Whilst looking for what degree you want to study, you may have noticed that some subjects have a degree option that allows you to do a ‘Year in Industry’. Now you may be thinking, what is this and why would I want to do this?
So, in summary, a Year in Industry (sometimes referred to as an
Industrial Placement) involves taking a 12-month placement at a company in a relevant field to your subject.
Usually during your 3
rd year of university, you’ll gain vital experience using your degree in the real working world. Some universities do offer this option in your 4 th year of study instead and some also offer a 6 month equivalent of the scheme. So, it’s worth checking out which universities have this option on our website.
These industrial placement courses can be of great value to you and here’s why:
1. Use Those Skills in the Real World
Do you ever sit there in class and wonder why do I need to learn this? Am I ever actually going to use this? Well now is the perfect opportunity to actually use these hard learnt skills. An industrial placement allows you to work on real life projects and the latest innovations that will make a difference to the business.
2. Think of the CV
With the job market getting more and more competitive, companies are starting to request people to have some relevant extended
work experience. So, get ahead of the game and get your experience in whilst at university. The fact you have industrial experience and have already learnt technical skills will go a long way and look great on your CV to future employers.
3. Make That Money
Most industrial placements will pay you for your time there. The average salary can range from £14,000 to £21,000 a year (depending on the company and their location). So, it’s a great opportunity to make some all-important
money during your time at university to spend on something fun.
4. Perks of the Job
Companies like to look after their workers, so there will be certain perks to working in some particular fields. This could be meals out on the company, free onsite gym or even limitless discounted chocolate (depending on what company or field you choose to work for!).
5. Reduced University Fees
So will you still be paying the full tuition fee for that year? The answer for most universities is no.
As you are spending less time on campus, the tuition fee gets slashed and can be reduced to as little as £1000 at some universities, which is a massive saving!
However, never fear, the professors and advisors are always just an email or call away if you ever need some help or advise.
6. Become a Master
Yes that’s right, your degree can be boosted from a Bachelors to a
Master’s degree via this integrated programme. Yes, this does mean you may be required to do some distance work or assessments, however this is a small price to pay to reap the benefits.
It’s worth asking universities about the type of assessments you need to do to achieve this; as some will bring you back for exams at the end of the year whilst others just want the occasional piece of coursework submitted.
However, if you don’t want to be assessed for the year and do the distance learning, then some universities will let you do a BSc, with essentially a year out to do work experience.
7. Explore a New Place
Getting bored of the same old sites and sticky floor at your local university nightclub?
Well, an industry placement is a great opportunity to break up your time at your chosen university and explore a new part of the country, or maybe even a completely different new country if you do an industrial placement abroad! You may even find some hidden gems that you love to show off to anyone who comes to visit.
I personally very much enjoyed embracing the Geordie lifestyle and picking up their classic catchphrases whilst doing my placement year in
8. Make a New Group of Friends
Obviously, it will be sad leaving your university chums for a year, but an industrial placement is a great opportunity to meet a bunch of new people from a variety of universities with similar interests to you. Plus it’s always great to have friends all over the country, more available sofas to crash on if you happen to be in that area.
And don’t worry, you will still have the weekends to go visit your university mates.
Personally, I got on so well with my industrial placement mates that we did a road trip around California after our placement with the money we had earnt that year.
9. Grow as a Person
It may sound cheesy and very cliché but it is true. Not only do you learn some cutting edge technical skills but you also develop some fundamental interpersonal skills which make you a better you.
Everyone has different experiences whilst doing an industrial placement but those experiences are what will shape what you do in the future.
10. Get Offered a Job
How great would it be if by the end of your placement you get a job offer for after you have completed your degree? This would mean that you don’t need to spend your critical final year of university frantically job hunting.
Even if you don’t get offered a job flat out, the contacts you’ll make will come of great use in the future. Think of it as not only getting your foot in the door but your entire leg!
You Don’t Have to Decide Now
Universities will let you transfer on and off the industrial placement course throughout your time at university on the lead up to the placement year. So, you aren’t signing your life away when applying for these courses. Universities understand that things can change and you may change your mind, and they want you to do what’s best for you.
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