Work-Related Learning Really Working
An embedded Work-Related Learning (WRL) module is at the core of many SoC courses, where students are getting the much needed work related experience that industry demands.
The Spring semester started off with module leader Dr Yanguo Jing inducting over 250 eager Level 5, Level 6 and MSc level students across five academic groups. These students will undertake a short period of professional activity with a business or community organisation. The activity can be a volunteering activity, external work placement activity, or activity within the SoC Virtual Business Environment, or a business startup activity.
Yanguo states that the real benefit of the module is that it provides our students an opportunity to think about their career development, put what they have learned in a context of real life problems, and indeed to improve their professionalism in a working environment.
Many colleagues have helped to make the module work. Special thanks go to Alan Stuart, Getachew Zergaw, Richard Walters, Giles Askham, Yong Xue and Peter Chalk.
Past students have experienced some really exciting opportunities. A 3rd year student, Kafil Mazumder, secured a work placement with Blackberry as a paid network operation centre operator. Dr. Jing visited Kafil at Blackberry and as a result of the visit, two Blackberry employees have decided to apply for our MSc Professional Information Technology course including Kafil’s supervisor.
Blackberry has since sent two of its software engineers and one HR officer to the Faculty to present in the Student Enterprise Workshop on 21st February 2013. Blackberry is keen to continue the collaboration with the Faculty and recruit more London Met students in the future.
For more information contact Dr Yanguo Jing (firstname.lastname@example.org)