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I want to study business management undergraduate course at London, but there are two options: a 3 years full time course or a 4 years full time with a placement year course... so is it worth it doing a placement year course for employment after completing the course?
Will I be able to find a job with a higher salary doing placement year? does it also depend on the university, for example, if it is a russel gruop or the salary it's the same also for other unis?
i'm also considering product design... is it worth it, is it better design or business fields?
Please help me, i'm very confused...
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I want to study business management undergraduate course at London, but there are two options: a 3 years full time course or a 4 years full time with a placement year course... so is it worth it doing a placement year course for employment after completing the course?
Will I be able to find a job with a higher salary doing placement year? does it also depend on the university, for example, if it is a russel gruop or the salary it's the same also for other unis?
i'm also considering product design... is it worth it, is it better design or business fields?
Please help me, i'm very confused...
Hi PreetSingh

I currently study Business Management and Marketing at NTU and am currently on placement working as a marketing assistant.

You have written a few points so hopefully I'll be able to answer all of your questions.

1 - is it worth doing a placement? I may have not graduated yet but the simple answer to this question is yes! There is a massive difference in the knowledge you learn in a lecture and actually putting it into practice in a real-world workplace. Not only do you get to gain a greater understanding of industry but also more basic things like work-life balance and office etiquette which are invaluable when it comes to talking about experiences in interviews.

2 - Will you be able to find a job with a higher salary? There's no garauntee but as I say, with the experience you will have gained, it will make you far more employable than someone who hasn't completed a placement. If you take a look at graduate-level jobs, most ask for at least a year of work-experience.

3 - Does it depend on what university you go to? I have no doubt that some universities will look more impressive than other on your CV but if you don't have the expereicne evidence to back up your knowledge then realistically I don't think it matter a huge amount.

4 Is product design worth it? My housemate last year studied product design and actually she probably did more marketing than I did! The difference is when it comes to the creativity part of the course - with product design it is more about the design that you come up with rather than theory. If you are looking for a marketing/ business placement then a business course may be better suited however it isn't uncommon for a product design student to go on a marketing placement

I hope this has helped!

Give me a shout if you have any questions

Chris
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