My placement thoroughly prepared me for graduation and focused my career aspirations. The placement year, and the outstanding support from the Placement Office, has given me a significant competitive advantage over other students competing for the same jobs." Matt Burton, Fujitsu Services
You can gain real experience with graduate level responsibility
You will be able to try out a career path, including one outside of your degree specialism
You will significantly improve your graduate employment prospects
You have the opportunity to earn a salary
You have the opportunity to work abroad, complete a study exchange programme or a combination of both.
Aston Business School has one of the largest placement programmes in the UK with nearly 600 students on placement each year. We have been managing work placement and internships for over 30 years throughout the UK, Europe and beyond and have a very active Placement Office team dedicated to helping students find a work or a study placement.
Many organisations are now selecting only a small number of universities to advertise their work placement opportunities with and Aston is a priority university. Organisations actively seek Aston Business School students as they are well prepared for their placement year. The practical nature of the modules in the first and second years mean students have worked with case studies, group projects and have taken part in a simulated business game. This means that they can really hit the ground running in their placement organisation.
We have built up relationships with over 1500 organisations and each year we advertise around 2000 opportunities to students on Aston Futures, the online portal run by Careers+Placements. You can search Aston Futures by type of job, location or organisation and each advert is linked to the organisation website.
Placements are available in all areas of business; here are just a few examples of recent placement jobs:
View a list of example companies
The average salary for placements in the UK is £14,000 nationwide. Overseas salaries vary depending on the country. Some organisations pay very high salaries whilst some public sector placements such as local councils and health authorities pay lower salaries. Students may also choose to work in the voluntary or charity sector too, on an unpaid basis. Tuition fees are £1,250 for this year, but you may qualify for scholarship help.
International students are able to draw a salary during their placement year.
In addition to the financial benefits, the year also provides valuable international work experience which can be a big selling point when students return home to seek employment. A number of students have found placements in recent years and many companies particularly value the language skills offered by international students.
The Placements Team are on hand to offer support in the form of presentations, workshops and one to one appointments available to all students via Aston Futures.
Placements are available throughout the UK and some are based in overseas locations (English is the working language). Recently students have worked in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Latvia, China, USA, Singapore, Dubai, India and Chile. Students are also able to take part in a wide range of study exchange programs.
Students who are studying either International Business and Management or International Business and Modern Languages are required to take their placement overseas. However any student can choose to go abroad. The options for the placement year include an international study exchange, a work placement overseas, or a combination of both. To find out more about work and study placements abroad please go to our international pages.
Many students have found that taking a placement for a year can greatly enhance their confidence, time management, report writing and communication skills. Consequently, Aston Business School students often do much better in their final year of study and we have a very high level of 2:1 degree results!
Furthermore, approximately 30% of organisations offer their placement students a job on graduation. Having secured a job, students can concentrate on their studies in the final year without the worry of job hunting. Visit our placement hub pages to find out more about your options.