Get the most of your placement experience and impress a potential employer
Students who impress their employers while on placement are regularly offered jobs at the end of their studies.
Why are placements important?
It’s a competitive job market out there so by doing a placement you’ll:
- gain valuable first-hand experience of working in a laboratory
- make professional contacts
- have a chance to earn a post registration starting salary of £21,000+
The first thing you’ll need to do is get your CV together.
We’ve prepared a useful guide on how to put together a great CV along with links to websites with general advice and CV building tools on our Careers resources page.
You can also ask your careers office for guidance.
The best advice we can give you is to make sure that you are prepared, research the company and practice your interview technique
Ask your University to put you in touch with a student currently on placement – they can be a great source of tips and advice.
Visit a laboratory – if you can visit the laboratory that you will be interviewed at – even better.
Prepared some questions for your interviewer – it’s a great opportunity to display your knowledge and enthusiasm.
Go online and research the organisation – what services do they offer? Have they been in the news recently?
Go over the techniques you’ve used in your lab practicals and refresh your knowledge of the theory behind them.
Read up on what’s currently happening in the profession – the IBMS website and The Biomedical Scientist are great places to start.
Ask your Careers Service to arrange a mock interview.
Some interviews may involve a practical test like a pipettes test or streak plating - take some time to practice techniques.
At your interview
Make sure you cover the basics as well as the specifics – for example, when talking about Health and Safety don’t forget the basics like hand washing, wearing a lab coat and glasses.
Still looking for a placement?
Visit our Work experience page.