There are numerous reasons why our students benefit from a placement year. You will:
- Gain invaluable industry experience, helping you to differentiate yourself from other graduates
- Have better career prospects on graduation
- Potentially gain a better degree result in your final year, by increasing your subject knowledge whilst on placement
- Gain new knowledge and the opportunity to develop transferable skills
- Put the theory from your degree into practice
- Increase your understanding of the subject by using it in a real work environment
- Potentially secure a graduate position as a result of your placement
- Gain a clearer idea about your preferred career direction.
Placement choices reflect the wide range of career options open to graduates and can be taken in both private and public sector organisations, as well as in academic and research institutions.
The Life and Health Sciences Placement Team
are here to support all students in finding a suitable position within an industry relevant to your course.
We encourage all students to take the pre-placement module in their second year. In this module, you will have the opportunity to identify and assess your own knowledge, skills, aptitudes and interests and gain contextual knowledge of the businesses and organisations in which you may be working.
With the help and guidance of the Careers Centre
you will be able to create a CV and covering letter and practice your interview technique. You’ll also be able to meet prospective placement providers and share experiences with previous placement students. Finally, you’ll use reflective practice to prepare your own Personal Development Plan.
You are expected to find and apply for your own placement, although the pre-placement module will provide you with the support, skills and advice you will need to make a relevant and successful choice. Some placement providers advertise their opportunities on our Blackboard Site (the University's virtual working environment).