Making the Most of Your Placement
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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.
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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.
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 7 Key Practical Skills