The benefits of doing a placement year

In my first blog I'd like to give you an insight into my placement experience so far and why I think the placement year is so useful as a Civil Engineering student. The company I work for is called Jubb Consulting Engineers and the office I work at is the head office based in Plymouth. I am now a third of my way through the placement year and would like to share with you what I believe contributed towards me being selected for this placement and how it has benefited my studies and future career.

Prior to securing my placement position, I carried out voluntary work experience at a small consultancy office. I believe this experience increased my chances of securing a placement because I was able to demonstrate knowledge and skills from this work experience in placement interviews. I don't think it is a problem to fit work experience in alongside your studies or whilst working in a summer job, as you can be flexible with how often you work and for how many hours because after all you're there on a voluntary basis.

After only 4 months into this placement, I have learnt so many skills that would not have been possible purely to gain from studying. These include further knowledge of designing structures and using engineering software as there have been many projects to work on and lots of experienced colleges willing to help. My placement position is extremely varied, including a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities which keeps my work very interesting. Aside from designing in the office, other placement tasks include going to site visits, undertaking structural inspections and taking part in design team meetings which can get quite lively!

My Christmas breaks at university prior to this year have been very busy as I've had to work to earn money and complete assignments for my degree. As my work office closed for 10 days over Christmas this year, I was obliged to take time off as holiday. This enabled me to go home to Lithuania for 10 days to visit my family. I am now refreshed and ready for the New Year where a new work projects awaits me!