SEFS Alumni News Autumn 2019

Work Placement for Students

24 Sep 2019
Pictured: UCC Work Placement Manager, Clodagh Kerr and staff from Boston Scientific, Cork with students participating in the Boston Scientific GROW Programme.

Attention alumni! Relevant work experience along with good grades, team and interpersonal skills are key factors for employers when recruiting graduates. Work placement gives students an opportunity to secure experience in the workplace and to develop the skills necessary to prepare them for today’s global labour market. As a graduate of UCC, you could help these students access the market and gain an insight into life in industry.

“From my own point of view, work experience and especially industry experience, is very beneficial as potential candidates have a good understanding of the industry, career opportunities available to them and would have gained experience and skills such as interpersonal, problem-solving and time management.” HR Glanbia July 2019

In the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, students are available for placements of 3.5, 5, 6, and 8 months. On the undergrad programmes, students in their penultimate year go on placement. In the new ME Engineering programmes, placement will become part of the fourth year of study, and on the taught masters programmes students are immediately available for full-time employment on completion of their work placement.

Students are ideally suited to work on a variety of projects both as an individual, and as part of a wider team. They are keen to develop their practical skills and to contribute in a meaningful way.  Feedback from employers has been very positive with many of our students returning to their placement organisation on graduation.

As numbers grow, and more degree programmes incorporate a work placement module, we are continually looking to expand our database of employers. As a graduate of UCC, and in your capacity as an employer or employee, you may be interested in learning more about the programme. We would love to hear from you. If you have any queries about how to get involved please contact us:

Clodagh Kerr - Computer Science, Food Science and Chemistry 

Yvonne Harding - Biotechnology

Linda Lynch -  Engineering


What’s New in Engineering?

The School of Engineering is delighted to announce the Integrated Master of Engineering, which includes an eight-month work placement, commencing in January 2020.

Programmes: Electrical & Electronic, Energy, Process & Chemical and Civil & Environmental

This two-year professional engineering programme is designed to provide students with the skills and techniques necessary to excel in industry and the global labour market. The new ME programme fully meets the enhanced educational requirements for an engineer to achieve chartered status as stipulated by Engineers Ireland.

On the ME programme, students will take a number of key modules to enhance their core engineering skills, followed by a placement in industry. In the second year, students take a selection of advanced technical modules aligned to their areas of interest and two business management modules to enhance their professional development along with an extended individual research project.

Want to know more about the programme or in a position to provide work placement? Contact Linda Lynch


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