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Careers & Work Placement

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Assessment Deadlines

Weekly Logbooks – signed every Friday by Work Supervisor complied into end of Month report.

Monthly Reports – emailed in last Friday of month.(to the work placement office and your academic supervisor)

Site Visit by College – Visit to be scheduled

Final Work Placement Report - for students on degree programmes by Friday August 10th

(Higher Diploma Students – tba)


What is the Careers and Work Placements service?

The NCI Careers and Opportunities Service is committed to providing a confidential learner centred career counselling, guidance and information service of the highest quality to all full-time, part-time, off campus and postgraduate students of the college.

 

How can I prepare for work placement?

The success of your work placement can depend on how well you prepare for what can be a vitally important period for you. A good placement will not only develop your knowledge and skills but also define the look of your eventual CV. The vast majority of students completing their work placement find it a rich and rewarding experience. Your work placement co-ordinator and academic supervisor can assist you in preparing for work placement, but it is you who must take responsibility for ensuring that the process is a success. Research further resources on the NCI Website on:

Creating an impressive CV 

Winning interviews


Networking Opportunities?

When you were looking for a work placement we advised you to use your contacts and those of others to network. Hopefully during your placements you have got the opportunity to get to know people at your place of work and perhaps externally.

Remember to exploit these contacts. It is important to keep in touch and expand your network of contacts within your industry. Your final year project is your ideal opportunity to continue to forge links. Later these connections could make the difference in sourcing your first graduate position.



What is the Work Placement programme?

The Work Placement programme is an integral part of several academic courses in the college. Through this programme students learn to apply the knowledge they have gained in their course to a workplace environment. 


My work placement is over, now what?

Students who have embraced their work placement opportunity will get the most out of it.  While it may not directly lead to a job offer, a work placement is a fantastic benefit for job-hunting. Students finishing their work placement can benefit hugely from the opportunity to identify both the skills they have developed and those they need to work on.

When you were looking for a work placement we advised you to use your contacts and those of others to network. Hopefully during your placements you have got the opportunity to get to know people at your place of work and perhaps externally.

Remember to exploit these contacts. It is important to keep in touch and expand your network of contacts within your industry. Your final year project is your ideal opportunity to continue to forge links. Later these connections could make the difference in sourcing your first graduate position.

When you return to college you should immediately shift focus to your graduate job search. You should know before leaving your work placement employer if there was any potential future graduate opportunity for you. There may not be or it may not be possible to say at the time. You may also want to work elsewhere or to do further study? It’s best to discuss these options with the Careers Office when you return to college early in your final year.

In order to make an appointment please e-mail ckennedy@ncirl.ie or aoife.russell@ncirl.ie with details on what you would like to discuss and some brief information on your background so as that we are fully prepared before meeting you (Telephone 01 4498526/ 01 4498773). The Careers & Opportunities office is located in the Student Services Area of the Atrium in the main IFSC campus.

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What are the dates for Work Placement ?

BSc in Computing and BSc Business Information Systems Students

6 months minimum (full-time)

Year 3 students commence work placement in January/February annually. 

Higher Diploma in Web Technologies and Higher Diploma in Computing in Software Development Students

3 months minimum (full-time)

Higher Diploma Students commence work placement in January/February annually (following their final exams).

*Note: Higher Diploma Students are available to remain in employment beyond 3 months if both parties are in agreement.


How is placement organised ?

Stage 1: CV Submission

Stage 2: Preparatory Presentation(s)

 

Stage 3: CV Circulation - Interviews

Stage 4: Your Work Placement

Stage 5: Log Books/Reports/Site Visit

Stage 6: Work Placement Completion & Assessment


What are the benefits of work placement to the student?

The work placement programme will help you to gain industry experience and exposure to the latest technologies used in your field. You will get started on building your career network and put into practice knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom.


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