Year in Industry - Worth It? Watch

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Hey guys, so i'm sorry if this is in the wrong section.
I'm applying on UCAS right now, and im stuck.
I'm applying for Chemistry/Chemical Engineering at uni, and

I dont know whether to apply for a year in industry. You see, at Nottingham, the university i want to go to, Chemistry with a year in industry is a 4 year course, so the year gets graded. But will i miss out on important social stuff? Oh, and you also have to do 3 distance learning modules, along with an oral/written presentation of the research project undertook in Industry

Also, the universities that take an extra year (5 years instead of 4) when you take a year in industry, are they worth it? because it means there will be completely new people when you go back on your course afterwards, will it be hard to cope?

I dont know how to weigh up the positives of getting experience to put on my CV, and the money against the negatives of social impacts and other things.

So, i need your help TSR, Thankyou!
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it would help you find a job in the field you studied after you graduate, assuming you care about that
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A year in industry is incredibly beneficial, you'll be able to earn (often higher than after you graduate because you're still a student) to pay off some of next year's loans. You can make connections and meet new and important people. They may even offer you a job at the end of it, regardless of your class degree. Coming back to see new people on your course should be a minor thing - you can't stay with the same people for the rest of your life.

Everything is not set in stone, if you decide against a sandwich year, you could always change once you start at the university.
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So really, all the advice is to go for it..
But my problem is that 5 years seems like a loooong time for uni...
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Doing one atm. It is a great experience, also will help with my final year project. Quite a lot are paid, so you'd probably be better off financially than your friends who are studying. If you don't do a year at least try to get some experience in the summer.
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(Original post by Blue Lightning)
So really, all the advice is to go for it..
But my problem is that 5 years seems like a loooong time for uni...
I've applied for chemical engineering with industry at all my universities and they're all 4 or 5 year courses. This may seem like a long time but in my opinion, it's worth it. You'll be more likely to land a job and a lot of graduates stick with the company they did their industrial year with Plus all that experience before you are expected to fully know what you're doing, can't be a bad thing! Best of luck with your application!

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(Original post by cathrg26)
A year in industry is incredibly beneficial, you'll be able to earn (often higher than after you graduate because you're still a student) to pay off some of next year's loans. You can make connections and meet new and important people. They may even offer you a job at the end of it, regardless of your class degree. Coming back to see new people on your course should be a minor thing - you can't stay with the same people for the rest of your life.

Everything is not set in stone, if you decide against a sandwich year, you could always change once you start at the university.
But is it possible to change from a regular course to a course with a sandwich year?
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But is it possible to change from a regular course to a course with a sandwich year?
It's usually an awful lot easier to switch from a sandwich course to a non-sandwich course.
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But is it possible to change from a regular course to a course with a sandwich year?
It's possible. You would have to let the university know pretty quickly though (definitely on your 1st year). The deadline for this depends on the university. As the person above me said, it is a lot more difficult to change from regular to sandwich. I would imagine it would be more difficult to rearrange everything for the student with accommodation and spaces etc. I would check with the uni
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