I found Reuben Wakeman’s letter (DW 13 November) a real eye-opener and realised that we have simply lost sight of why people want a placement in the first place.
It’s too long since we were in that position and we have this idea that a placement has to be filled with exciting real work. We simply don’t have the time to dedicate to mentoring students on live project work more than twice a year.
Wakeman’s letter is a wake-up call and a reminder that what students want is experience in a design studio and that our perception of a student’s expectations has become distant from the reality
Next time a request arrives I will be wiser to what students need, rather than what I think they need.
Hove BN3 1AL