How I successfully applied for a placement
Leeds Beckett University has been a stepping stone in my career, I am an international student who came from India to the UK to pursue my undergraduate degree, with lots of dreams to be achieved. I am studying BSc Computer Science at Headingley Campus. The course modules are packed with the necessary knowledge that should be taught to a student whose profession is in the computer field and I believe I am a correct fit for this course. The course also gave me an opportunity to take a placement year where I could work in industry.
During the second year induction, and with the placement year nearing, our Course Director Kiran Voderhobli presented the benefits and importance of taking a placement year and recommended it to us.
I would recommend getting support from the Headingley Placements team, who offered tips and events that motivated me to do a placement year. The CV360 cover letter tool and my mentor's feedback helped a lot to shape my CV and allowed my cover letter to stand out from other candidates. I started applying for jobs on LinkedIn, RateMyPlacement, Movejobs and Gradcracker. The one that I really recommend is Movejobs which is exclusively for international students. I applied for a software engineering role at Knorr Bremse.
The application process at Knorr Bremse was quite straightforward as everything is online due to the pandemic. After sending my CV along with a cover email I was invited for an interview. The interview had a mixture of general, competency and technical questions which I did very well in and left a great impression. I later got a call from the HR department of Knorr Bremse and was offered the software engineering role – a great payoff for my hard work and determination towards my goal.
The course tutors prepared my mindset by suggesting future routes that are available to specialise in, which led me towards successfully securing a placement in a field I am interested in. The team project module also helped as it gave me experience of team working and collaboration, alongside other soft skills that made me confident in the workplace. I would like to thank my course director who provided the necessary help and support I needed for securing a placement. I would also like to thank the Headingley Placements team, for providing me with the guidance, training and support throughout my placement journey and lastly, the City Placements Team Leader for giving me the required support when needed.