Placement fair provides more opportunities for social work students

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Placement matching fair

Students studying social work at Oxford Brookes University have been able to gain better placement opportunities through an annual placement matching event.

It was introduced in response to student feedback, which said they wanted more say in choosing their first placements on the course. 

Now in its fourth year, the placement event took place this week (Tuesday 22 May) at the University’s Marston Road site. It is similar to a job fair, but rather than companies recruiting new employees, organisations in the private, voluntary and independent sectors in Oxfordshire and beyond have the opportunity to meet students who want a placement and vice versa.

I also found it inspiring and gained a better idea of what type of agency I would consider working for in the future. That’s good preparation. It was also good to be able to meet them in person and a good opportunity to ask any questions I had on my mind, directly.

Social work student Joy Dideola, Oxford Brookes University

Liz Clarke, Lecturer in Social Work in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work said: “For the students it is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what services are available locally and to really make up their mind about where they want to go. 

“We ask students to think about the types of questions they should ask organisations before attending the fair, so they can make an informed decision about where to do a placement. Many organisations attended this year’s event and we encouraged students to go and talk to all of them, so they could properly appraise the learning opportunities on offer.” 

Placement matching fair social work

At the end of the fair, students will list their top three preferred placements and the placement coordinator will then try and match them to one of these, taking into account the student’s capabilities, organisational requirements and preferences. 

Social work student Joy Dideola who attended this year's said: “I found the placement fair very engaging. It gives you a little taste of what a placement with the agency will be like. 

“I also found it inspiring and gained a better idea of what type of agency I would consider working for in the future. That’s good preparation. It was also good to be able to meet them in person and a good opportunity to ask any questions I had on my mind, directly.”

Find out more about studying social work at Oxford Brookes on the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work website.