Business | GSK
"This placement has confirmed to me that, indeed, HR is the area that I would like to pursue a career in; however, I am probably interested in different areas of HR than I originally thought.
My placement has helped to shape a belief that I would prefer to go down a specialist HR path, perhaps involving diversity and inclusion on employee health and wellbeing."
Brent , Bachelor of Business
My placement has also demonstrated that I love the pharmaceutical industry. By working at a company whose end game is helping patients and saving lives, I have felt as if I'm contributing to a cause greater than myself, allowing me to feel very proud of the work that not only I do, but that GSK does as well.
I would thoroughly recommend that all students undertake a professional placement for three main reasons. Firstly, you'll learn and develop so much as an individual. Personally, I have improved my written communication, public speaking, emotional intelligence and networking skills.
Secondly, a placement will allow you to identify whether or not you want to pursue a career in the discipline that you're studying, and if so, it will allow you to refine your interests and build a strong network of people who can help you land a job post-placement.
Finally, the reason why I think all students should undertake a professional placement is that you'll learn a lot about yourself. People often say that they 'find themselves' when travelling but to be honest, I've 'found myself' this year.
Thanks to my placement, I have a very strong understanding of my own strengths, weaknesses and how I can manage my energy. This knowledge of self will equip me well for the future, both in work and life.