A work placement is an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable experience of the world of work which, in turn, makes you much more employable after graduating.
A placement helps you to develop your existing skills, as well as learning valuable new ones and can help you to decide what kind of career you want to pursue once you have graduated.
Students returning from placement generally have a fantastic experience, returning to university much more confident and having had excellent opportunities during their placement.
Our Placement teams have a wealth of experience in supporting undergraduate students with work placements and have developed excellent links with companies that are keen to recruit our students. We can help you develop your CV, provide advice on interview techniques, assessment centre hints and tips and much more, as well as one to one appointments to help you find a placement. Our Student and Graduate Futures team have a vast range of useful resources and have a team of experienced staff, dedicated to helping students become more employable.
For students in Health & Social Care and Education, placements are often a compulsory part of your course and your dedicated placement teams will allocate your placements for you. For more information, including details of how to contact your placement team, please select the relevant link below.
For students on courses other than those in Health & Social Care and Education, whilst a placement is not necessarily a compulsory part of your studies, many courses have the option for a year-long sandwich placement or other forms of work-based learning opportunities.
Where possible, we would strongly encourage you to undertake a placement, or some form of work-based learning during your time at university. Doing a placement will give you a clear advantage over the competition when you come to apply for graduate roles. Indeed, research indicates that graduates who have undertaken a placement are twice as likely to secure a graduate job than those without any work-based experience.
Additionally, a work placement can often lead to an offer of employment at the same company, meaning a guaranteed job after graduating and, in some cases, the opportunity to work for the company on a part-time basis, whilst you complete your studies.
You will also have the opportunity to build your experience and confidence, learn and develop new skills, gain new contacts and form new friendships, all whilst earning an average salary of £17,574* per year on placement (£21,278 in London), with some salaries exceeding £20,000.
If you would like more information about doing a placement, guidance on how to find one, application and CV help or to discuss any other queries with our placement teams, please contact the teams as follows:
City Placements Team (Business, Law, Built Environments, Art, Architecture and Design, Cultural Studies and Humanities, Social Sciences, Biomedical Sciences)
Email: email@example.com; Tel: 0113 812 7510
Headingley Placements Team (Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Sports, Music, Technology and Entertainment, Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 0113 812 6718
*2017 Placement salary average, source: Rate My Placement