FACULTY OF COMPUTING & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Industrial Attachment Report.
Course: BSc Computer Technology.
Attachment Period: February 2013 – April 2013.
Unit: Attachment II
Code: BCT 2412
This is my original work submitted for academic credit in partial fulfilment of the regulation governing the award of degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology
Name: Mr P Kirui
Internship is engages students in service activities primarily for providing them with first-hand experience that enhances their learning and understanding the issues relevant to a particular area of study. It assists the attache’s on how to bridge the gap between their academic learning process and the practical reality. The industrial attachment programme contributes significantly and positively towards enhancing the knowledge base and motivational level of students. The rationale in offering the industrial attachment as part of the academic programme is that students benefit from these industrial attachment experiences and exposure. Benefits include improvements in career-related direction, improved marketability of graduates, job expectations, interpersonal skills, leadership and understanding of the business applications of classroom learning, team spirit and adopting to business environments. .
The most commonly agreed benefit of industrial attachment attachments for students is in providing a valuable learning experience that complements their coursework. Students have described industrial attachment as a bridge between the theory and practical. Internship programmes are perceived as a valuable way to acquire broad competencies where the practical knowledge obtained supports and complements the theoretical studies learned in the classrooms. The industrial attachment experience is argued to be beneficial in socializing the student through training, teamwork assignments, meetings with clients or employees, and various events hosted by the organization they are attached to during their industrial attachment. Interns have successfully developed their personal skills, particularly relating to information technology, time management, communication skills, teamwork, specialist knowledge and ability to prioritize tasks. Practical experience and exposure gained during the industrial attachment programme are found to be helpful in improving career decision making. Internship is the best way for students to explore the suitability of a particular job. Internship may pave the way for permanent employment upon graduation as well as providing an in-depth understanding of actual business practice. Students who go through an industrial attachment tend to secure their first jobs faster than graduates without industrial attachment experience. Graduates with industrial attachment experience are likely to get conspicuously higher starting pay and report greater job satisfaction compared to their non-industrial attachment counterparts. Students hope to receive monetary rewards and they be treated as regular employees. However, employers are not willing to treat attachés as regular employees and thus, normally assign duties that are more appropriate for college students. Employers are not suppose to treat attachés as part-time employees as this will result in an unsatisfactory industrial attachment and will most likely damage the relationship between the employer and the universities. Universities should be responsible to ensure that industrial attachments are meaningful learning experiences for their students. According to them, this may be accomplished by careful examination of feedback from employers and attachés; and is followed by the modification of the industrial attachment programme accordingly. Most higher learning institutions in this country offer industrial attachments for...
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