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.