- Taking a professional placement year
- Supporting you to find a placement
- Benefits of a placement year
- How to find a placement
- Placements our students have secured
“The placements and careers team provided me with invaluable support in my placement search including practice interview sessions, CV workshops and guiding & mentoring through my placement search. It boosted my confidence and I learnt a lot of new tips for interviews. So far my placement has been challenging but very interesting. I’ve enjoyed working on various tasks, networking with colleagues and participating in company events. I'm looking forward to the many doors this internship opportunity will open.”
Samia Qureshi, BSc Marketing
Placement at HP UK&I
"I would most definitely recommend a placement year. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to invest in themselves, learn from others, network and maybe even find a mentor for the future. A placement also opens so many doors for other possible careers. For example, I am really keen on a career in HR, however after working in other areas of a company throughout my placement, I will now return to IBM as a technology consultant (another major plus when doing a placement – companies will favor you for graduate roles over external applicants)."
Rafa Pimenta, BSc Human Resource Management
Placement at IBM
A placement year is an excellent opportunity to boost your employability. It gives you the opportunity to experience working in an industry you’re interested in and gain real-life workplace skills to help you succeed after graduation.
All our undergraduate programmes offer you the option of a professional placement year which you take between years two and three of your degree. Alongside the valuable skills and experience you’ll develop professionally, if you complete a placement year it’ll be stated on your degree transcript.
Placements tend to be 11-13 months long. Once you’ve completed your placement year you then return to University to finish your final year of study.
While securing a placement is your responsibility, we’re here to support and guide you through every step to help you achieve your ambitions.
There’s a whole team of people here at Roehampton to help you in your search.
We also work closely with hundreds of employers, and industry and professional bodies who tell us the key skills they are looking for from students and graduates so we can help you develop them.
A placement year is an amazing chance for you to get ahead in your career before finishing university.
Remember, we’re here to support you as a Roehampton student in your search for a placement.
There is also a wealth of online resources available to help you, and you can also search individual company websites for opportunities. You can browse some of the following sites to get an idea of what roles are available:
Like applying for any job, you should apply for many different roles to ensure you secure a placement.
Our students have been successful in gaining placements at major corporate organisations.
This includes IBM, HP and SAP, among others.
Our careers team can help you with a whole host of other work opportunities as a Roehampton student and as a graduate.
While a placement year offers you the opportunity of long-term, structured experience in the workplace, internships and work experience can be a great way to get short periods of experience outside of your degree.
Our careers team can help you in a number of ways:
The Roehampton Internship scheme offers paid internships locally and across London, giving our students and graduates the opportunity to complete paid work experience to enhance their CV.
At Roehampton you’ll find a huge amount of opportunity to get involved and have your voice heard. You can:
We can also help you secure volunteering experience both on and off-campus. Not only does this give you the opportunity to give something back to the community, it is an excellent change to develop new skills and add specific experience to your CV to help you in your career after graduation.
If you’d like to find out more about our placements and careers services and how we can help you in your career if you join Roehampton, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org