Why bother with an industrial placement?
It is a difficult decision for you to make when you are already
devoting 4 years of your life to undergraduate study. Why extend
that time commitment for another year by doing an industrial
You should. And here's four reasons why.
- You will gain invaluable business skills
during your placement. Your degree will provide you with the
fundamental technical skills for your job, but it's nigh on
impossible for an academic institution to replicate a business
environment. That's where your placement comes in. You will be
exposed to real customers who will depend on you. You will get the
opportunity to polish your communication skills, whether it's
picking up the phone or delivering a presentation to the Managing
Director or a customer.
- Undertaking an industrial placement will make you more
attractive to potential employers. Students who have
undertaken a placement have invaluable skills and experience,
something you cannot get solely from an academic degree. Anything
that gives you the edge over the competition is a good thing in
this competitive economy.
- You will get to meet some really interesting
people - both colleagues and customers. You will make new
friends and extend your professional network.
- At Codify, we have seen first-hand the positive changes in
students during their placement. By the end of their placement,
they have not only attained additional skills but their
confidence has grown tremendously.
Hopefully all of the above benefits will help sway your decision
towards undertaking an industrial placement. If you are still not
convinced, why not read the following posts written by Ben and
Andrea - two of our industrial placement students.
Ben - My Placement
Andrea - My Placement
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