A Critical Reflection of the Value of Work Placements

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An internship is a directed, practical learning experience, outside of the normal classroom setting, in which students sharpen skills, gain experience through work on advanced productions, apply classroom learning to professional settings or projects, and learn first-hand how professional companies or organizations operate (Palomar College, 2005). It is generally know that many universities offer sandwich degree courses and this paper will critically examine the value of work placements undertaken by universities students.
The popularity of work placements and internship has grown in the recent years as young graduates found it hard to secure a job. In 2011 UK government offered ‘youth contract’ to help young people getting jobs and this was initiated when youth unemployment has hit a record high, with more than one million young people out of work in the UK, and applicants far outweighing the number of entry-level and graduate vacancies ( Bennetts and Emilie, 2011 ). There are a number of benefits of work placements to both students and organisation offering internships. According to Gazzard (2011), ‘Placements can provide industry with a cost-effective labour pool and develop a pipeline of motivated and competent future employees.’ An article published in Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology (2013) states that internship experience not only benefits the company that a student work for, but internships give students an opportunity to figure out if their chosen career path is the one they would like to follow or is there any other function of the business they would like to work for instead. It also mentions that companies love to see students who have had real life experiences and who have been educated on the subject outside the classroom. Another benefit stated by Fuller &…...

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