All undergraduate Business and Law students have the opportunity to take a paid placement year in industry following completion of their second year.
Placements are full time jobs and are available in a wide variety of sectors include private, public and not-for profit. Over 90% of employers will pay between £12,000 and £26,000. The average for placements is around £14,000 outside of London.
Why you should do a placement?
- Gain invaluable work experience and develop key transferable skills such as time management, problem solving and analytical skills which will enhance your CV
- Discover a profession which matches your passion and gain a better understanding into which career path you would like to pursue
- Make new contacts and learn how to network, which will increase your chances of securing a graduate job. If you perform well, your placement employers may consider employing you after graduating
- Students who take a placement year are statistically more likely to achieve higher grades in their final academic year, due to their ability to combine academic theory with practical knowledge
- Completing a placement year may increase your chances of starting on a higher graduate salary due to your experience
- Gain experience in job searching, interviews and aptitude tests, all of which are vital in graduate-level recruitment
- Learn how organisations operate and how to work with colleagues at different levels
Support – placement service
There is plenty of support available throughout the placement year. Business and Law has a specialist Placement Team who will help you apply for placements and will stay in touch throughout the placement year. Book 1-2-1 appointments – The Placement Team know which type of candidates employers are looking for, so book a 1-2-1 appointment and use the time to ask us your questions about placements, your CV, interviews and more.
- Search for jobs on My Gateway – We advertise over 1000 vacancies every academicyear , so there are plenty of opportunities for all students to secure a placement mygateway.dmu.ac.uk
- Employer presentations, training and workshops – We run frequent group events to coach and prepare you for placements. You will have the opportunity to hone your applications, meet employers and get advice from previous placement students
- Mock interviews – We willwill stage mock interviews with you, tailored to the company you’re applying to, so you can go into an interview confident and fully prepared.
- Practice aptitude tests – Employers are likely to use psychometric or numerical test to make sure they are selecting the right candidate. We can provide you with sample tests so you can prepare in advance.
- Ongoing support – You will be assigned a placement tutor who will support you with your personal and academic development during your time in industry. You can seek guidance from the Placement Team or your tutor if you have any problems during your placement. Upon completing your placement, you have the opportunity to become a mentor to second year students who are seeking a placement.
Placements - key facts
- Placements provide specific industry experience that is relevant to your degree course
- As part of your placement you will carry out assessed academic work reflecting on your placement learning, leading to a Placement Certificate and recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report, or contributing to degree classification
- You will have a Placement Tutor who will usually visit you during the placement
- Most sandwich year placements begin between June and September, depending on the employer, and run for 12 months
- Undergraduate sandwich placements take place following completion of the second year
- You will be offered a programme of support to apply for placements. This service is offered by the Placement Team in every Faculty. It is the student’s responsibility to engage with this support, to actively apply for placements and attend employer interviews when invited
- Employers advertise and recruit for placements up to one year in advance
- All placements are subject to approval by the University
- The current sandwich year fee is £650 (Home/EU) and £750 (Overseas). Home/EU students may be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loan support from Student Finance England (or relevant body).
- Students may have to pay the cost of travel to interviews for optional placements. The University offers eligible students an Interview Travel Bursary to help offset these costs
- Students will need to pay the living costs of their placement year, including travel and accommodation
- Students with a Tier 4 visa will need to extend their visa to include a sandwich year and pay any associated costs. Students should seek early advice from DSU Welfare on the processes involved. The application for extension can only be made once a confirmed placement offer has been received in writing from an employer. Students may be required to return to their home country to apply for the visa extension, dependent on UKVI policy. Having a placement offer from an employer does not guarantee the visa extension will be approved by UKVI.
Marketing Management BA (Hons)
Marketing Communications Assistant - Volkswagen Group UK
The Placement Team helped me with everything from getting my CV to a professional standard to staging mock interviews with me, so I felt thoroughly prepared for my interview with VW.
My placement year is allowing me to apply what I’ve learnt in lectures to a real working environment. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my placement is working alongside a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
I would highly recommend undertaking a placement. The skills I am developing and experience I am gaining during my time in industry is making me well-rounded candidate for employers.
International Business and Globalisation
Marketing Communications - National Instruments
I chose DMU because it was the only university in the UK which offered an honours degree in International Business and Globalisation.
With the help of the Placement Team, I secured a placement with National Instruments. Working at a global organisation gave me invaluable work experience and has enhanced my CV significantly.
I would highly recommend studying at Leicester Business School. The theory I studied on my course and the practical experience I have gained on my placement year has transformed me into accomplished candidate for employers
Contact the Placement Team for further information:
T: 0116 207 8240