How to Make the most of a School Work Placement

A school work placement should provide a good format by which the person wishing to be employed will be supported and helped to gain experience. The organization providing the placement ought to also provide a sponsor who will work with the individual to ensure a successful placement. There should also be a tutor from the university whose purpose will be to help the young adult keep in touch with what he learnt and make the most of his skills or experience. It still is not enough, though.

What will help the individual make the most of a placement is personal input. A wise move is to know where one is being employed. Knowing the place of work, background information such as history and policies ahead of time will not only help provide an understanding of the environment but will also make a good impression.


Knowing what one is interested in also goes over well with employers. With so many young potential recruits out there, managers feel content knowing they have someone who knows where he wants to go. Do not shy away from responsibility, especially if it is in an area one would like to learn more about. If this is the case, do ask to watch or work closely with someone pertinent. Again this will display assertiveness which is necessary in any type of work.


It goes without saying that one should have a professional attitude. One should also be dressed appropriately and it is neither the time nor the place to try out new jokes, be involved in girl talk or be too friendly too soon. However, one should be friendly and willing to offer help before it is asked. Even offering to get others their coffee or tea shows a person down to earth. This builds confidence in others about you.

Ask questions offer ideas:

This is the time to dedicate to gaining experience and showing what one can offer the workplace. In no way does this mean that one is born knowledgeable of a particular area of work. There will probably be many questions one will have and there should be no inhibitions about asking them. By asking questions, not only does it show that there is genuine interest but that one is on the ball with things.

And if there are ideas that have been roaming around in one’s mind for a while do not be shy to share them. If they are worth trying out, they will be accepted; if not, their faults will be pointed out. Once more, this will be knowledge gained.


Oftentimes misunderstandings tend to steer work relationships in the wrong direction. Do try to solve them in a low key tone. On the other hand, there is a difference between misunderstanding and mistreatment. There are those cases where the rooky is taken advantage of for a variety of tedious odd jobs. If this is the case on an everyday basis, a talk with the supervisor can clear things up. It is important not to sound as though one is complaining.

Rather, it would be better to point out that this placement is one’s opportunity to learn as much as possible. Therefore, there should be more to your responsibilities which will help gain knowledge and skills. The supervisor will appreciate the indisputable concern and honesty.

A thank you goes a long way:

When the time comes to leave, one should also be able to leave with experience and new friends. Showing appreciation to those who truly tried to pass on their own knowledge will go a long way. A thank you and a handshake are appropriate, but a discreet thank you card is better. It would be fitting to leave one with the supervisor and anyone else who tried to show you the ropes. It is this final affable gesture which will make one unforgettable.