Adding value to the work placement: working towards a professional qualification in an undergraduate degree programme
This article reviews the opportunity provided by the work placement year for human resource management students to gain professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). A case study approach is used to reflect on findings related to the first two cohorts. It concludes that the benefits of the opportunity to gain a separate professional qualification are twofold. First, it ties in closely with what appears is a more strategic career decision-making process on behalf of the student and, second, the CIPD qualification provides a robust framework for the placement period during this important stage of student studies.