In today's competitive jobs market, having a degree is no longer enough to make you stand out from the crowd. Employers look for graduates who can hit the ground running and integrate into their organisation quickly and smoothly – going on a work placement while at university help you do that.
However, including a placement in your degree isn't only about the experience you gain while working: it's also about gaining knowledge of writing your CV and covering letters, going for interviews and searching for the right role for you. We have a comprehensive list of placement opportunities on our MyCareerHub and our advisers are available to help you with your search for the perfect placement.
Each November, we host our Graduate & Placements Fair at which there are dozens of employer exhibits showing information about placement opportunities and graduate jobs – and giving you the chance to network with companies in your field.
This isn't the only way to find a work placement though. You are encouraged to look for opportunities on your own and if you find a company you'd like to work for it's worth approaching them to find out about the possibility of a work placement. If you go down this route, we can offer advice about how best to make contact and what steps to take next. Find out more about placements on the FAQ page.
Within each faculty there are specialist placement advisers too, so you can always make use of their expertise. You can find the locations of the Placement Offices on MyCareerHub.
Health & Social Science students
If you are on a Health & Social Care course that involves mandatory placements, these will typically be arranged for you to ensure you gain all the experience required for your qualification. Details of the kind of placements you will go on during your degree are listed on each individual course page – and there is further information about placements in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences section.