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also does anyone recommend taking a placement? like does it actually help or is it a waste of time and i could get a job as easily even if i didn't take a placement year? if you recommend a placement year, is it hard to get a placement at a company?
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Completely depends on the subject. It might be useful to get some experience, and then they'll be a bit more forgiving if you make mistakes, allowing you to get to grips with it more. Especially if it's a lot of responsibility, like medical jobs.

It might also look better when you do apply for a job, but if you're confident that you'd be able to do the job without, you could give it a miss and start with paid work later on.

Personally I'm not doing a placement year because I'm doing a BSc Culinary Arts and I don't want to go directly into the industry, I want to teach secondary school. So it also depends exactly what you want to do after uni.
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Completely depends on the subject. It might be useful to get some experience, and then they'll be a bit more forgiving if you make mistakes, allowing you to get to grips with it more. Especially if it's a lot of responsibility, like medical jobs.

It might also look better when you do apply for a job, but if you're confident that you'd be able to do the job without, you could give it a miss and start with paid work later on.

Personally I'm not doing a placement year because I'm doing a BSc Culinary Arts and I don't want to go directly into the industry, I want to teach secondary school. So it also depends exactly what you want to do after uni.
i'm going to be taking biochemistry and i don't have a firm idea of what i want to do in the future yet. how do i know if i could get a job without it though haha i mean i hope i do get a job but if i can is another thing. i am an international student so would it be better for me to do a placement?
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i'm going to be taking biochemistry and i don't have a firm idea of what i want to do in the future yet. how do i know if i could get a job without it though haha i mean i hope i do get a job but if i can is another thing. i am an international student so would it be better for me to do a placement?
If you're not sure what you want to do, maybe a placement is a good idea then. It would give you some experience and then you could decide if that job is for you or not.
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Do it.

One of the major problems for graduates is having no 'experience' - ie. paper qualifications but no relevant practical work experience on your CV. A placement gets you over this issue and therefore will put you job application above those without that experience. It also gives you a relevant reference - and often *money* which is always useful mid-degree. Many placements turn into first jobs - always useful in that sudden summer-rush of new grads into the work force.
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