So you might have heard people talk about doing a ‘Year In Industry’ or a ‘Placement Year’ and wonder what it’s all about?
There are 8 departments here at York who have a Year In Industry programme. They are the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Electronic Engineering, Environment and Geography, Mathematics, Politics and The York Management School.
Students in these departments have the option to work for a year as part of their degree. In most instances the placement they do is strongly aligned to their degree programme.
For other Departments, as of last year, there is now the Placement Year programme. Students on this programme, can do a placement in an area that is either related or unrelated to their degree programme.
So it’s now an option for pretty much all York students to work for a year as part of your degree!
What are the benefits?
There are lots of benefits for doing a placement year as part of your degree. Two key ones from talking to employers and previous placement students are:
It provides you with what employers call “CV Gold”. It’s gives you a substantive piece of work experience to add to your CV – you can confidently talk to future employers about your experiences of working in a professional environment, the skills you develop and reflect on the organisational fit, which suits you the most.
It’s also a career taster – you might have a few ideas of where you’d like to work once you graduate – why not find out what you’d prefer now? Alternatively, you might have no idea of where you want to work – why not give something a go now before you graduate? No work experience is bad experience.
What could I do on placement?
You can do a placement in the UK or overseas. It’s down to you to find the placement that’s right for you and we will support you through the process.
There are a variety of advertised roles with a range of organisations – Finance, Marketing, Advertising, Market Research, Analysis, HR, Technical, Corporate Social Responsibility
It can be quite overwhelming to know where to start. Top tips to get started:
1) Take a look at current placement student stories on the Placement Year Padlet
2) Have a look at the reviews on Ratemyplacement – these are anonymous reviews by placement students
3) Refer to the guides on Prospects, to get an understanding of the different types of job roles and typical destinations for your degree area
If the advertised roles don’t interest you, why not contact organisations you are interested in working for directly? This is the ‘hidden market’. The world is your oyster so don’t delay in getting started with your search.
Registration for the Placement Year programme is now open for 2nd year students. If you are looking to pursue this option, register now and benefit from the support available to you.
Blog written by Lucy Brookes, Placement Co-ordinator, Careers and Placements