If nothing else, it is a great break from studying, and definitely a fantastic way to ease into full-time work.
I think the best thing about working on placement is that you are not expected to know the answer to anything, or be instantly good at what you are doing. You still have the protection of being a student, which mentally helps you to get through the steep learning curve of a new job. It was also nice having a taste of full-time work (and a full-time wage) but with an end date. I loved my entire placement, but I did know that I still had another year of being a student, which encouraged me to seize more opportunities, such as going on exchange and travelling as much as possible, before entering the full-time workforce.
My placement opened my eyes to a potential career path I had never considered before. International education is a huge industry and something that incorporates my tourism studies and love of travel. In addition, the skills and experience I learnt throughout the year was priceless and will no doubt assist me in securing a job when I finish my degree; maybe even at Swinburne Abroad!