Successful Placements Networking Event

The Student Placement Networking Event was held on October 6, 2011

Kent Business School were delighted to welcome back our final year undergraduate students following their Year In Industry on a professional work placement during a highly successful peer group networking event.

The Student Placement Networking Event took place at Kent Business School during October 6, 2011 which was supported by the School’s Placement Team, enabled newly returning students about to embark on their final year of study to have informal discussions and network with Stage 2 undergraduate students who are now actively seeking professional placement opportunities for their own Year In Industry, as part of their degree.

Returning students each provided invaluable information regarding their Year in Industry, including the application and interviewing process and an outline of their overall placement experience. A question and answer session provided an invaluable understanding of potential learning opportunities, placement expectations, alongside potential skills they can hope to acquire, as well as what key projects the students had been working on. It was highlighted that a real benefit of student placements was and how they prepare students for their future career paths and enhances their own employability. An informal networking activity over a buffet and refreshments followed which all students found to be most advantageous.

“This period in industry enabled me to further develop and expand the range of employability skills I possess, learning either through observation or firsthand experience. Over the placement I successfully completed and launched a new tool which was rolled out across the Medical division of Smiths with the aim to increase both volume and profit in tender driven markets by £2 million this financial year.

I can only endorse the year in industry programme and would thoroughly recommend it. Although it was not always easy, the difficulties I faced have allowed me to learn a lot about myself and prepare for my future career path.” Said Daniel Jarrard, student of Business Administration with Year In Industry, who took his placement Year in Industry for Smiths Medical.

The School is thrilled with the success of this networking event and we are pleased to report that even during this early stage, several students have now been invited to attend Assessment Centres at larger organisations, including IBM, as a prelude to interview, with at least one student having been offered an interview with Microsoft.

We are sure there will be many more to follow, and wish all our returning students a successful final year as well as equal accomplishments for students now seeking their placements for 2012.

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