Placements are paid or unpaid work experience opportunities, and can include a range of workplace activities such as module-based work placements, a professional practice year, extra curricular business/industry interactions, internships, practice placements, and summer placements. Placements can last from as little as a few days up to a whole year or more, dependent on the type of opportunity students choose to undertake.
Placements offer the chance to gain real-world work experience and the chance to develop skills including business communication, project work, team work, task prioritisation, and time management. By experiencing prospective career roles, students can also gain knowledge that may assist them in their career decisions.
Placements offer the chance to gain real-world work experience and the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in industrial setting, while also developing connections with potential future employers. This work experience can also enhance a student's CV, making them more attractive to future employers. Placements may also assist in career decisions, giving an insight into potential career paths and job roles. Students may also develop their professional skills by working with a more diverse group of people with different skills and experience.
Some placements will require students to undertake a multi-step recruitment process. This provides valuable experience in application, interview, and assessment days, which can assist in securing future employment in a competitive graduate market. Many employers also use placement opportunities as a way to recruit talented individuals into graduate jobs. At the University of Lincoln, students can use their placement hours as an extra-curricular activity to contribute to their achievement of the Lincoln Award.