NBC Universal, Gap Inc, L'Oreal and Rolls-Royce among companies seeking placement students


Whether you dream of working at DreamWorks or are hoping for Hobbs, around 300 sandwich year opportunities are live on De Montfort University (DMU) Leicester's MyGateway.

Many big-name companies are seeking students for placement roles in locations ranging from Leicester and London in the UK to Munich and Barcelona in Europe.

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Nikki Allen with tennis ace Andy Murray at the ATP Tennis finals

Second years from all four faculties are encouraged to log on and apply, with previous placement students crediting their industry experience with increasing their knowledge, boosting their skillset and fast-tracking their career.

Nikki Allen believes her industry experience helped her land her "ideal" graduate job with Coventry Building Society.

"I spotted the placement role on MyGateway, which gave me the opportunity to see the job description and apply quickly to make sure that I met the deadline," she said.

Working as a marketing specialist placement student at FedEx Express, Nuneaton, Nikki's highlight was designing and developing a hospitality suite for the ATP Tennis finals in London.

"The role was incredible and included some of the best experiences I have had. It also gave me the confidence to believe in myself," added Nikki, who graduated in Business and Marketing in 2017.

DMU's range of work experiences saw the university selected as one of the top five placement services in the UK at the most recent National Undergraduate Employability Awards.

A new employability initiative, #DMUworks, is set to build on this success.


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Adele Browne, head of Careers and Employability, said: "Our ambitious programme will combine the existing work done across the university for employability and introduce even more opportunities for students and employers to work together.

"It will help ensure our students are work-ready in an increasingly competitive and global jobs market."

She is urging students to check out the roles available, as many DMU students are placed between now and September.

Business Information Systems graduate Kavish Unadkat saw his industry year as a chance to try new things.

"I think my placement as an IT technician with Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, helped me well, especially in terms of knowing what to expect when working in the real world," said Kavish, who now works in IT operations for the Dunelm Group.

"The experiences I gained are priceless."

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Mandisa Mangwendeza at MSD

Medical Science student Mandisa Mangwendeza's motivation was to help her find out what career to pursue.

"The experience was eye-opening," said Mandisa, who spent 12 months with global healthcare leader MSD.

"I now have a real-world application of the theory taught on the course and can see how it translates to real medicine that makes such a difference to patients."

The role of show co-ordinator with independent buying group AIS appealed to Fashion Buying with Marketing student Kathryn Westrep as an experience that would be hard to come by again.

"I gained a lot of support from the placement services provided at the university leading up to the placement," said Kathryn, who organised trade shows ranging from womenswear to footwear, lingerie to accessories.

"I have developed new skills in prioritising work, organising and planning tasks, communicating and improved my time-keeping.

"Having senior buyers and fashion directors tell me that I'm doing a great job is a good feeling… giving me so much more confidence.

"I am now a lot more prepared for the fast-paced industry I want to work in."

Posted on Wednesday 30th May 2018

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