Faculty: Business and Law
School: School of Management
Course: BSc (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management
26 November 2019
You’ve spent hours perfecting your CV, practising your interview technique and now you’ve secured your placement, congratulations! Feeling nervous? No need. Here's how I prepared.
A few weeks before my placement started, I definitely began to feel nervous and wasn’t really sure what to expect or how best to prepare. I’ve put together a few top tips for you on the run-up to starting your placement.
It’s a huge shock to the system working 9-5 and especially difficult if you’re used to sleeping in. Try to move your wake-up time earlier gradually, then it won’t be such a shock when your alarm goes off for work on your first day!
If you’re anything like me, you probably did lots of research into the company and the sector they're in for your interview – and then instantly forgot everything after you walked out. It’s always good to know what’s happening in the sector and anything exciting that the company is currently doing.
Starting full-time work is super-overwhelming and tiring, so give yourself some time off at weekends to just relax and recharge ready for the next week. It surprised me just how tired I was at the end of the first week, so I really appreciated some free time at the weekends (mainly to catch up on sleep!).
There’s nothing worse than panicking on your first morning because you don’t know how to find the office or which tube stop to get off at. Make sure you set off nice and early on your first day so that you don’t arrive late; first impressions do count!
There may be thousands of employees working in the business, and the receptionist most likely won’t know who you’re supposed to be meeting. If you don’t know who this will be, make sure to email the week before you start to find out. And, if you’re feeling super-nervous, maybe ask if you can have a call with this person to chat through any questions you have.
Good luck and just remember, it’s OK to ask questions. No employer will expect you to be the expert on your first day, so make sure to ask for clarification if you’re not sure about something you’ve been told.
And most importantly... enjoy!
Many of our undergraduate degree courses, including Emma's, offer a placement year. They're a great chance to gain work experience and make industry contacts. Find out more about courses with placement years.