Q: IS A PLACEMENT YEAR OR SUMMER IMPORTANT?
i'm doing a civil engineering degree in London, just wondering if i don't do a placement how will it affect my chance of employment, and getting into a graduate scheme.
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- Thread Starter
- 21-01-2015 18:33
- 21-01-2015 18:47
this is being discussed in another thread:
- Community Assistant
- 21-01-2015 20:05
The general advice used to be yes, get one. Over the last year or so that's starting to change as people are realising how few places are actually available, for example at my uni's engineering career fair (this being a uni with one of if not the highest proportion of grads going into engineering so naturally lots of employers there) the total number of placements both summer and year long was ~200 with the majority, ~150, being year long placements and a significant number open to non-engineers. To put this in perspective there are ~1,000 undergrad students in each year of our engineering faculty so while a summer placement can offer some experience, it's not a necessity or even something which will offer a significant advantage. For year long placements, they can offer a decent advantage but in practice it's probably not worth the risk as you lose some salary overall, you'll graduate a year later and you're still likely to get a job anyway.