7 Tips for Work Placement

1. Diplomacy and honesty

It is possible to be so brutally honest about your views that you hurt the feelings of others. It is OK not to like your placement but try to be diplomatic with how you express your views. Show interest in the career choices, skills and knowledge of others in the workplace and never say a bad word about parents, teachers, classmates or co-workers as it is a very small community.

2. Learn through questions

This is also a great way to engage with your co-workers. Try out the “5W’s & 1H” technique to help with probing and clarifying. The 5Ws are Who, What, Where, When and Why. The H is How.

3. Watch the tone

One of the major causes of poor communication, especially between young people and older workers, is body language and tone of voices. A roll of the eyes and the silent treatment are killers. Say something with a dismissive tone is also a classic mistake. On the other hand, adding a cheery tone to your voice can work wonders on the phone and in person. Practice makes perfect.

4. Show your manners with a smile

“Please”, “Thankyou”, “Excuse me” and an appreciative smile can make the world of difference to relationships you build. If your host likes and respects you, they are far more likely to put in a little more effort to provide you with interesting experiences.

5. Prove how organised you are

Plan your day and make a simple list. Every time someone asks you to do something, write it down so nothing gets forgotten. Your supervisor will be impressed by your long list of achievements.

Phoning the employer a before you start to confirm your placement is a great way to show your professionalism and organisational skills.

6. Keep yourself busy

In business, time is money. Employers are looking for employees who can get on with the job without have to be spoon fed every single step. This can be hard when you are brand new in the workplace and don’t know the routines. However, with a little thought student s can usually find fill in activities such as cleaning the work area, or offering to help co workers, instead of standing around doing nothing while waiting for the boss to return. One of the major “unwritten rules” of the workplace is never do “nothing”.

7. Believe in yourself

Everybody has a unique gift of skills, talents and abilities. There is a place for everyone in the world of work if you put in the effort in and do your best. This includes building a network of industry contacts and researching career options that suit your individuality. Your co-workers may be able to recognise your gifts and talents and suggest career options in their industry.