What are the different rhythms of alternation?

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The rhythm of the work-study program varies according to the training program, the year of study and the training center or school. Most often, it is one week at the training center against two weeks at the company. In alternation, the pace of work is sustained. The hours spent in school and those spent in the workplace average around 35 hours per week.

INSEEC, our business school, offers our students four types of alternating rhythms . A sandwich course can be done as an internship or as a work-study program(apprenticeship contract and professionalization contract).

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How to define the ideal school/workplace alternation rhythm?

A work-study program has great advantages in terms ofemployability. The strength of the work-study program is that it allows students to be trained professionally while being paid. You learn a trade and receive a diploma at the end of the program. It is important to note that this approach is highly appreciated by recruiters, as candidates have solid experience in the professional world at the end of their studies.

A school wishing to hire a work-study student wonders what is the ideal formula in terms of rhythm ? In order to determine the rhythm of the school/enterprisealternation, you should refer to some advice. One of the things you need to know is that it will take some time to adapt to it.

Indeed, you must succeed in integrating both at the training school and in the company. These two worlds are completely different and require a quick acclimatization. The academic side of the school training provides the student with theoretical knowledge. From a passive status at school, the student in the company has to express his ideas and must therefore be proactive. For him, this continuous back and forth could be tiring in addition to making him lose his bearings. Juggling the two phases in the company and at school will require organization and adaptation.

You must be able to anticipate, take notes, use a professional schedule, and schedule reminders. To achieve the goals expected of the student, it is up to the student to find the right attitude. A work-study program requires serious adaptability to cope with the change of world and the imposed rhythm. From one day to the next, you go from being a student to being an employee.

Just know one thing: your school or corporate leaders are there to support you. If you need to, you should not hesitate to ask for their advice and seek them out. You will also be able to have the opinion of alumni of our school which number 180,000 for INSEEC. They will provide you with good recommendations and tips to overcome the challenges that await you.

The different work-study programs at INSEEC

For INSEEC, each field of activity being unique with its own set of constraints, we have set up different alternating rhythms to suit each need. Depending on the sector of activity, all of our schools are responsible for accompanying our students in the development and realization of their professional project. No matter what your professional orientation is, our goal is to develop the employability of our students to the maximum.

The pace of work imposed by a work-study program varies according to the course, the program and the year of study at INSEEC. The work schedules required by a professionalization contract or an apprenticeship contract are strict and require a lot of organization. We do everything in our power to accompany and support our students in the completion of their training. This double curriculum, which is required by the status of a work-study program and the workload that awaits them, is a source of pressure. With maximum management and adaptability, it is easier to juggle corporate and school life.

INSEEC offers students 4 types of alternating school/company programs that can be carried out under different contracts:

  • the 3 days/2 days rhythm (3 days of school and 2 to 3 days in the company per week);
  • the rhythm of 1 week/3 weeks (1 week of training against 3 weeks in the company);
  • The rhythm of 1 week/2 weeks (1 week of training and 2 weeks in the company);
  • the accounting calendar corresponding to the activity and closing periods of the fiscal year for audit and management control training.

Have you made the decision to opt for an alternation? Find all our tips for the CV, the cover letter and the job interview.
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Updated 17 May 2023