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ERIC Number: ED566911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
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Independent Work Placements as a Gateway to the World of Work
Biasini, Rosalba; Bohm, Anke; Rabadán-Gómez, Marina
The Year Abroad (YA) is arguably the most valued feature of any languages degree, according to employers (British Academy & UCML, 2012). The resilience and problem-solving capacities developed by students who undertake a period of residence abroad are sought-after characteristics in the job market. Thus, most languages degrees in the UK include a YA as part of their programme of studies, and in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC) at the University of Liverpool (UoL), students choose between studying at a partner university or working abroad. This case study focuses on Independent Work Placements (IWP) and reflects on how a collaborative partnership between employers, universities and students provide a successful learning experience while guaranteeing a smoother transition from university to the world of work through the development of academic and soft skills. A short list of references and links is included. [For the complete volume, "Employability for Languages: A Handbook," see ED566902.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Liverpool)