8 Aston students share why doing a placement is worth it

AbbyAdvice, First Year, Second Year

You might be wondering if doing a placement is really worth it. It can take a lot of time to find one, going through the recruitment stages can be stressful, and it adds an extra year to your degree. Plus, 2020 has made things a whole lot more difficult!

Whilst all those things are true, what you stand to gain from doing a placement makes it so worth it. Even if you don’t do a placement that’s related to your degree or the area you’re considering working in, you stand to boost your skills in problem solving, time management, communication, organisation, project management and more. All of these skills make you stand out to employers, giving you the edge when you graduate.

But hey, don’t just take our word for it! We asked some of our students and recent graduates what they think.

Here’s what they said:

“Reflecting on when I was searching for a placement role, I can readily identify how one year of experience has increased my confidence. As challenging as it was to secure a placement, it has been worth every bit of effort that went into it. I would strongly recommend students to go for a placement. Placement is such an excellent learning opportunity, and it is worth so much.”

“Placement years offer an invaluable opportunity to gain first hand experience in a industry of your choosing to help decide if the career is for you, as well as providing a years worth of work experience for your CV that will give you an edge over other candidates when applying for competitive graduate roles.”

“I would definitely recommend placement year to EVERY student. My placement gave me the opportunity to meet amazing people, build up my network and have a lot of fun in the process. Take every opportunity that comes your way and you will graduate ready for the job of your dreams.”

“It’s super easy in first and second year to say you want to work in a particular area, but you only really know after trying it out. Being able to try it out before uni ends could be the difference between realigning your goals for your interests, and graduating and having a morbid realisation that you don’t like what you’re doing. And on the positive end of it, it also means that if you try out the thing you want to do and you love it, then you get a massive second wind and you work even harder towards the goal because you know it’s what you want!”

“Placement year positively develops you not only as a professional, but as an individual. It provides you with unrivalled skills and experiences that allow you to excel in your final year of University as well as further on when entering the graduate job market.”

“A placement is honestly a year of self-discovery! You would not only develop in a professional way, but also as a person, picking up skills along the way useful in everyday life. The experiences and opportunities presented at a Placement Year are definitely worth the effort you’re putting in – you’ve got this!”

“Imagine missing out on discovering the perfect job or career path for you…a placement year is a great opportunity to explore your options and find out whether a certain role really is for you, before committing to it more long-term.”

“Definitely consider doing a study placement! It was the best experience of my life so far. I made great memories with amazing people. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”