So, what is a sandwich placement? Stated by “WikiJob” it is classed as a
validated work experience opportunity which forms part of a university degree programme (usually the third year, of a four year course).
For my placement, I have chosen to kickstart my career as a junior web developer with Nuttersons. The main aim of the company is to provide a front end web development experience to allow me to focus on my design, working on responsive and creative layouts, which for me had felt like a perfect opportunity.
A placement usually will last between 12 – 15 months, allowing you to gain plenty of real work experience before you go back to complete your final year. The best part of this for me was that I was able to be a lot more creative with my final year project, building a complete client dashboard.
This was a perfect opportunity to provide real world clients with a more structured experience, while also allowing me to work on real world web projects with technologies I had only used for practice in uni.
Would I recommend it?
Most definitely, I feel as though it is necessary to have that one year break from uni. Which allows you to focus on your weaknesses before putting them into practice on a larger scale project. By doing this I feel as though I have more to offer and bring to a real world situation while bringing real world solutions to reality.
What is it like working in Web Development?
Unlike software development, I find web development a lot more flexible not only are you learning how to improve your own codebase, you’re also learning about different topics in the areas your clients work in. In my example, I have worked on plenty of health and Physio websites which allowed me to broaden my knowledge on areas I would have never thought about beforehand. This for me is great as I always like to learn something new if this is either from other web developers or people who work in a completely different area.
From this, I have picked up skills in developing custom WordPress themes, working with Magento. Providing a more structured code base for PHP applications (such as checkmydomain). I feel as though if i didn’t have the opportunity of working for a gap year between my university course, I would have no ideal path to follow after finishing as a graduate, which for me is important as I will always like to plan ahead in the future.
If you’re thinking about going on a sandwich placement, have questions or just generally curious about the experience at Nuttersons. Feel free to contact me via email I would be more than happy to provide you with the information that you require.