6 Steps To Make The Most Of Your Placement

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Written by leo.woodhead


After months of searching and applying, you’ve finally managed to get the placement of your dreams. Walking into the office on your first day, you feel nervous and excited all at the same time. As long as you get the most out of it and don’t mess it up, this could be your ticket to a great job in the future.

The question is: how do I make the most of this opportunity?

In this article, I will be offering some tips to help you impress the boss and get the most out of your placement.

Be enthusiastic

When you’re on your placement, it is really important to be enthusiastic. Don’t be the intern who sits quietly in the corner waiting to be given something to do. Get involved and learn as much as you can about the company and industry. Get to know your fellow colleagues, ask questions and generally be ‘keen as mustard’!

Build relationships

Building relationships is the key to success. Don’t be afraid to take part in social events. Become an integral member of the team, and befriend your fellow workers. See if they have any sporting teams or charity fundraising events you can get involved with.

Take on responsibility

Once you have built those all-important relationships and you have gained the managers’ trust, make it known that you would be happy to take on any responsibility they can offer you. Show that you are up for the challenge and want to prove yourself. Do be careful though, you don’t want to come across as cocky or pushy. Earn your stripes by excelling in the mundane, and hopefully more exciting things will be put your way.

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback

Working out what your weaknesses are and improving on them is essential in any situation. You might find that some managers can be really forthcoming with feedback. If they aren’t, don’t be afraid to ask for some. It can be a great way to show that you are committed to development and can be a big ‘thumbs up’ in any manager’s eyes.

Keep a record

Remember, you’re there to learn, so be sure to keep a record of what you pick up. Keep a detailed diary of projects you have been involved in, what your role was, what you learnt, etc. If you do, you will have a wealth of information to include in an application, CV or interview in the future!

Leave on a high

When it comes towards the end of your placement, it is really important that you maintain the relationships you have built up. Don’t sneak out of the office to never be seen again. Ensure you say your goodbyes, get contact details and thank the staff. You never know who may be able to help you out in the future.

Follow up your departure with a nice ‘thank you’ letter. Little things like that can make all the difference and can set you apart from other interns the company may have had in the past.

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About the author


Leo is a Sociology graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University. A career coach, with 7 years’ experience in advice and guidance, he has now turned his hand to writing and social media development. He balances his time between career coaching, writing and his passion for rock climbing. Connect with Leo on twitter @thecareersblog