IBS encourages its students to take an internship with one of its business partners to have an early start of their career. Students graduating from IBS therefore are not start-up graduates in the field of work, since they already have at least one semester of work experience behind them. It is no wonder that 70% of our graduates find a job within three months of their graduation, and 22% within 6 months, with very good salaries, and in fields which match their qualifications and interests.
What is placement? Optional work placement in the sixth semester of your studies is an excellent opportunity for testing your strengths, showing your teeth and more often than not, finding your...
What is placement?
Optional work placement in the sixth semester of your studies is an excellent opportunity for testing your strengths, showing your teeth and more often than not, finding your workplace. In recent years, close to 40 per cent of our students have found a job upon graduation at their placement organisation.
Placement is a one semester internship which our undergraduate students can do in their third, final year, mostly at multinational companies.
Does IBS or the student look for internship places?
Searching for and finding a professional placement position is the task of the student; however, IBS can and does offer effective assistance. Our career office has a network of about 300 partner companies, and these companies are committed to accepting our students. It is common for our alumni who graduated a few years ago and by now have achieved leading positions to offer positions to present IBS students.
How can I be sure that I choose a suitable placement position?
Students entering IBS are required to take a so-called Captain test, which gives them a picture of their abilities and skills, all of this in the context of their field of future interest. Based on the results we can form the strategy that students need to follow in their planned careers.
Prior to the placement period we offer training, career counselling and resume and cover letter writing exercises to help students who apply to several positions that they have found through IBS or by themselves.
In the last 20 years experience has shown that our students have a significant competitive advantage in the labour market due to their superior language, IT, teamwork, presentation and other skills.
Why is placement so useful?
During the placement our students put into practice in real working situations what they have learned in theory . This is a very advantageous set-up for student and employer alike: as the placement lasts for a semester, the student can integrate into the work environment, and if the student is successful, they can continue their cooperation afterwards without any problems. It is also very common for students graduating from IBS to receive a job at their placement company, meaning that many of the students on our undergraduate programmes graduate with a stable position already waiting for them.
Most importantly, students graduating from IBS are not start-up graduates in the field of work, since they already have at least one semester of work experience behind them. It is no wonder that 70% of our graduates find a job within three months of their graduation, and 22% within 6 months, with very good salaries, and in fields which match their qualifications and interests.
The day of companies called ’Big Day’ is held at the end of April every year. It is a job-fairs exclusively for IBS students. More and more companies participate at this traditional event each year, with over 30 exhibitors at the 2014 fair. The Big Day is an excellent opportunity both for the companies and the students to present themselves and exchange information during an informal chat. The exhibitors have the opportunity to give presentations and conduct on-site interviews.