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.

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Placement student story Jessica
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How we help you find a placement.

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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