On placement support

I was so nervous on my first day I actually felt sick!

 

In our latest blog we hear from Laxmi Patel, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance.  Laxmi is 3 months into her placement and in this post she reflects on her first day nerves and offers advice for any fellow new starters.

Laxmi Patel

Hi I’m Laxmi and I am currently on a placement year at Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I was actually asked to start my role earlier than September and I agreed to it because I didn’t really have much planned over the summer! So I started 3 months ago and I remember how nervous I was on my first day – I actually felt sick! But, my manager was very honest and welcoming and the team I’m surrounded by were also very kind – they actually made me feel a bit more relaxed!

My first day was all the standard introductory stuff so I wasn’t introduced to anything too new, apart from all the names that were thrown at me – but you’re really not expected to remember them all! (more…)

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Meet the team – Carole Lee

We’ve had a few staffing changes in the Placements Team over the summer.  Our Placement and Projects Coordinator Shauna has been seconded into a different team (she’s still on campus so if you see her around say hi!). In this latest ‘Meet the Team’ post we hear from her replacement Carole Lee.  Carole’s spent the last 2 weeks getting to grips with all things placement and is raring to go for the start of term!

Carole Lee

Hi Carole, tell us about your job & what it involves

I recently joined the Placement Team as a Placements and Project Coordinator. I will be supporting 2nd year business students, helping them through 1-1s to develop CVs and covering letters as well as giving advice about interviews and coping with assessment centres. I will also be managing the placement process for MSc Human Resource Management students, liaising with employers and students to ensure the placements run smoothly. (more…)

Work etiquette – our guide to starting on placement

The leap from student life to office life can be daunting, with so many unwritten office rules how can you be sure you’re on the right track?  Hopefully our etiquette guide can help you through the first few weeks and help you stay on the right side of your colleagues and, more importantly, your boss.

Ask questions

If you’re unsure of anything, ask! You’re new, nobody expects you to know it all and it’s always better to ask and learn than to do something wrong. (more…)

Tips to get the most from your placement

The world of work can be a daunting place but fear not Azania McFarlane, BA (Hons) Marketing Management, has put together her top tips for making the most of your time on placement.

Azania McFarlane

Ok, so you’ve bagged the placement of your choice and finally got your foot in the door. But what’s next? It can be very overwhelming at first, but exciting too! I’ve put together a list of tips to help you out during your placement and beyond. (more…)