We want to make sure you leave us as highly employable graduates with an understanding of the relevance of academic learning in an organisational context.
You are welcome to take part in a placement year in industry if you are a student on any of the following programmes:
- BA Economics and Business Management
- BA Business Management
- BA Marketing and Management
- BSc Marketing
- BSc Economics
- BSc Economics and Finance
- BA Accounting and Finance
- BA International Business Management
Many of our students are offered a graduate job by their placement organisation, taking away the burden of applying for graduate jobs in Stage three.
Companies offering placements
Companies offering placements include:
- Procter & Gamble
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Marks & Spencer
With over 100 students going on placements each year, you are sure to to find something that's just right for you.
Benefits of a placement
A one year placement brings a wealth of benefits, including:
- real life business experience
- practical evidence of achievement
- increased confidence
- commercial acumen and occupational awareness
- networking opportunities
- earning a salary
Connect with us
Connect with us
We offer full support to all students who are interested in doing a placement year as part of their degree between stages two and three.
A monthly e-newsletter sent directly to your inbox. It contains vacancies, details of events, student profiles and advice in searching for placements.
You can come along to meet the placement officer and returning placement students.
CV writing, assessment centres, Psychometric testing – all designed to help you with the application process. These are organised regularly through the careers service.
Career Development Week
We put on a dedicated week of careers related advice and activities at the beginning of Semester One. We host various skills sessions, preparing you for your placement application.
Appointments with the Careers Service
You can arrange to meet with a careers advisor to discuss things such as CVs, cover letters, advice on where to look for placements and mock interviews.
We welcome national and regional employers the opportunity to present to our students their work experience and placement opportunities. This means you get direct access to employers.
Returning placement student presentations
This will be a chance to hear from our stage three students who have completed a placement year. They will also become your Placement Ambassadors.
Employer fairs and skills events
Hundreds of employers linked with the university visit St James’ Park each year to promote their placement and graduate schemes. We also host a placement and work experience fair at the Business School each year.
Connect with us
Nicola Burnip, our Placements Officer will be able to answer any queries you may have:
Call: +44 (0)191 208 1632
Organisations are now looking for employees with a global outlook. If this is you, then you should definitely consider an overseas placement.
A work placement outside of the UK is beneficial in a variety of ways; you will:
- demonstrate you are confident, organised and determined
- develop a global network - an opportunity you may otherwise miss out on
- gain maturity
- experience different cultures, customs and languages
There are many sources of information which will be the key to your global work experience:
Remember, the placement must be relevant to your course and should you find an overseas placement, you must discuss it with our Placements Officer: Nicola Burnip.
Call: +44 (0)191 208 1632
What our students have to say:
"Working abroad in Silicon Valley allowed me to surrounded myself & learn from like-minded people, whilst also gaining experience in how to work in an international team given cultural and societal differences & various management practices. In my opinion, International HRM isn't really something you can learn from a textbook. To experience this first hand teaches you a whole lot more & has been beneficial for my personal development."
Olly, 2015 placement student in California at Nestlé
"I never planned to do a placement year abroad. Having now done so I can say that it has been the most beneficial experience of my life. Learning from experienced individuals in a different country has allowed me to gain real-world knowledge of my industry on a global scale and has given me the confidence to work abroad in the future"
Emilio, 2015 placement student in California at These Quiet Sounds
Read about the experiences of some of our placement students.
Business Operations Intern, Nike UK Ltd
Doing something different to my degree and previous work experience really helped me on seeing other opportunities that are out there.
Henry Cope - Business Management Intern, L'Oréal
Working as part of a great team on placement, I have been exposed to all aspects of commercial sales helping me to decide on my career goal
Boris Junior - Project Management Intern, Cummins
The different projects which I lead helped me develop leadership abilities which I consider crucial in achieving some of my career goals.
Cat Brown - Customer Business Analyst Intern, Intel Corporation
I am a completely different person to who I was in second year! I used to be quite shy and a bit unsure of myself. Now I’m much more confident and outgoing
Jess McGann - Events Intern, Absolute Taste
As my placement year was so people driven, my interpersonal skills improved rapidly. I was thrown into liaising with customers and clients over the phone and in person within my first week.
Jack Hayes - European Human Resources Intern, Enterprise Holding Inc
Being able to take a year out of studying to add some ‘real world’ experience to my CV was a fantastic opportunity that could not be missed.