Making the Most of Your Placement

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SAGE, Sep 24, 2009 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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A new addition to the SAGE Study Skills series, this book is an invaluable resource for any business and management student intending to do a work placement as part of their degree. The text provides practical and thorough advice to help students select, prepare and navigate through organizational life.
  • The book covers every step of the work placement process, from planning, making contact and interviewing, through to reflective learning and how to make the most of the placement experience and the opportunities it presents for future careers
  • Each chapter features testimonials from students who have done placement years, offering experiences and advice
  • Checklists to help students cover every consideration for commencing on their placement
  • An extensive list of useful websites and contacts, as well as further reading suggestions.

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I was one of the many students who was under the illusion of walking straight into a job of my dreams after university, and was quick to discover that this was not the case. I found myself in competition with thousands of fellow graduates.
I found this guide refreshingly honest, and helpful in weighing up my options after university. More than anything,it forced me to ask myself certain questions regarding my employability, why I thought I could apply for certain roles, would it help to do an internship or placement, or better still unpaid work experience, what made me stand out from all the other graduates, what was I willing to bring to an organisation, and more than anything, why anyone would want to employ me! The more I asked the more I realised the importance of core work based abilities.
Students/graduates should be aware that is not just a guide for those seeking work placements, it is a guide for all those future graduates who will undergo dreaded interviews, assessments and tests. I've been there and done it and I'm willing to admit that that this guide helped me towards my career. What separated this guide from all the other books was that it boosted my confidence, as I was never good at sealing the deal during interviews. This book armed me with helpful interview techniques...interview questions, the importance of building and maintaining a rapport, how to deal with group interviews, positive body language and even a congratulatory self pat on the back(for being given an interview opportunity)was a real boost before an interview. I have since landed a very good job, and would happily advise any student or graduate to use this book in the future.


1 Introduction
Section 1 Getting a Placement
Chapter 2 Finding a Placement
Chapter 3 Applying for Roles
Chapter 4 Interviews and Assessment Centres
Chapter 5 The Important NotsoSmall Print
Section 2 Managing Your Placement
Chapter 6 Settling into Your Placement
Chapter 8 Learning from Your Placement
Section 3 University and Placement
Chapter 9 University Research Principles
Section 4 Placements in Perspective
Chapter 10 Back at University

Chapter 7 Key Practical Skills

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About the author (2009)

Dr John Neugebauer FCIPD is a Client Director at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. He has had international and UK experience as an HR executive and has researched managerial careers and taught with the Open University, Bath University and Bristol University. He is an external examiner at Plymouth Business School, and Bristol University Dental School. Prior to his academic career, he was Head of HR for a national organisation. He is a qualified coach, and has had extensive experience working and consulting in private sector (national and international), public sector, and third sector organisations.

Jane Evans-Brain is a human resource business partner in a large national organisation, and has over twenty eight years HR experience in recruitment, learning in the work place, talent development, training, employment law, assessment centres, and change management. Jane also has experience of external consulting.

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