Work Placements for Students

A work placement offers you the chance to gain valuable experience spending time working for an employer and carrying out duties or tasks as any other employee of the company would.

We understand that work placements are an important part of developing experience in a desired field or developing your skills and experience.

Some schools or college work placements can last anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Other placements involve working one day a week over a longer period of time. Work placements are normally arranged through your school or college so check with the correct department first before you arrange your own placement.

On some university courses, work placements are compulsory in order to get your degree, while on others you can opt to do a placement as one of your modules. If this is the case you may find that the organisation is simply allocated to you. On some degree courses you will need to spend a year in the industry. This is often referred to as a 'sandwich placement', as they're built into your course, usually taking place between your second and final year at university.

If this isn't the case then you can arrange your own placement. Your first port of call should be your local careers service as they will have a huge database of employer and alumni contacts. Careers advisers will also be on hand to help. Take advantage of work experience fairs to make contact with employers and search for suitable placements online. You can also target employers speculatively to find and arrange work placements.