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.
Work placement student profiles
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.
Find out more:
- Contact the Co-operative Education Unit for more advice.
- Find out about recognition of prior learning for work placements
- Find out more about the Co-operative Education Unit.