International placements help students' global careers outlook

The growing number of international placements for De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students offers another key strand in developing their global careers outlook.

More than a third of the 52 year-long work experience opportunities arranged by the placement team in the university’s faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities (ADH) for the 2017-18 year are now overseas.

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“It’s exciting,” said placement officer Sam Dalby. “A student who goes on an international placement can really elevate themselves in terms of their future career potential.”

Many of the overseas placements handled for the faculty involve students from DMU’s world-renowned fashion and textiles courses working in the Netherlands at major brands O’Neill, G-Star Raw, Hunkemoller and Calvin Klein.

Next year will also see three students going on placements to China – two from the Contour Fashion course with clothing brand Crystal Martin and a Drama student in a teaching role at the Malvern International College.

Molly Edgecombe, 20, from Penzance, will spend 10 months as an assistant designer for Crystal Martin in China. The company supply global lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret.

She said: “I am very lucky to be experiencing this placement before I graduate.

“I believe this placement will be a real eye-opener into the workings of the lingerie industry, pushing my career prospects closer to my dreams. As well as enhancing my career, this placement will really help with my third-year studies when I return.”

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Luxury denim brand G-Star Raw in Amsterdam has given product development intern roles to Emelita Pauraite, studying Fashion Buying with Marketing and Paige Manning, a Contour Fashion student.

Paige, 20, from Leeds, said: “I'm looking forward to living and working within a different country so I can challenge my comfort zone, learn about another culture, and meet new people.”

Emelita, 20, from Lithuania, added: “In my opinion this placement is an opportunity to see how business works with my own eyes and being a part of it. Work also will help in my future: it’s easier to decide what I really want to do in the industry after I have finished studying. Furthermore, experience always helps to find job you love.”

It is a similar story for the university’s other faculties, who are also handling a growing interest from international companies to take DMU students on sandwich year placements.

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017

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