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Work experience

Undergraduate placements and work experience

One of the key factors that will make any student stand out to a potential employer is having undertaken some vocationally relevant work experience. Our Placement Advisors are responsible for organising placements for a large number of Undergraduate students studying courses across the School's diverse range of programmes.

Our Placement Advisor guides students into work placements and work experience opportunities by delivering talks within lectures, working on an individual basis, hosting workshops, presentations and events, email and social media, and providing bespoke documentation and information packs.

Most of our degrees have a one-year period of employment built into the structure of the course to allow students to take up a one-year placement, also known as a sandwich year. Typically, this will happen after year two and students will then return to the University to complete their final year. As well as providing students with the opportunity to explore the world of work, a placement also benefits employers by offering them a chance to take on intelligent and enthusiastic young people.

A wide range of organisations participate in the programme, from both public and private sectors, and vary in size from large multinationals to small companies. Some students want the experience of working in a large company, while others prefer to work in a smaller organisation where they can get more involved in all manner of projects and gain broad experience.

There are also opportunities for overseas placements and study abroad.

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