Anglia Ruskin students Jessica, Armel, Raj and Darion talk about the benefits of taking a work placement as part of their degree courses.
Jessica undertook a year-long placement at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park as part of her BSc (Hons) Zoology degree.
“It is an amazing and enjoyable experience. Everybody here is welcoming and wants to help aid your education as much as possible. The more you learn, the more you can help and the more responsibility you will get.“
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student Armel worked at Edwards Vacuum.
“learnt how to be multitask, work efficiently and prioritise projects under pressure on a short timescale and recommending Technical solutions in a professional manner. I developed some more confidence and advanced skills on Microsoft package for data analysis. I had the opportunity to receive various professional training which were applicable firstly in the field I was working on and also I will definitely use in future.“
Raj worked as a Test Automation Developer at Grosvenor Technology as part of his BEng (Hons) Computer Science degree.
“value the Technical aspect and what it has taught me, but more than anything it has made me more aware of myself. I have learn so much about who I am and who I want to be, it has been an incredibly valuable experience.“
BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour student Darion worked as an Aquarist at Sea Life London Aquarium.
“It has been such a worthwhile experience where I have met some amazing people, been pushed out of my comfort zone and gained so many practical skills; I highly recommend applying for a placement year, you honestly will gain so much from it.”
Paul helped create a placement programme in London. He talks about the benefit to both students and employers.
“I think the placement programme will be an excellent career move for the students. Having this placement on their CV, where they can actually prove they’ve done the job, will put them miles ahead of any other candidate when it comes to a job interview.“
Razvan and Alvin both help to support our placement students.
“Placements are an excellent mechanism through which stuents can obtain work experience, instantly putting them ahead of any graduate who lacks that. It exposes them to a rigid schedule, teams, customers, meetings and presentations. Fully engaging with their placement helps them grow as a professional and as an individual. It sets them up to succeed in a career of their choice!“
Alvin is Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences and has been involved with supporting our students on placements since we started the programme in 2013.
“The Sea Life placement has been incredibly successful, with the students learning a huge amount about the world of work, and themselves, as well as the specifics of being an Aquarist. Undoubtedly they have enjoyed it, and of the twelve students who have done it, and have also finished their final year undergraduate studies, four now have full-time jobs with Sea Life. So the placement programme is a great opportunity to help students move into relevant careers.“