After Your Sandwich/Industrial

Reflection 

Whether the experience was good or bad, simply waving goodbye and moving on won’t allow you to get the most out of it. Read the following few things you need to do just before you complete your placement to ensure you’re reaping the benefits of your hard work:  

  • Reflect on your experience and skills gained whilst on placement and make a note of them whilst you remember. Highlight your strengths and weaknesses, preferences and tendencies, helping you to spot areas of development and identify suitable future opportunities.  
  • As your work experience comes to an end, go through your notes to identify your greatest achievements, biggest learning moments and the key skills you picked up.  
  • Use this information to update your CV and LinkedIn profile (book an appointment with a Careers Adviser if you need support with this)  
  • Consider if this is still a career area that you are interested in  
  • Your feedback is important to us as it helps shape our offering for the future.  It will also encourage you to think about your placement and what you have learnt.  Student feedback may be part of your assessments or it may be requested by your Placement Partner.  Either way, we really appreciate your thoughts and we may even get back in touch to develop your feedback into a Case Study

Returning to university   

  • You will need to enrol before the beginning of term  
  • Ensure you check your University email regularly for information  
  • Ensure you complete your placement assessment and are aware of submission dates and any presentation details  
  • Check with your Tutor if you have any questions.  
  • We may invite you to a session to speak to the current second year students, to highlight your Placement experience  

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Thank you!  

  • Ensure that you contact the placement host to thank them for the opportunity. Just saying thank you is fine, but putting into a note or email will be more effective in cementing the memory of you in their minds (and they may think of you when an opportunity comes up in the future).
  • Connect with your supervisor and those you worked closely with on LinkedIn (if you haven’t already). Building a network is vital and one of your new connections may well be the person who, at some point down the line, leads you to a great career opportunity.  
  • Ask for a reference; future employer like to see work references as they can give valuable insights into a person’s character and working style as well as providing validation for what is written in their CV. You can ask for these references via LinkedIn, so that it’s viewable to all your connections.  
  • If you didn’t have a final feedback session with your supervisor before the end of your placement, make sure you contact them soon after to get a better understanding of where your strengths lie as well as discovering whether there are any areas for development.