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With Employment Experience

With Employment Experience

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience’ programme offers you the opportunity to spend your third year carrying out a professional-level work placement in the UK or abroad as part of your degree.

Undertaking a work placement during your degree unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. A work placement will dramatically boost your confidence, enhance your CV and develop graduate-level skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

Your placement will give you a proven employment track record and extra confidence when you set out to find your first graduate job. Many graduate employers now use placements as a pathway to permanent roles, so you may even get a graduate job offer from your placement provider.

A placement year is a learning opportunity that allows you to discover what it is like to work in a particular job, company and sector before entering the graduate job market.  Whether or not you know what career you want to pursue after graduation, a placement year is an ideal opportunity for you to discover, through first-hand experience, your preferences relating to many aspects of work and will enable you to make a more informed decision about your future career.

Living and working in a different country is an exciting experience that can broaden your cultural and professional horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your network. By completing a professional-level work placement abroad you can demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness and, depending on where you stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language.

I am now returning to University feeling more confident in my abilities, and crucially, more informed about what I want to do after graduation. The network that I have built this year will be invaluable as I search for graduate roles and this truly is something you can only achieve by undertaking a placement!

Hatty Gittins, GlaxoSmithKline

BA History with Employment Experience