Improved job opportunities
Work placements offer the perfect opportunity to gain work experience whilst studying. A work placement on your CV can boost your chances of getting hired.
In higher education, you can do a sandwich degree where your studies will be 'sandwiched' around a work placement which often last a full year. A sandwich course is ideal for matching your academic learning with hands-on experience.
Work in a team
Teamwork is essential in every type of job. During a work placement, it's likely you'll be working with other people. This is a good opportunity to develop your teamwork and interpersonal skills and become a more rounded and attractive candidate.
Get clued up
As well as giving you a taste for the job, work placements can also give you an insight into how the industry is working and developing. This knowledge will help you stand out from the crowd.
The skills and knowledge you gain during a work placement can often be directly applied to your studies. If they're applied correctly, you can improve your grades. This will help you progress to the next stage of your career path more effectively.
Chance of a job offer
If you perform well on a work placement, you might be offered a job at the company after your placement ends.
Even if you don't get offered a job, placements are a good way to network and build connections in the industry. The people you meet may be able to help you enter and progress into your chosen career.