Name: Hannah Taylor
Degree and university: History and Sociology at the University of Warwick.
Placement: Bradon Engineering in Coventry in the summer of 2007.
What did you actually do? I did my placement in the summer between my first and second years and found out about the Graduate Advantage placement scheme (which provides paid work placements and employability training for students and graduates based within the West Midlands) after I had emailed the Warwick careers service asking for details of summer placements. I was in charge of marketing which involved collating the existing client base and then trying to expand it.
What did you like and dislike about what you did?I enjoyed working in a small family owned business and being part of a close team instead of a number in a massive corporation. It was a fantastic way to be introduced into the working world gently and gave me a clearer idea of what I wanted to do on graduation. Apart from early mornings there was not a downside to the experience, it was highly beneficial.
What skills did you employ to make a success of what you did? The most important skills were time management and prioritising the most important tasks. At work in order to complete all tasks to a high standard one must be motivated and organised.
What advice would you give to other students doing work experience? The best piece of advice I could give to a graduate would be to just go for it. In a day and age where more people than ever have a degree and will be applying for the same jobs as you, you have to stand out from the crowd, and having experience is the perfect way to do this. Experience is highly valuable and cannot be learnt from a book.
This has offered me a valuable experience and I would like to thank Graduate Advantage and encourage other students to join the programme so they continue to be funded. I would definitely recommend a placement to students as I have found employers to be very impressed by this.