Feedback from the Placement Supervisor (and BU BAPR Alum) – Niall Malone at The Football Foundation

  1.  How long have you been accepting placement students from BU, and how many do you usually employ each year?
    The Football Foundation’s placement year scheme started in 2010 and since then the organisation has recruited several BU grads.

    2.    What sort of roles are available at your company as placements?
    The Football Foundation’s Communications Team takes two placement students every year.

    3.    What is it about offering placements to BU students that appeals to you?
    As a former BU student myself I’ll have to remove any bias here (!) but on the whole they tend to be an industrious and innovative bunch.

    4.    Are there any skills/attributes that particularly impress you about the students you take on?
    They are personable and have a real willingness to learn.

    5.    Why do you think work placements are a valuable part of a degree course?
    Placements are valuable because they marry an undergrad’s theory studies with practical work experience. Ultimately the 12 months spent in industry increase a student’s chance of employment on graduation exponentially.

    6.    When you’re hiring for permanent positions, what would you say makes a graduate stand out?
    Well researched answers in their interview, evidence of other shorter-term internships and a portfolio of  work which might include previous press releases and articles that they have written.

    Niall Malone, Communications Manager and BU BAPR graduate http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/

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