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Work Placements

Work placements are part of the Bachelor of Science (Technology) and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees at the University of Waikato.

Work placements help you to:

  • Get relevant work experience - before you graduate. Don’t finish your degree and find you cannot apply for jobs because ‘experience is required’.
  • Apply what you have learnt at university. Put into practice in the ‘real world’ what you have learnt from your studies.
  • Learn things not taught at university. Learn new methods, procedures, and skills from different work environments.
  • Learn to work in a professional environment. Learn workplace-specific terminologies, teamwork skills, communication, workplace norms, and how to be a professional in your area.
  • Try a career before you finish your degree. It will refine your study direction and focus your career direction.
  • Focus your goals and career ambition. Gain a better understanding of what careers are available and possible future job prospects.
  • Gain skills in report writing, CV preparation, and interview technique. These are fundamentally important skills that you must master in order to do well in your career. 
  • Gain exposure to employer contacts. The people you will work alongside are valuable contacts and could even be your future employers.
  • Receive possible job offers. Students are often offered full-time positions at the end of their placements.

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Placements are assessed.
 To prospective employers, this grade will serve as a valuable indication of how well you can work.

Placements are paid ($$$!). Most students will earn between $5,000 and $6,500 during each summer placement. 

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