It has been widely reported that college graduates need to be better prepared for the workplace. So, what better way to do this than let students experience doing real work while they are still studying?
Industrial Placement, where a student undertakes a period of training with an organization of his interest usually during a semester break, plays an important role in preparing the student for a professional career. From the hands-on training, the student learns about the skill sets required, demands of the industry and also work ethics. At the same time it gives the student an opportunity to put into practice what he or she has learned at college.
The industry exposure enhances the undergraduate’s work life through added enthusiasm and commitment; provides a lifelong learning experience; is an opportunity to engage with the profession to which they aspire in a realistic work environment; appreciate and understand the practical application of their academic program; work with professional mentors and to begin to build networks within their profession.
So, even before the student graduates he or she is having real time experience, thus increasing the student’s employment prospects.
While the student will have much to gain from industrial placement, the same is also true for organisations which have such training programs in place. These programs can be of mutual benefit for employers because they may benefit from the quality of support, fresh ideas and energy that the student brings into the work environment.
It is also a convenient pathway for the company to recruit human resource as some absorb trainees into their workforce after they graduate.