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What are the benefits of a work placement and other related experiential learning opportunities?

Read about the benefits in our About Placements Flyer (pdf) 

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 1.  GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE AND TRANSFERABLE JOB SKILLS 
Students all have their educational experience in common. What stands out to employers is those students who ALSO have work experiences by the time they graduate. This automatically makes you more marketable; as you may require less training and are assumed to be able to handle more responsibilities. In addition to the specialized skills of your field, transferable skills are generally required at any job, e.g. communication/interpersonal skills, computer proficiency, and team work.                                                                                                                                    
 2.  BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE A PROSPECTIVE CAREER PATH

Most students enter college with an idea about a career path and many students end up changing their minds. Exploring is a very important part of the academic process, and gaining a work experience is a great way for students to acquaint themselves with a field they are looking to learn about. By the time of graduation, the students have confidence that the designations they are receiving are the right ones for them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 3.  GAIN PRACTICAL JOB EXPERIENCE

Many people learn best by being hands on. Practical learning is what colleges do best! But everyone can benefit from seeing the things that they have been learning in class, put to action; whether it’s in a chemistry research lab, a marketing development meeting, or a substance abuse counselling session.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 4.  NETWORK WITH PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR FIELD, DEVELOP FUTURE REFERENCES AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Many times, it’s all about who you know. As a student on placement, you are surrounded by professionals in the industry that you are seeking access to. It’s more than just about getting a grade or completing part of your program. This is an opportunity to learn from everyone around you, ask questions, and impress them with your eagerness. These people can be your future colleagues or can be the connection to your first job.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
 5.  DEVELOP NEW SKILLS AND REFINE OTHERS 

Learn your strengths and weaknesses by creating learning objectives and receiving feedback from your supervisor. This is a unique learning opportunity that you may never have again as a working adult. Embrace the mistakes that you’ll make and the many things that you won’t know. Ask questions, observe, and stretch yourself.   
                                                                          
 6.  GAIN CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITIES
The old adage is true – practice makes perfect. If you have learned about a specific technique in the classroom, you’re able to test it out in the world of work. Then, you’ll be able to demonstrate a higher degree or proficiency – hopefully mastery.  

LEARN MORE BY CONTACTING OUR CAREER SERVICES OFFICE:

Krista Smith
Client Advisor/Technical Support
careerservices@sl.on.ca
(613) 544-5400 Ext. 1844