The Argument of University Student's not being ready for work once they've graduated, what's people's opinions on those Student's doing a years work placement? While I was at University, my plan was to get the best grades I absolutely could and then during the Placement year try and build up some contacts, kiss arse, work hard and try & get offered a position, apprenticeship or internship to go for once I had graduated.
Still, I think in my case after I left University I've wanted a job more than ever, my OU coursework is easy to do a few hours a day so I do have a lot more time to apply & work if I do get a job. Hell, after about 8-9 months it finally paid off, until the company decided they no longer wanted Apprentices.
Looking at a few more Apprenticeships now, probably send a few more applications in before bed.
Yes, students should absolutely aim to do a placement year. I didn't even apply to Unis where it wasn't part of the course.
Those who do business related courses usually have to do a placement, so NOT doing one is a massive disadvantage.
As it happens I (thought I) didn't enjoy my placement year and ended up staying an extra year at Uni... In the meantime I still applied for summer internships in summer 2011 at the investment banks and got a graduate job starting in September on an unbelievable starting salary. No way would I have got that without the year I spent on placement.
To add to the discussion about CV length, the investment banks won't usually accept a CV longer than one side of A4 which at least forces you to be concise!