Professional placement year

Placement year

75% of Aston students take on graduate level job while studying, making them better prepared for industry and the professions. Our dedicated Careers + Placements team will help you secure a placement in your second year at Aston. Taking on an integrated placement year will give you:

Average 16K on placement
Graduate with one year's experience
Develop workplace skills
Make connections

Michael was a Primary Process Engineer for GlaxoSmithKline

"On placement you are learning practically and learn a lot of stuff that you don't get at Uni... Being at work daily has given me a work routine and pattern."

Scott is a Procurement Manager for Unilever

"The placement experiance gave me such a head start when I got into the work place. It's a year you can make mistakes, learn and develop, so when you come into a full time role, you have the experience."

A professional placement year with real employers - not a fortnight by the photocopier.


No two placements are alike, but at the very least you can expect to make strong connections in your sector, build your professional profile and develop skills that give you an advantage in the graduate job market.

Jessica - Production Planning

BSc Product Design & Management student, Jessica worked for Coca-Cola. On placement, she worked in several departments and identified her strengths, weaknesses and passions. Starting out quite shy, she quickly built her confidence, and by the end of her placement, was calling meetings and leading on projects. Coke offered her a permanent position, but she opted to finish her degree before returning to the company after graduation.

Robert - Operations Shift Manager

BEng Chemical Engineering student, Robert, was pleased with the wide variety of experience available on placement. He worked for British Sugar, the largest sugar producer in the UK, in its operations team. He played a pivotal role in taking a new product, Activated Carbon, to market, where he attended board meetings and developed skills in writing contracts, interpersonal relations and project management. After graduation, British Sugar recruited him as a full time Operations Shift Manager.

Lucy - Trainee Therapist

BSc Psychology student, Lucy, had always wanted to go Australia - so she did. For her placement abroad, she worked as a Trainee Therapist for a private psychological practice. She had her own clients, which was an enormous responsibility, but one that she found rewarding and character building. Even though she was thousands of miles away from home, her personal placements advisor kept in touch - "he was very friendly... I felt like I was only down the road from Aston, only it was much hotter!" Lucy's placement experience has stayed with her -  "If I can work that far away from home, I can do anything... The experience has helped me grow up a lot."

Hundreds on Aston students complete a placement each year. If you have a vision for where you want to work, chances are that our Placements Team can help you make it happen.

Placement student story Jessica
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How we help you make this happen.

Best university Placement Service

Each year, Aston's Careers + Placements team arrange over 200 visits from employers on campus. This means that you have access to the biggest brands on your doorstep.

From year 1, we'll show you how to gain a competitive commercial advantage and thrive in tough commercial environments.

Meet one-on-one with our consultants for:

careers planning / advice on completing application forms / CV feedback and cover letter writing / employability workshops / employer presentations / careers fairs.

Having worked with local and international employers for 50 years, Aston students and graduates are recognised as a sound choice in a competitive market.

Aston has consistently provided confident, commercially aware and enthusiastic placement students.
Alexandra Sinton, Logica CGI

Interested? We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are interested in learning more about a Professional Placement Year at Aston, or hearing from students on placement, get in touch. We can share the latest placement stories and give you advise on getting ahead in career planning.

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