Career Development: Placement Presentation

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Career Development: Placement Presentation

During your second tutor visit, undertaken in Month 9, 10 or 11 you will need to give a presentation in the presence of your tutor and your manager (and any of your work colleagues that you wish to invite). If your manager is unable to attend the presentation then they or you may nominate a substitute such as your supervisor or another member of senior staff.


The Placement: an evaluation of my learning and its influence on my career development

The aim of this presentation is to enable you to reflect on your overall placement experience and to articulate the ways in which you have developed. You must agree in good time a date with your manager and tutor. This is an excellent opportunity to show to colleagues, your manager and other senior personnel how much you have achieved and contributed to the organisation over the year.

Your tutor will assess your oral presentation.  In addition to content, the learning outcome for professionalism is taken to account in this piece of work (LO5). Your presentation should be made using PowerPoint or similar package.  A copy of your slides must be uploaded to Turnitin ahead of the presentation time.

You can also send a rough draft of the presentation to your tutor at least two weeks before the presentation date for a review of the slides. This will look at the suitability of the content and the clarity of the presented material in general, but no predicted grades or direct discussion of the quality of the work will be offered as the final output is your responsibility (including spelling, punctuation and grammar).

PowerPoint is the recommended format, and although you can use videos in the slides, remember this is an assessment of you and your business understanding in critically applying theory to practice in the workplace.

The presentation must include Harvard referencing (in DMU format) in the form of a reference list at the end.

A number of ebooks are listed on the ‘Reading Lists’ tab on Blackboard and you should look to access these in preparation for your presentation and portfolio submission.

 Content of the presentation: The presentation should cover the following areas:

 PART ONE – The Organisation

  • An introduction to yourself
  • A brief summary of your role/department/section
  • A background to the organisation
  • An overview of the external environment in which the organisation operates identifying and explaining 4 (in total) key opportunities and threats facing the organisation (2 opportunities/2 threats for example).

 PART TWO – Stakeholder Analysis

Based on researching and adopting Mendelow’s stakeholder matrix (evidencing DMU Harvard referencing), you are asked to apply the model to your organisation considering at least 3 key stakeholders. You are asked to cover stakeholders from at least two of the three following categories – internal, connected and external stakeholders.

Consider the relative power/influence and interest of each stakeholder and plot them on the matrix with a justified explanation as to their positioning. Conclude with an overview as to how these stakeholder relationships are managed through for example, effective corporate communications, and any recommendations you may feel appropriate for stakeholder relationship management moving forward, including the avoidance of any potential conflict.

 PART THREE – Job & Skills Review

 You will need to refer to your reflective diary and developmental plan for this section and it should include a discussion of the variety of tasks and training you have done, as well as a reflection on some of those tasks. Give at least two examples of tasks/training that have developed your skills. You could include tasks that went well or ones that went not so well. Aspects of work that could be evaluated for example would include, participating in a meeting, producing a report, analysing data, dealing with clients or managing a project or event.

As part of this reflection, you should discuss which of your assessed skills you have used and developed within those tasks. You can also discuss how your other skills have improved in your placement to this point and reflect on areas you still need to develop. It may also be useful to relate to key theoretical principles that you have learnt on your university programme, to help the reflective process and demonstrate the linkage between your academic studies and practice.

You could include:

  • Tasks undertaken, experiences, reflection of a task that went well, and one that went not so well with an exploration as to why
  • What were the lessons learned and what would you do differently in future?
  • What skills have you used?
  • What skills did you develop and how have you developed?
  • When things didn’t go so well, how you could have improved?
  • How have you progressed your development goals? What skills did this require?
  • What have you learnt about yourself as a result that you will utilise or amend in the coming months?
  • How you have adapted to feedback received whilst at work?


  • The impact of your placement experience for your final year of study choices
  • What key skills have been gained that you can take forward into your final year and your career in the future?
  • What do you feel you can still work on? Any skills gaps you feel that could use further development?
  • Any helpful advice for the organisation as regards supporting future placement students going forward might also be offered (optional).



Presentation Assessment


Student:   Date of Presentation:   
Tutor:  Company: 

 Tutor to complete this report based on the presentation, taking account of the views of those present.

 Note: A Presentation Guidance Sheet is available to assist in assessing the presentation. 

If you require a copy please contact the Placement Team.

 Once completed the tutor should send a copy to

Undergraduate Grade Descriptors for Assessment of De Montfort University Placement Students from the Faculty of Business & Law
Performance is marked in a range of 0-100%.  Mark descriptors are given in the table below.

A mark below 40% indicates a Fail grade (the shaded boxes).

Mark RangeCriteria
90-100%Indicates that no fault can be found with the presentation other than very minor errors, for example typographical, or perhaps failure to satisfy the most challenging and exacting demands of communication including audience engagement. An outstanding standard of presentation for all aspects: use of visual aids and associated equipment, communication skills and appropriate use of time.  Demonstrates excellent understanding of how theory relates to practice and the link between academic skills and the placement experience. Excellent reflection and evaluation of the placement year.
80-89%Indicates a very high level of understanding evidenced by an ability to engage critically and analytically with source material, from both placement organisation and academic business studies. Demonstrates excellent understanding of how theory relates to practice and the link between academic skills and the placement experience. Very good reflection and evaluation of the placement year and a high level of communication skills are evident. Only minor errors or omissions.
70-79%Judged to be very good, yet not outstanding. A well developed presentation showing clear evidence of knowledge of both the placement organisation and academic business studies and the ability to interpret and / or apply that knowledge and integrate it appropriately. High level of communication skills displayed. Very good reflection and evaluation of the placement year. May contain minor errors or omissions.
60-69%Indicates a sound understanding of both the placement organisation and academic business studies and some evidence of integration, but with some failure to express or to apply properly to the subject. Hence the presentation and its content is essentially correct, has some errors or omissions in content or weaknesses in communication and audience engagement, but is not seriously flawed. Demonstrates good evidence of reflection and evaluation of the placement year.
50-59%Indicates a more limited understanding, with significant errors and omissions in content or weaknesses in communication. These problems, however, do not cast doubt on the basic level of understanding of communication and of the placement organisation and academic business studies.
40-49%Indicates questionable understanding of communication techniques or of the placement organisation and academic business studies yet sufficient to show that learning outcomes have been achieved at a rudimentary level.
30-39%Indicates a presentation that shows only weakly developed elements of understanding in all elements. The learning outcomes have been insufficiently realised.
20-29%Very little knowledge has been demonstrated and the presentation shows little coherence of material, argument or communication.
0-19%Only isolated or no knowledge communicated.