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Work Placements, Internships & Applied Social Research

Work Placements, Internships & Applied Social Research

First Edition

May 2021 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Showcasing how you can use a work placement to develop your research and professional skills, this warm and personable book demonstrates how you can transfer and grow skills from your academic training to the workplace and maximise the benefits of learning by doing. 

The book also:

·       Helps you confidently navigate the entire internship process, providing reassuring guidance about key steps such as applying and interviewing for placements

·       Highlights the importance of practicing reflective learning and encourages you to become a reflective researcher

·       Empowers you to make an internship work for you, giving you key employability and workplace skills.

Drawing on a range of real student voices, this pragmatic guide helps you make the most of the opportunities offered by a work placement and shows how the skills you learn will help you thrive in academia and beyond.

Chapter 1: Experiential learning and applied research
Chapter 2: The benefits of experiential learning in applied social research
Chapter 3: How to apply for a work placement or internship
Chapter 4: How to prepare for, do and reflect on an interview
Chapter 5: How to get through your first day
Chapter 6: How to use a framework for reflection
Chapter 7: How to develop your analytical and research skills
Chapter 8: How to develop your professional skills
Chapter 9: Using the work placement experience to inform continuing study

This book has lots of practical advice to help you get the most out of your work-placement – read it before you start applying!

Lisa Pope
Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland

A helpful guide for students to consult before, during and after their placements. The chapters are written in a very engaging style, both authoritative and friendly, so it is easy to put a great deal of trust in the advice being offered.

I also very much like the author’s little stories of how she has learned from her own experiences. They will help students think about their placement experiences in a new light or from different perspectives. Having the student narratives is very helpful in that regard, as they can learn from those experiences as well as having them to hold their own placement experiences up against.

Steven Curtis
School of Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University

This book contains good examples of experiential learning and the emphasis on workplace learning and the possibility to achieve a successful internship / placement is made very real. The narrative is most supportive to those anxious about their first placement.

Domini Bingham
UCL Centre for Educational Leadership

This book provides an interesting set of case studies which will be of benefit to those seeking work related learning and will certaibly be of interest to practitioners supporting them.

On the other hand, the lack theoretical positioning, in terms of work related learning, means that this is unlikely to be suitable for more critical readers

Professor Laurence Philip Solkin
School of Social Sciences, City University of London
November 4, 2021

There is no other book like it, and it is very good. We run a course that is very similar to the course that Dr Carter runs and was used as the basis for this book. This book, therefore, covers exactly what we need. Work placements are incredibly valuable to students and having such a book, that outlines how to students experience them and what they should do, is vital.

Dr Jack Cunliffe
School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research , University of Kent
August 2, 2021

Good information however not relevant for the intended course

Mr IOANNIS Dermitzakis
Bedfordshire Business School, Bedfordshire University
October 13, 2021