March 22, 2022 | Manitoba
What is a workplace practicum?
Workplace practica are a critical part of your education at a career college.
They are designed to enhance a program’s theoretical outcomes and provide students with a practical, hands-on approach to learning. They serve as a supplement for students to understand the tasks they will encounter as part of the workforce after graduation.
Practica act as a bridge between the classroom and the workplace, allowing students to test what they have learned in a safe environment. Students can expect to encounter all the elements of a professional role, but with the security of knowing they are surrounded by experienced professionals who will be able to support them through difficult situations. This type of learning is key to discovering strengths and weaknesses.
Practica give students a better idea of what to expect in their future careers and a hands-on opportunity to decide if it will be a good fit for the long term. Students may enjoy the theoretical instruction in class but discover the physical, emotional, or technical demands required during practical application. Practica give them a valuable opportunity to adjust their priorities or opt to explore other roles available upon graduation.
What should students expect during their practicum?
Unlike the traditional classroom experience, a practicum is a job placement that acts as an active learning experience.
The primary difference between a job and a practicum placement is that students can expect support from their practicum supervisors. They understand students are still in the learning phase and are there to build the skills and experience they need for their careers. Because they are part of a program, students can also expect additional support from program instructors, faculty, and staff.
Practica act as something of a safety net, and students are free to take advantage of the valuable chance they present. No student is perfect; they can expect to make mistakes but should take the opportunity to learn from them in a safe environment.
Why a Practicum?
Ultimately, a practicum gives students a chance to learn in a hands-on environment, with the support they need to round out their education. It’s time to build skills, experience, and confidence before starting their careers.
Pratica provide the type of on-the-job experience not found in the classroom. They are also a chance for students to assess their knowledge and discover areas in which they need to improve. Students may even find tips and advice in the workplace that might not be taught in the classroom.
Perhaps the most advantageous aspect of a workplace practicum is the experience it gives graduates when entering the workforce. It allows students to be more competitive and more confident when they start their new careers.
Having experience is beneficial to employers as well. New hires entering an organization with only theoretical and classroom training require more attention from employers. Those who are hired after participating in a practicum allow employers to better focus on the core functions of their businesses or departments.
Many employers use practica as an opportunity to evaluate a student’s skill and knowledge in the hiring process. Practicum experience gives students a better chance to start their careers immediately, without the need for an extensive job search.
Regardless of program, there are clear benefits to workplace practica. They are a great opportunity for students to practice their skills, and put their knowledge to the test. They are also a great chance for graduates to build experience and confidence at the most critical time in their career development. Practica should be seen as an essential component of successful career-oriented programs.