What is placement?
Work experience is any time spent with an employer increasing your skills and knowledge. This could be a year long placement or internship where you might complete a specific project and work in a variety of departments or a period of a few weeks where you can sample the sector or industry that you are interested in. Some students use the Christmas and Easter vacations for work experience placements or you might spend one day 'shadowing' someone at work.
But work experience can still usefully be gained from situations that you set up for yourself (for example, half a day a week working voluntarily in a school) and all the skills and experience you can gain from a part time job.
SMILE Preparing for placement by Leeds Metropolitan University Employability Office, modified by Marion Kelt GCU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.