My Placement Year: The First Few Months

by Sophie Vernon, BSc Motorsports Technology student.

Hello everyone! I’m Sophie and I’m a placement student currently working within a precision engineering company in Birmingham called Brandauer. Many students work in design engineering during their placement, but I wanted to do something different than what I’m used to at University. So, when I went on placement, I chose a role as a Continuous Improvement Engineer.

Essentially my role involves working on projects to improve various areas of the business. I work across all departments with every member of the company, and seeing how every department operates has already given me in depth knowledge of the industry. I’ve also found the role very rewarding as I see immediate effects after putting my projects in place. Don’t get me wrong, in no way is it easy to change the way people think and work, but once you get the ball rolling people become less afraid of change and more willing to embrace it.

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The Benefits of a Placement Year

by Shanna Hardy, Employability Programme Officer.

Entering higher education is an important stepping stone in reaching your career aspirations, goals and dreams. But do you know that leaving university with employability skills is just as important? If you were a hiring manager looking to fill a sought-after position within your organisation, who would you chose? Graduate A, who’s worked in industry during their studies, understands the pressures of working life, and can hit the ground running, or Graduate B, who has little or no evidence of how to handle job specific tasks and has not yet entered what we all refer to as ‘the real world’?

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