We may only be able to take on three or four such students a year, but I like to think that, for the time they spend with us, their eyes are opened and that it sparks ideas for their future.

Andy Platts, Author

Student placements

Why bother with placement students! Basking in the heat of a lovely long Easter break gave me pause to reflect on how I spend my free time. I was particularly inspired by #CirencesterCollege student Rubel who spent last week with Jireh during his Easter holidays to learn more about what working for an #msp means.
It’s a perk of the job to meet a young person who is interested enough in IT to give up half of his holiday to learning. When people think of jobs in this industry (teachers, parents as well as students) they often assume that you must have chosen IT courses and qualifications. But in our line of work it’s much more important to have people skills, along with a real interest in technology – we can provide the rest.

It’s always made sense to me that, to get the best out of people, you have to help them develop their skills, thereby opening up possibilities for them which they may not even have known existed. We may only be able to take on three or four such students a year, but I like to think that, for the time they spend with us, their eyes are opened and that it sparks ideas for their future. Idealistic? Perhaps! More a problem-solver, I’d say… I’d welcome your thoughts as to how you manage your work experience students and why you do it.