The support was excellent and I knew that if I had any issues during my placement year that I could rely on NTU to be there for guidance and support.
More about Rebecca
I made use of the Employability Online services to review my CV and help me produce a good covering letter. I found my placement through FutureHub which is a dedicated platform for NTU students to access employment listings.
The recruitment process for the role was relatively straight forward. I attended the assessment centre where I was involved in 3 group tasks and then went on to 8 individual interviews. I received a phone call the following day and Bosch offered me the placement opportunity.
In the first month of my placement, I received a phone call from NTU to check that I had settled into my placement and that I was enjoying the role. I also had meetings with my placement tutor who provided me with any support I needed. My placement tutor talked through the placement recall day which entailed presenting my experience at Bosch to some of my peers towards the end of the year.
The thing I enjoyed most about my placement was the considerable amount of responsibility that I was given. I was given the responsibility of organising a trade shows and quarterly communications which were sent out to key stakeholders. This gave me a sense that I was contributing towards the business success, and was treated as a full-time member of staff rather than a placement student.
During my placement I was able to put the theory that I had learnt in to practice. It was a great opportunity to see how the course content we learn during our studies is truly relevant to a real working environment.
The main piece of advice that I would give anybody who is wishing to take a placement year it to get as much out of it as you can. The experience enhanced my confidence dramatically and it also allowed me to become aware of things that I was good at and things that I needed to improve on. Try to take on as many challenges as possible as this is rewarding in the end and it is well recognised within the organisation. To anybody thinking of going on a placement, stop thinking and start applying!