Finding a placement

If you are on a sandwich course, you will have the opportunity of completing a placement year. This is an important part of your professional development, where you get to relate your studies to a real work environment. It takes place after your second year of study and usually begins between June and September.

We provide lots of support to students looking for placements. The first step is to talk to your Placement Administrator who will put you in touch with a Placement Representative, a current Placement Student, your Placement Support Officer, Placement Employability Tutor or Employability Advisor, depending on your needs and which faculty you belong to.

You also need to register with the Placement Portal. It provides up-to-date resources and lists placement opportunities, as do the websites RateMyPlacement and Milkround. Research the companies that you are interested in - if you want a placement in your home town you are advised to target the companies you want to work for to see if they have any vacancies which would also qualify as a placement.

The Careers and Employability Centre organise Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fairs, which are a great way to find out more about companies and network with people in your industry. Information about upcoming fairs can be found on Career Hub, and Careers Central also provides some useful tips.

Faculty specific information

Your faculty Placements and Employability Team provides all the support you will need before, during and after your placement year:

  • help with sourcing opportunities
  • help with placement applications (including CV development in conjunction with Employment Advisers)
  • management of the health and safety process
  • the final assessment of the placements

More information can be found on your faculty pages, or via your Faculty Virtual Helpdesk channel on the My SHU tab:

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