Robertson College, as it is your opportunity to make use of your new skills in a practical setting and get some much-needed experience to put on your resume. It is important to make the most of your practicum and use it to your full advantage!
Asking questions is a great way to show that you are interested and engaged. It is also the best way to glean valuable insight from your practicum hosts that you can only get outside of a classroom.
Find ways to make yourself more valuable
By taking initiative and filling a specialized need in your practicum placement, your hosts will be more likely to view you as a valuable asset and hire you straight out of your practicum.
Be open to all tasks
Taking on all tasks requested of you shows that you are a team-player willing to take on any challenge. Some tasks may seem mundane or repetitive, but they are basic building blocks that serve as a foundation for growth.
Be a sponge
Be ready to absorb anything and everything around you. Don't just perform tasks, ask why they are important to understand the bigger picture. Don't say no to any reasonable task requested of you, and take the time to show that you are eager to learn. After all, your practicum is just another kind of classroom!
Dress to impress
They say - 'dress for the job you want, not the job you have.' Putting time and effort into the way you look says a lot about how seriously you are taking your career - and the time that the practicum host is taking to spend with you.
Show that you are invested in your practicum by giving it your full attention. Leave your cell phone in your bag so that it isn't nearby to distract you. Keep personal phone calls and non-work-related conversations to a minimum, and try not to distract your co-workers.
Follow your host's example
Take cues from your practicum host on how to behave, dress, and otherwise conduct yourself. Some workplaces are more relaxed than others, and you want to show them that you can adapt to the existing culture.
These are some great ways to ensure you will not just survive - but thrive! - in your practicum. If you have any other questions regarding work placement or what you can expect on your practicum, please contact us at the college and we will be happy to help with anything you may need.