Beyond placement

Beyond placement

Using your experience in the job application process

You will be able to use the experience you have gained through work experience as evidence on your CV, information to answer questions on application forms and real life examples to talk about at interviews.

Moving on and keeping in touch

As well as recording what you have done and the skills and experience you have learned, it is important to keep a record of the people you have met who may be able to help you in the future. This is sometimes called networking. It would be a good idea to have the following details:

  • Name of person and company or organisation
  • Job title and contact details
  • What you worked with them on, for example a particular project or event. This is so you can contact them in the future and say 'We met when I was on placement with the company when we worked on….and I am now making contact to ask if you would…' (act as a referee, help with a job application and so on.)
Thank you and goodbye!

It is important to leave your placement with a good impression. Not only is it widely considered to be courteous to thank people who help us, there are other good reasons:

  • You contribute to the reputation of the university and your course
  • You help maintain good relationships that will benefit future placement students
  • People will remember you thanked them and this might be important for future contacts that may help you with your future job hunting
  • Employers value the feedback
Some final tips…
  • Write the letter soon after completing the placement
  • The content might include how you found the placement helpful, what you enjoyed and examples of what you learned.
  • Thank the person that you are writing to for their help and ask them to pass on your thanks to the people who you worked with.

This is the end of our section on placements, good luck!

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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. Based on a work at http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/employability/resources/learning_objects/workexperience/index.htm