If you’re doing a sandwich-placement then it’s important that you make the most of it; it really can help to shape your career.

You’ll learn so much, and it will give you a big advantage when the time comes to apply for graduate jobs. A lost of employers like to see related experience, and it will look great on your CV.

I’ve placed many students in sandwich placements over the years; I asked a few of them for advice to help you make the most of your placement. Here are their tips; they are worth bearing in mind:

Write down everything, and update your CV as you are going (it won’t be easy to remember everything at the end). Add bullet points of tasks or projects that you did. The placement year will help you get a graduate job, so make the most of it. Omari Davis

I enjoyed my placement as a Buyer. It was a great experience and helped me understand how businesses run and how they deal with different situations. My tip would be to be curious. You should try to take every opportunity to learn about the industry, the company, and the role. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to explore areas unfamiliar to you. This will help you to gain knowledge as well as showing your willingness to learn more. Will Beddall

Instead of waiting for things to be handed to you, take a proactive approach and involve yourself in projects. By doing so, you’ll discover more and more opportunities to showcase your talent and stay productive, which in turn will earn you the respect of your colleagues. Ali Merchant.

The thing that helped me the most is not being afraid to ask questions. It’s always better to ask someone more experienced if you’re unsure on what to do. This reduces the chances of making errors in your work, which could lead to consequences further down the line,  impacting the customer’s satisfaction. Similarly, you could find out other ways of doing something/top-tips which could save time and increase efficiency.

Also, I found it useful when I had free time to explore other areas of the business. A lot of my time is spent in the design office, so having a roam  around other areas and having a conversation with professionals of other subjects allowed me to see the wider perspective on the business, and how it was run. This again ties in to asking questions, as this is how I learnt more. Check with your Manager that they are happy for you to do this.

Finally, I found it extremely useful to write a to-do list every day on the tasks I had to complete. On my busier days, I prioritised the list to increase efficiency.  Another way to do this is by creating a new folder on your emails (name it “To do”) and drag all the emails that you are to act on into it, this creates a list of things to do along with the details involved in it.  Once I complete one, I drag it back into my inbox to “delete” it.  James Armitage

Always put your everything into your new role and don’t be afraid to ask questions. See if there are opportunities available in other departments within the business to get a feel for the company as a whole this can excel your performance. If there are specific skills you want to develop express your interest in this from the beginning. You can only get out what you put in. Olivia Armon

For most people taking a placement year is the start of their career so it’s a fantastic opportunity to develop your skillset. I believe embracing responsibilities and chasing opportunities throughout your placement is a great attitude to have and it will lead to you enjoying your year out even more. Renit Adke

Remember that although this is a placement, and part of your course, it’s really a job of work. Treat it as such. Be on time, work hard, listen. try and get on with people. If you do all of this then you should get a good reference from your employer, which is hugely important when you are applying for graduate jobs. If you don’t get a good reference, or even worse if they end the placement early due to you not caring, then it kind of defeats the purpose. Aisha Balogun