On Friday 12th March 2010, CK Science, the leading independent scientific and engineering recruitment agency, visited The University of Hertfordshire, to award a prize to the best Industrial Placement Year.
The prize was awarded to Emily Rivers. Emily completed her placement year at Southend University Hospital. The placement was one that Emily successfully secured herself, and was unpaid.
In order to generate some much needed cash Emily made money by:
- Training as a phlebotomist and working part-time in the clinic
- Working as part-time Medical Laboratory Assistant in the evenings
Emily was holding down 3 jobs during her placement year. Despite this, she still successfully completed her portfolio well within the time period and impressively gained a Distinction at the City and Guilds Licentiateship. Speaking of her achievement, Emily’s supervisor said that she was an asset to the department and had the potential to “take her career far”.
Benefits of the Industrial Placement Year
Completing a placement year is a great way for students to not only gain invaluable work experience but also to increase your employability. Research shows that 70 per cent of employers prefer students with work experience.
Taking a placement is also a useful way for you to explore possible career opportunities and help you make potentially valuable contacts to help you once you have graduated.
The University of Hertfordshire has a dedicated Graduate Futures Team to help students get placements within the scientific industry.
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CK Science is a leading independent scientific recruitment agency for science jobs. We successfully help some of the top scientific, chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies from around the world to recruit high calibre individuals to their science jobs.
We are always on the look out for science graduates who have completed an industrial placement year. If you are an experienced graduate looking for your dream job in science, register with CK Science here.