Flourish Education's tips for getting a work experience placement
We recently visited Wolverhampton University to speak with Education Studies Students
Wolverhampton University have been providing students with the opportunity of a quality education in the West Midlands, for over 180 years. They have 500 courses to choose from, delivered across 18 Schools and Institutes. They offer first class teaching, world-leading research, strong business links, and state-of-the-art facilities.
What is an Education Studies degree?
A degree in Education Studies at Wolverhampton University provides students with valuable insights into learning, teaching, education systems and policies. Most graduates of education (non-teacher training) courses progress to careers within the broad field of education. Some go on and train to teach, whilst others work in other roles within schools, colleges and community education.
Wolverhampton University has been ranked 2nd in the UK (best in England!) for graduate employability in a recent survey
Overall, 96% of Wolverhampton University students who graduated in 2015 were in work or further study 6 months after they'd left – this positions the University as 2nd in the UK*, outperforming the UK average for all universities.*Source: DLHE 2014/15. For universities with 2,000-3,000 graduating students (full-time undergraduate)
How can Flourish Education help support Education Studies students?
As friendly experienced education recruiters, we want to help Education Studies students (and graduates) by providing sound expert advice, key tips on work experience placements and guidance on their careers.
Our education recruitment consultants, Josh and Amy, went along to Wolverhampton University and joined speakers from The Way Youth Zone and Wolverhampton University Volunteer Central in delivering a presentation to Education Studies students. The aim of our presentation was to introduce ourselves as a family run education recruitment agency, say what we do, explain our company values and how we can help.
Tips for getting a work experience placement
On Education Studies courses, work experience placements are required (60 hours) in order to obtain a degree. Applying for a work placement can be as competitive as applying for a permanent job; therefore it's essential that you research thoroughly. Here's a list of helpful tips for getting a work experience placement:
- Collate a list of schools in your chosen area(s)
- Research to see what each school’s activity– awards, events, competitions
- Set up a LinkedIn profile page and discover schools, connections and groups
- Ensure your social media presence is professional and promoting you well
- Find out who to call and register your interest in a placement
- Ensure your CV is correctly formatted and has no errors
- Create a professional statement for your CV
- Detail what you’re looking for and what you can offer
- Tailor it to individual schools
- Show your education related experience at the top
- Next display your job history in chronological order
- Show case your qualifications
- Mail or drop your CV off in person to the correct department
- Follow them up via email or phone
Passionate about education recruitment
We supply teachers and non-teaching staff into nurseries, schools, colleges and SEN. If you're a graduate or newly qualified teacher, we’ll actively listen to and find out exactly what you’re looking for, then go the extra mile.
With strong links with schools across the West Midlands and established relationships with key decision makers, we'll be able to match your strengths and suitability to a placement.
When you register with us you'll receive our expertise in CV writing, covering letters and assistance with Interview preparation.
If you're interested in supply teaching, then you're eligible to enrol on Free Cover Supervisor Training. It's delivered in-house by one of our experienced Cover Supervisor Manager's. You’ll learn about what the role entails, school expectations, how to plan for the day, classroom management tips and more.
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