Getting the Most Out of Your Placement

  • Christine Fanthome
Part of the Macmillan Study Skills book series (MASTSK)


In order to get the best out of your placement, it is essential that both you and your employer are clear as to what you will be doing, the hours you will be working, the person to whom you will be responsible, and any relevant terms and conditions relating to your placement period. Before you commence work, these details should have been committed to paper so that you each have a record of what has been discussed. On receipt of this information you should reflect on your expectations, and if possible discuss them with your placement tutor. If you are well-prepared for what you will encounter, you are likely to be more confident and comfortable in the workplace. Prior to starting your placement, it is wise to remind yourself of your objectives and think through the process of achieving them. It is likely that you will hope to learn new skills and practise and improve those you already have; learn about workplace culture and protocol; find out more about yourself and what you may or not want in terms of your future career and make contacts that may help you in the future.


Work Placement Future Career Lunch Break Placement Period Workplace Culture 
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