After applying for, sourcing and gaining your ideal placement you now need to make the most of the opportunity.
Through your Skills Analysis, SWOT analysis and research you will know what you want to get out of your placement and what skills you want to develop. You need to make sure that you push yourself to achieve your goals!
Don’t expect to waltz in on the first day and try to take over the manager’s job, but making it clear that you’re eager to take on extra responsibility, such as managing your own small project. Demonstrate that you’re looking for opportunities to prove yourself. After all, there’s no harm in asking to get involved with more interesting and challenging tasks, as long as you realise that you’ll also have to do your fair share of the more mundane tasks.
You might want to start on a small level, thinking of ways in which you can improve the organisation on a micro level, such as refining a process or making something more efficient. Don’t be afraid to point out a problem, but make sure you offer a solution.
On Placement Guide
The On Placement Guide gives you key information on:
- Things to remember while on placement
- Student Guide to Reflective Writing learning, Student Reflective LogBook Writing Guide will help with your reflective log, final report and presentation.
- Health and Safety (student checklist)
- Equality and Diversity Guidelines and Support
- University support whilst on placement
View and download your copy here