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Start to prepare your Placement CV and get it checked by a Careers Adviser.
we’ll help you achieve it! Placement Support Service Employability Link
Gaining placement experience can really boost your employability. The Placement Support Service can:
Contact Us: Ayr Campus Student Link, Main Reception T: 01292 886267 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Support you with your search for a placement • Offer guidance and advice on the application process
Dumfries Campus Student Link, Dumfries & Galloway College Building T: 01387 734279 E: email@example.com Hamilton Campus Student Link, Almada Building T: 01698 894448 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Paisley Campus Employability Link, Elles Building West T: 0141 848 3370 E: email@example.com
Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton & Paisley Campuses and online at www.uws.ac.uk/placement
Placement Support Service - www.uws.ac.uk/placement Top 10 Benefits of Placement
Types of Placements at UWS
Taken from feedback from UWS students who have undertaken placements:
Sandwich Placements - These usually take the form of one 12-month block or two 6-month blocks of paid industry experience.
• Improve your career prospects. Employers
are very interested in placement experience
• Boost your confidence • Improve commercial awareness and business acumen
• Build people skills such as communication, problem solving, team work, and self management
• Improve knowledge about yourself • Opportunity to network and build up industry contacts
• Develop new skills • Transfer theoretical knowledge into practical experience
• Clarify career plans • Make your CV stand out from the crowd
These placements are available in the Schools of Business, Computing, Engineering and Science. Short Projects or Work Based Learning (WBL) Working with local companies in short specific project work or within a company for a fixed period of time (up to 12 weeks). This option is available in most Schools. You should check with your Placement Co-ordinator which work placement opportunities are available to you. A full list of Placement Co-ordinators can be found on our Blackboard module.
Summer Internships - Many organisations offer summer (8-12 week) paid placements. Any student can apply for these. It is likely that these placements will NOT be credit bearing as part of your course. The experience will, however, look great on your CV.
Placement Support Service Resources Employability Link Placement Support module on Blackboard - A comprehensive resource providing a range of materials including: • Preparing for Placement Information • Useful Web Links • Email alerts for placement opportunities and employer information sessions. (NB you must register with us in order to access this resource - pick up a form on campus or download from www.uws.ac.uk/placement)
Support with finding placements - We advertise placement and work experience opportunities through our online vacancy system: www.uws.prospects.ac.uk Many students find their own placement opportunity by approaching companies directly, applying via other online vacancy websites, or by utilising their own contacts and networks. Support with applying for placements Our Careers Service can help you with CV and application form checking, interview preparation and career planning. Events - we organise various events and activities including employer visits and information talks. UWS Careers website - lots of useful resources and information to be found in the virtual careers library: www.uws.ac.uk/careers