This module merges a 3-to-8-month industrial placement with preparatory workshops focused on developing an employability portfolio (CV, cover letter, LinkedIn) and interview skills. The module will develop the learner professionally and personally and equip them with the skills, knowledge, and relevant industrial experience to develop their career.
Learners will gain knowledge, skills, and experience in relation to the recruitment and selection process and can apply the skills learned on their programme in the software/electronics industry. Learners will enhance their technical, communication, teamwork, problem-solving and basic work skills. The experience gained will enable the learner to recognise his/her strengths and weaknesses as a professional engineer.
The workshops will be supported and delivered by an academic staff member and the Careers Office. An industrial mentor and academic staff member will support the student while on placement.
Analyse professional and personal strengths and weaknesses.
Network effectively online and in person.
Review current recruitment and selection processes used by organisations, and prepare relevant documents for same.
Present and articulate their skills and experience professionally in an interview situation.
Assess the work placement learning experience under categories including technical skills, basic work skills, communication, teamwork, problem-solving, ethical responsibilities.
Apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt on their degree course to a software and electronic working environment.
Participate professionally as an individual and/or as member of a team throughout the work placement module.
Manage learning in the workplace by reflecting on their skills development and performance and setting short term goals using a log book.
Apply experiential learning, problem based learning, action learning, collaborative learning and research to develop their skills in a work-based environment as appropriate.
Develop at least one technical skill significantly through work based project learning.
Describe the company, its organisation, culture and his/her role within it.
Evaluate the use of industry standard tools and role of ICT in the workplace.
Communicate the learning experience resulting from the work placement in report and oral format.