Guaranteed work experience
Guaranteed work experience
What is it?
Graduates who've secured relevant work experience alongside their study are more likely to get the job they want. That's why we guarantee the opportunity of work experience for all new undergraduate students.note
For undergraduate students commencing 2016 onwards, restrictions apply to overseas students on Tier 4 visas. Tier 4 students are expected to seek advice from the International Student Support team before making any arrangements: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills.
Our commitment aims to give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience, so that by the time you graduate, you're already standing out from the crowd. Terms apply.
Types of work experience typically include:
- Professional placement
- Sandwich placement
- Paid internship
- Short or Serial placement
- Voluntary work
- Job shadowing
Professional placements (or "industrial work placements") are usually mandatory and tied into the course structure. Nursing and PGCE teacher training are examples of professional placements in which students receive direct experience of their future career as part of their course.
A sandwich placement is a work experience opportunity which forms part of the University degree programme and is usually the third year, of a four year course. It adds to your experience and is an integral part of the course itself.
An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer, to work at a firm for a fixed period of time (this could be paid or unpaid). Interns are usually undergraduates or recent graduates and most internships last between a week and four months.
Short or Serial placement
Placements give students professional development whilst studying at the same time. A short placement is work experience for a fixed period of time and a serial placement is work experience on a regular, on-going basis.
Volunteering is working without payment or reward and is usually done for a good cause or charity. Volunteering can be done as a one-off experience, such as supporting an event or on a regular basis.
Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job in the work place as a shadow to another worker. A student may shadow employees in various positions/functions to appreciate and get a better idea about what it takes to build a career in their given sector. It offers the experience of the future career, without doing the job itself.
Benefits of work experience
Where could work experience take you?
James Bruce, BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology
James got hands-on work experience with Slidesports Race Engineering - specialists with over 20 years of expertise in competing and winning at World level.
James is now a technician in the vehicle development department at McLaren Automotive.
"I think being part of a race team and getting a degree at the same time put me in better stead than just getting a degree. It takes both parts to be employable."