Managing Your Placement

A skills based approach

by Ian Herbert and Andrew Rothwell

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Chapter 4

Personal and interpersonal skills
A free personal time management and goal setting guide which takes you step by step, through various aspects of the time management development process.
A shop window for a training consultancy but has useful information and tips on a number of aspects of personal skills. Common time wasters is recommended.
Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Personal Time Management
This gives a good example of an organisational approach to managing stress – from a caring employer!

Placement promotion organisations and agencies
Fledglings promote companies who are currently offering Industrial placements and Graduate schemes to UK universities and their students.
A new service has recently been established by Student Employment Services Ltd, (SES) specifically to assist employers in employing young people on placement.
Gradunet specialises in bring graduates and employers together. Although aimed at graduates rather than placement seekers, you may find it useful in locating suitable companies in your field.

For a full listing of all the member organisations of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations with links to their websites go to

Working overseas
Click ‘Explore Working Abroad’.

US-UK Fulbright Commission
is divided into two parts:
The US Educational Advisory Service (EAS) (Tel: 020 7404 6994) provides objective, accurate information and advice to any student or professional considering study or research in the US.
The US-UK Fulbright Scholarship Programme (Tel: 020 7404 6880) is also responsible for promoting those Fulbright awards that are available to UK citizens to pursue study in the US, organising their selection processes and administration.

Miscellaneous overseas sites

Self employment

The Centre for Entrepreneurship on the Liverpool John Moores website is also a useful guide for students setting up businesses.

If the business is eCommerce related, Yahoo! Provide a guide to setting up a business online at There is also help at, which also gives a complete start up guide and invites applications from would be entrepreneurs.

HSBC bank has a good website on business planning and has a software package that will help you to produce a full business plan and accounts at

Web resources

Excellent advice on a range of placement issues at the National Council for Work Experience’s website at This also lists many current vacancies.

Further information and sources

Information booklets available from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS):
For Careers Services Unit (C.S. U.) -