Placement Help 101

The idea of writing a placement blog is to write content that allows you all to see how my job is going and what I am doing.  

When I was applying and looking for my placement last year I got really annoyed that the blogs people had were not being kept up to date or if they were it wasn’t with relevant information that I was looking to read about. O how hypocritical of me!!! 

However what I have learnt since starting this placement is how little free time I have and with the time I do have I either spend it with friends and family or catching up on TV shows. I want to say that I spend my commute every morning reading books that will help with my dissertation next year and that every night when I get in I am updating my diary with all my daily tasks, but sadly that isn’t true. Instead I am sleeping and then watching youtube videos. 

I know that some of the other placement students who are writing blogs have actually be writing about how their placement is going – which is so great to read about. However my problem is that I want to be honest in what I write & that means talking about both the positives and the negatives. The problem with that is I know my employer reads this blog & even though I am more than happy to talk about what I am enjoying it is harder to write about any problems you have faced or things you would change without coming across as rude or bitchy. That is why I try to balance it all out – rather than talking just about my placement I talk about friends experiences or I talk in more general terms. 

I know what I would have found useful when searching for placement positions last year and weekly pictures with ideas for work outfits is certainly not one of them. However in defence of FWWM, which can only be described as a filler post, creating these ‘mood boards’ allows me to spend an hour or two a week relaxing and to window shop (something that I do instead of actual shopping) – I create them in batches of about 4 or 5 and then schedule the posting date. I make them because I know then that something is at least being put up on a regular basis. 

This blog was started before I agreed to write a placement blog & before I started my placement year – it isn’t a diary space for my feelings  when I started and I wasn’t about to change that, instead it is somewhere to share my experiences and for both myself & others to see the changes that will occur throughout this year & whilst being a student.

Since last Friday when the University of Gloucestershire put on their facebook and twitter a link to this blog (Thank you) the traffic has increased a lot from about 30 hits a day to over 300 (on that Friday). And it made me think about what people were expecting when they came over. It made me seriously think about why I write this blog and what I could do to make it as useful to students, & so it hit me like a ton of falling down bricks – I need to think back to how I felt this time last year – the questions I had and the answers I was trying to find.

The idea is that over the coming weeks before the end of this term & during the Christmas Break, when a majority of you second year students will actually start to apply for placements I shall start to post a series of Helpful Placement 101 posts such as How To’s with covering letters/CVs and experiences of my interviews & rejections. And hopefully this shall help in making the process of Placement Hunting a little clearer. 

I know that plenty of you shall have the Placements team handbook which explains ways to go about doing these tasks & some of you might well have visited the placement advisers as well. But even with these two sources of information I still found it pretty hard to actually write my applications and my CV. I found interview helps was hard to come by & only felt comfortable after going through it with friends and fellow students so maybe this lot will help in the prep work for Placement. 

Really all that is left to say is GOOD LUCK & don’t panic you have plenty of time and shall be fine! 

UPDATE: The series of posts for this series are; how to write a CV, how to write a Covering Letter, how to interview, and finally how to turn down a job offer.