Professional Placements for Earth Scientists


This module provides students with the opportunity to develop professional Earth sciences skills through the application of the academic and practical skills attained on campus to the work place. Through a placement scheme students will work for an organisation learning a) the day to day responsibilities of working in that job through shadowing b) practical experience of being involved in a project and c) the correct way to disseminate their results to the appropriate persons within the organisation. This will provide the basis for critical reflection on the links between theory as learnt at university and practice in a work situation. In addition students will gain valuable experience of work outside the university through their placements that will help equip them for their future careers. Students will also undertake a number of workshops that will enable them to develop their career development skills.

* NOTE: The total number of places available on this module is dependent on available placements. As far as is possible, staff will endeavour to arrange places within the West Midlands region, but places may be limited, particularly within some subject areas (e.g. Palaeontology). It may be possible for placements to be arranged further afield and with individual students’ input, with the approval of the module lead.


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