Getting a placement

Getting a placement

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.  

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 students on other courses, 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. 


Average salary of a 12 month placement

Rate My Placement, 2017

Why do a placement?

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 12 month placement (£21,278 in London), with some salaries exceeding £20,000. 

Shorter term placements 

If you’re considering a shorter placement or you don’t have a 12 month sandwich option as part of your course, there are still great opportunities out there where you can build quality work experience. We can help you to explore your options and find out what type of placement could be a good fit for you.   

*2017 Placement salary average, source: Rate My Placement

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Get in touch

If you would like more information about doing a placement, guidance on how to find one, application and CV support, then get in touch.  

Who to contact if...

  1. I study a Health & Social Care subject

  2. I study in the Carnegie School of Education

  3. I study a course usually based at City Campus

    For courses such as Business, Law, Built Environments, Fashion, Fashion Marketing, Product Design, Cultural Studies and Humanities:

  4. I study a course usually based at Headingley Campus

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