Well hello to everyone!! Christmas is cominggg:) I’ve been waiting for ages to be able to put on my christmas CD album and now I can finally do it! I’ve been having a debate with some of my friends for a while now about what date is acceptable for starting off Christmas music/decorations etc. One of the possible options was the 25th November since it is exactly one month away from the big day itself, however I managed somehow to hold off until the start of December to begin!
It is definitely starting to get colder outside, so hopefully we will have some proper snow soon:) although having said that, with 2 weeks left of term, I would like to make it home before becoming isolated!
Recently I have been quite busy with coursework and also looking into different placement opportunities – I am taking my 3rd year out to work in industry before coming back to do my final year, so I am currently on the search to find good forensics companies that I can apply to. There is a lot of competition though – any computer forensics placements/internships are highly sought after so it will be hard work! Hence why I have been getting up at 7am every day to continue with work and applications – crazy huh!
Many of you may have the option when applying to Uni to do your course with a sandwich year – this basically means you can take your 3rd year out of Uni just like I am to go and work in a company/organisation for 1 year before returning to do your final year. Even if you aren’t doing this or don’t have the option, a summer placement is still a viable option for you. So should you? What benefit will it have to you?
Well, there are a number of reasons:)
– Experience: in today’s current climate, jobs can be hard to come by. Employers will always favour graduates who have experience of working in their relevant field over those graduates that haven’t. So having an extra tick on your CV can only help!
– Further opportunities: often, if you do well in the placement and the company are impressed with what they see, they may offer you a full time job for you to return to when you graduate. If you enjoyed it and want to go back, then this can be a great relief knowing that you have a job secured when the time comes for you to graduate.
– Learning: being able to put the first 2 years of your course material in to practice in a real working environment is great for you to learn how things work in real life and what your working career will be like. Statistics also show that those who have taken a year out for a work placement/internship normally raise their degree classification a notch. So if you were on course for a steady 2:1, then following on from your work placement year if you work hard, you could then be aiming for a top quality 1st!! If you aren’t aware of the degree classifications then check them out on google – worth knowing! But essentially, it can help you to improve your understanding and therefore your degree score.
– Finances: often these work placements or internships can be paid. Depending on what career path you are looking at and the location of the company, the salary may vary. This can be useful to earn some money to fund your final year. Not all work placements are paid though and this is at the bottom of the list of advantages because believe it or not, it is the least important aspect! If you can get voluntary work and you can afford to do it, then do! Experience is much more valuable – think of it as a time investment into your career. That experience will count for so much when it comes to job hunting, so take whatever opportunities you can get! Also, volunteering looks great on the CV too – it will show your motivation for your course.
So in summary then, as you can probably guess – work placements/internships are a big winner! All of your lecturers encourage you to get involved and take one if possible because they as experts recognise the value. We have dedicated staff here at the Uni to help us find placements and as I have mentioned in previous blogs – we also have the careers service to help with CV building, mock interviews and other useful preparation.
Hopefully after reading this blog you will seriously consider a work placement – I’m actually quite excited about the places I have applied to and the opportunities available! 🙂 Hope you all have a good week, J