There are a few reasons why I chose to opt for a placement year as part of my degree. Firstly, I am not at all sure about which career path I would like to follow. A year’s worth of experience will give me exposure to some career options which will (hopefully!) give me a better idea about what I want to do! Another reason is that considering how competitive obtaining a graduate career is, it is important to gain as much experience as possible to give yourself an edge over other candidates. A placement year cannot only achieve this, but can in some cases, lead to being fast tracked through to interview at the company at which you complete your placement. Additionally, it gives the opportunity to take a break from studying and earn a bit of money.

So, the search. I began mine by visiting the career’s zone. There is a vast range of materials available to take away which provide extensive lists of the top graduate employers, from a variety of sectors. I used these resources to create a ‘short’ list (which was more of a long list). I then used this list to go and research further. There are so many websites now for people searching for placements. Rate My Placement is really good for sending bi-weekly e-mails with the latest placements; which not only lets you know what’s out there, but it reminds you to apply!

I have applied for one placement so far at Jaguar Land Rover, for a Purchasing role. Keeping my fingers crossed!
While it is early days, I have two key pieces of advice. First of all, from day one at University, start thinking about your CV. Unfortunately a degree is not enough any more. There are lots of things you can do: join societies, get a part time job, become an SSLC, volunteer… this list goes on. This will really help you when it comes to applications!

Secondly, don’t panic! Take your time to research and know what it is you want to apply for, even if, like me, you don’t know what you want to do forever.

I hope that by writing this blog I can at the very least give one reader one useful piece of advice. Thank you for reading!