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    Hi there, I've picked a degree with a sandwich year but was wondering whether it is of any help or would it be a waste of £9k?
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    Aren't fees for placement years usually reduced by a fair amount?? :confused: Could be wrong though.

    Anyway, I'm not a university student but I was considering doing a sandwich degree (didn't in the end due to not picking the university for other reasons) and basically this is what I heard...

    On the one hand:
    -It's good because it gives you work experience in a particular sector, which can help a lot with looking for work after uni
    -It can give you a taste of the career you want to go into
    -Some people are offered jobs from the people who have taken them on
    -It can help you get onto a Masters degree, depending on the course/the placement
    -It can be a be a break from the typical university routine
    -Some placements are paid
    -You can learn a lot of skills since (usually) you'll be doing 'real' work - and for an entire year as opposed to shorter placements

    On the other hand:
    -It may not be necessary - spring/summer internships are possible
    -Highly sought after places can be very competitive - e.g. placement years at the UN (though I guess this goes without saying and isn't a negative point really)
    -Although it's helpful, you're not necessarily guaranteed a job immediately after university (though I guess this also goes without saying)
    -Not all of them are paid, so that might limit where you can apply to do it - e.g. I know somebody who did a placement at the Big Issue in London for a whole year but it was totally unpaid, and the only way they got by was because their parents lived in London and they had been working during the summer (however, doing the placement helped them get onto a Masters)
    -Some people find it hard to get back into the ordinary uni routine

    Personally, I wish I'd picked a sandwich course and reckon it's worth doing. But this could also depend on what you do for your placement and what career you want to go into. Hopefully someone who's done a placement year/has already graduated will give you their opinion, since they're probably in a better position to say
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    (Original post by mrandmr.crane)
    Aren't fees for placement years usually reduced by a fair amount?? :confused: Could be wrong though.

    Anyway, I'm not a university student but I was considering doing a sandwich degree (didn't in the end due to not picking the university for other reasons) and basically this is what I heard...

    On the one hand:
    -It's good because it gives you work experience in a particular sector, which can help a lot with looking for work after uni
    -It can give you a taste of the career you want to go into
    -Some people are offered jobs from the people who have taken them on
    -It can help you get onto a Masters degree, depending on the course/the placement
    -It can be a be a break from the typical university routine
    -Some placements are paid
    -You can learn a lot of skills since (usually) you'll be doing 'real' work - and for an entire year as opposed to shorter placements

    On the other hand:
    -It may not be necessary - spring/summer internships are possible
    -Highly sought after places can be very competitive - e.g. placement years at the UN (though I guess this goes without saying and isn't a negative point really)
    -Although it's helpful, you're not necessarily guaranteed a job immediately after university (though I guess this also goes without saying)
    -Not all of them are paid, so that might limit where you can apply to do it - e.g. I know somebody who did a placement at the Big Issue in London for a whole year but it was totally unpaid, and the only way they got by was because their parents lived in London and they had been working during the summer (however, doing the placement helped them get onto a Masters)
    -Some people find it hard to get back into the ordinary uni routine

    Personally, I wish I'd picked a sandwich course and reckon it's worth doing. But this could also depend on what you do for your placement and what career you want to go into. Hopefully someone who's done a placement year/has already graduated will give you their opinion, since they're probably in a better position to say
    Thank you so so much!! That is incredibly helpful! Definitely going to take both points into consideration when I do decide
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    Thank you so so much!! That is incredibly helpful! Definitely going to take both points into consideration when I do decide
    No problem
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    What the year in placement now occurs fees?? Surely it isn't the full fees though right? Do check if this is the case.

    As someone who did a placement or year in industry as it was called back then I would highly encourage you to do it as it will make a difference between getting the grad job you want versus flipping burgers.
 
 
 
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