Guest blog written by Jessica Murray, Content Creator at Debut
Thinking about applying for a placement year? Wise decision, my friend. A placement year is a sure fire way to build your network, develop some valuable skills and graduate from university with experience that will make you super employable.
But while that’s all well and good, it’s the application that’s the tricky part, right? There’s no denying that some placement roles can be competitive, but don’t let that put you off.
We’ve got loads of top tips for applying (as well as loads of placement year opportunities up for grabs on our app), so why not make 2018 the year you step outside your comfort zone and bag your dream opportunity?
Focusing in on your placement year search, the application process and decisions based around getting a placement alongside your studies can raise lots of questions. We have advice from another student who has been where you are now and has completed her placement year and returned for her final year of study.
Lucy, Management Student, Digital Marketing Placement at Warner Bros.
I knew I wanted to do Digital Marketing, I have my own blog and was really passionate about getting a placement to help me stand out in the graduate market when applying for digital marketing roles in the future. I was really passionate about going into a field I was interested in so used that to narrow my search. I applied to 5 placements, but with my first application I was rejected. I ended up getting an offer from both L’Oreal and Warner Bros. and had to decide which company was the best fit for me. I chose Warner Bros. because the placement was a broader role within Digital Marketing which is what I wanted.
Careers blog written by Nicola Clemmit, Placement Coordinator, Careers and Placements
New this year, all York undergraduate students can pursue a Placement Year through a Placement Year programme managed by Careers and Placements. This means all York students can access more roles, opportunities and substantive work experience routes in your university years which will strengthen your professional brand and offering, and therefore support your professional career after graduation.
What’s in it for you?
There are many benefits to completing a placement year. Most placement year students gain a significant confidence boost during their placement year and return to University more focused, confident and assertive which can reflect in their final year grade.