We understand that in today's competitive jobs market, increasing numbers of employers expect new graduates to have substantial experience of the workplace.
Completing a placement is an excellent way to put what you have learned on your course into practice and develop new skills relevant to your future career.
Get ahead when applying for jobs
The work experience you will get whilst on placement can prove to be a significant advantage when seeking full-time employment - indeed, many of our students end up returning to the company where they undertook their placements as permanent employees after they graduate.
How a placement works
You may be required to undertake a placement as part of your course or can choose to go out on placement voluntarily during your time at the University. These placements tend to be shorter and will compliment your curriculum so that you can balance studying and getting the experience you need.
For any placement you will be fully supported by your tutors and the Careers+ Team through lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one guidance.
You will be supported with:
- How and where to find a placement
- What placement options are suitable for you
- CVs, applications and interview preparation
Employability teams in your school
Our Employability Teams are available to help you find internships and placements to improve your employability when you complete your degree. Each school has an employability team, ensuring your placement will be relevant to your course.The employability team:
Liaise and work with local and national employers to source and promote opportunities.
Provide 1:1 support to students, which includes CV and application advice, running mock interviews and advising on assessment centres and psychometric tests.
Run group sessions for students and organise sessions with employers on campus.
Placements as part of your course
Some courses, like education and health related courses feature mandatory placements in the course. These placements are already set up and are allocated to you based on ease of travel and individual requirements.
If you're doing a sandwich year, the Employability Team will work with you to help you get a placement for your placement year and some schools will even provide a Job Match service you get you on the career ladder. If you have found a particular opportunity yourself or have a particular business in mind the Employability Team will assist you in your application.
If you're on a course that doesn't have the option of a sandwich year then the majority of these courses will include work experience modules, allowing you time off your studies to work in industry.