What is a Sandwich Course?
A sandwich course is essentially a degree course that combines traditional education at university with real subject experience based within industry.
Financial concern in Industrial Placement
Here’s a quote from a ‘sandwiched’ student from University of Manchester:
I found the opportunity to earn real money a rewarding experience it was so nice not to be getting into any further debt. After the year I had even managed to save enough to cover my final year fees and some of my rent!
Possible Final Year Sponsorship
In addition to the salary paid during the placement year, there is also the possibility of the company sponsoring the student throughout their final year. Such sponsorship is normally offered with the condition that the student returns to the placement firm subsequent to graduation.
For many sandwich students, the opportunity to gain “real experience” is considered of greater significance than the short-term financial rewards on offer. In today’s competitive graduate employment arena, sandwich students generically have a genuine competitive advantage, with real experience being very highly valued by prospective employees. The industrial placement enable students to develop skills other than those associated with academia.
Generation of Career Focus
The industrial experience that a sandwich course provides typically assists students in making vital career choices. Many students thoroughly enjoy their placement work and thus return to university with a defined career goal to attain a graduate position in the field they experienced. Related to career paths is the possibility that sandwich course students may be offered graduate positions by their placement firm. Although this practice is not widespread those fortunate enough to be offered such positions will have experienced the firm and will be able to make a highly informed decision regarding their future employment.
How do I prepare for an Internship?
In order for students to attain their “ideal” industrial placement experience a considerable amount of time and effort is required during the placement application process. It is imperative that students apply to firms that are able to meet their expectations and that such applications are of an exceptional standard so that the possibility of disappointment is reduced.
Here’s an interesting article which can be outlined as follows:
- Start doing research based on career interests, strengths, skills, personality and values.
- Prepare your Curriculum Vita
- Find internship positions and contact organizations of interest.
- Get your resume, cover letter, and application ready.
- Apply for the internship
- Do a follow up
- Prepare for interview (I’ve blogged on it.)
- Internship Agreement
- Contact Programme Co-ordinator to submit training details filled by the supervisor at the company. Details include: Give a brief detail of short assignment/tasks/ problem solving that will be allocated to the student within their training period
- During the training, complete the work that is required of you and always do it to the best of your ability
- During the training, Be sure to network with all of the professionals you meet. (LinkedIn.com is an ideal site)
The opportunity to earn a reasonable remuneration whilst gaining valuable experience, developing a wide range of skills and increasing your graduate employability is a highly desirable package. Furthermore, it is apparent that a well-constructed industrial placement will almost certainly enhance a student’s degree experience.
So, Question Pour un Champion (:D), If you have been during an industrial placement, how was your experience at the organisation? If your course is not a sandwiched one, would like to eat enjoy the possibility of real experience and return to Reduit Campus after 6 months?