Khadijah Pandor

Kahtijah

12 Dec Khadijah Pandor

Job title:  Skills Policy Officer – Industrial Placement
Type of position: Placement
Company:  Suffolk County Council
Degree: Politics and Sociology

Why I loved it:

“The best bit about my placement year was that not one day was the same as I was liaising with a range of stakeholders during my placement, so it was more than just sitting in an office. As I developed my employability skills I was given more responsibility, I felt like a valuable employer to the team, making a contribution.”

My best experience/greatest achievement:

“The highlight of my year was being offered work over the summer months after my industrial placement had concluded. Other highlights included successful events that I helped to organise, and talking about my life experiences at university and my placement year to different schools and adjusting to working life.”

What I learned:

“My placement was with the Skills Team at Suffolk County Council and included working with a range of internal and external stakeholders including schools, employers, County Council departments and District and Borough Councils. I also had the opportunity to work on other initiatives, including the promotion of opportunities for young people post-sixteen years old. During the year my responsibilities included: developing and implementing the systems and procedures that established the employer/educator brokerage service, providing support to schools in evaluating their current employability programme and developing additional activities in schools, recruiting and supporting employers to become involved in delivering employability activities in primary and secondary schools, building business contacts and capacity and designing and procuring communications materials for the programme.”

About my experience/Tips for students:

“Do not give up! Apply to as many positions as possible and do not get disheartened with rejections. I personally applied to near enough 50 placement jobs, had two interviews and was offered one position, but the persistence is paying off as I can now include relevant work experience when applying for graduate jobs.”