How industry placements advance your career
It's no longer enough to have just a degree. You need industry experience before you graduate. A Work Integrated Learning (WIL) industry placement at Le Cordon Bleu gets you working with leading hospitality organisations while studying. This article discusses how to make the most of your industry placement for a competitive edge in your career.
In a Le Cordon Bleu programme, students undertake a minimum of six months' Work Integrated Learning (WIL). This involves a placement with one of Le Cordon Bleu's prestigious industry partners - giving students real work experience in a leading hospitality business.
Engaging in your placement is vital to your success. Even as a student, you will also be expected to work as a member of the team. You are not simply an observer but a contributing member of staff. Take the opportunity to speak up, ask as many questions as possible and raise your hand for any new opportunities within the company to further your learning. Many students are later employed by their host organisations, so this is an excellent opportunity to make an impression.
In any career it's important to reflect on your performance and experiences. This is emphasised in Work Integrated Learning (WIL), with all placement experiences academically assessed.
Examining both positive and challenging experiences in your placement will help you to identify areas for further development, and may provide some clarity regarding your future career pathways. Le Cordon Bleu's Industry Engagement Team will support you through your placement and assist in finding opportunities for you to work on key areas of interest.
Working in industry for leading hospitality organisations gives you the chance to start creating a professional network. Building friendships with other hospitality professionals you'll meet during your placement has a range of benefits:
- Building confidence: By kick-starting your networking experience in a safe environment, you can build confidence to ensure you are able to network effectively later in life.
- Learn from others: Everyone has unique perspectives that can't be transcribed into textbooks - forming connections helps you continue your learning beyond your education.
- Access more opportunities: As you develop your network, you may find yourself discovering exclusive career opportunities.
Le Cordon Bleu graduates enjoy a lifelong global alumni membership offering networking, career support and industry connection.
Contact Le Cordon Bleu today to discover the range of Work Integrated Learning placements available through our network of leading industry partners.