Many students are worried about what specific technical skills they need before going to an industry placement, be it coding languages, lab techniques, chemistry, mathematics etc etc. In reality, for most placements the host organisations are looking the following attributes and capabilities (in no particular order);
- Time management capabilities
- Team work
- Technical capabilities
- Communication skills
- Problem solving / showing initiative
- Self reliance
Are you reliable, approachable, a good communicator, work well with others, have a talent for learning and applying new things? Most industry hosts are looking at the potential a student can demonstrate, alongside their purely technical skills. Most organisations tell us that they expect to spend time training up new staff in terms of demonstrable technical capabilities, but they are less willing to take a risk on a potential employee who has not been able to demonstrate professionalism, communication, reliability and honesty.