她回忆说.

“Initially I was surprised by the responsibility that I was given, 但这是对信心的极大提振. “My advice to those thinking of doing a placement is to just go for it,” she adds. “I went to the 职业服务 and was very unsure about the whole thing. They asked me what my reasons were for not doing one and I didn’t have an answer. That’s why I decided to give it a go – and it’s been beneficial in every way.”