The advantages of doing a placement are endless! By gaining professional experience within a company you’ll develop crucial skills that employers look for in their recruits and have the opportunity to put the theory you are learning in your degree into practice. It will also be extremely helpful to you in your career decision making process, as you’ll be given responsibility within an organisation and will finish the placement with a much clearer idea of what you do and don’t want from a career. You’ll be able to network, meet people in the industry and potentially secure a job offer for when you graduate. By doing a placement, you’ll be really making your applications stand out against other graduates when it comes to securing your first graduate role.
To get the best placements it’s a good idea to make the most of your first year – get involved in extracurricular activities on campus, volunteering, do a part time job, and find out about insight days that many companies offer to first years. A great way to showcase your skills is by getting involved in the Global Talent Programme – this looks great on your CV and will be a talking point at interviews.
Many employers recruit BU students into placements and advertise their vacancies on our jobs vacancy database MyCareerHub. 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. We can offer advice about how best to make contact and what steps to take next. Find out more about placements on the FAQs page.
Placement Coordinators in your faculty will support you through the whole process. There are also placement Facebook buddy pages in each of our faculties where you can connect with students who are currently on placement and can give you tips and information about their placement - find out more from your Faculty Placement Coordinators.
Each October, we host our Annual Careers Fair hosted by approximately 70-80 employers. This is a great chance for you to talk to employers about placement opportunities and graduate jobs. You can find out more about different companies and start building your network of contacts with employers in your field of interest.
Health and 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.