Placements provide you with experience of working in a particular job. They are very useful in helping you to gain valuable skills and expertise, and an in-depth understanding of a job. Almost all graduate employers expect you to have experience that is relevant to their organisation.

“Nearly two-thirds of recruiters warn that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes.” High Fliers (2012)

Working on a voluntary basis can also be an excellent way of gaining relevant experience in your chosen career.  In many job sectors voluntary experience is essential in order to gain a graduate job at a later stage. These sectors include: the media and PR; jobs focused on people; the environment and work with museums or archives. Visit volunteering for more information about volunteering opportunities available.

Applying for placements and internships is usually very similar to applying for graduate jobs.

Whilst the Careers Centre does not provide direct help for students seeking placements, the information and resources in this section are an excellent starting point.

Search our resources section for for tips and advice on how to search for a placement, internship or work experience.

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