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As part of your degree, you will develop the skills to enhance your career prospects. During your time studying with us, there is the opportunity to undertake a year in industry, summer placement or internship.
Our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
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Undertaking a year in industry gives you the chance to explore your career area of interest, build professional skills and ease the transition into working life.
Previous students have secured year in industry roles with the following companies:
My placement at AIRBUS in the Flight Physics Department gave me real world experience in my field and network opportunities within a global and well recognised company. I grasped opportunities to work in other AIRBUS sites internationally, by working in Toulouse and at the Paris Air Show. This enabled wider networking opportunities and broadened my understanding of the manufacturing process within a large engineering company.
I would highly recommend taking a placement – the year was valuable in showing me where in industry my interests lay. A first taste of professional work life was useful when returning as a student too. I gained transferable skills including management, organisation of projects and presentation skills which could be applied in my studies as well as providing examples in graduate applications.
I secured a placement with Proctor and Gamble (P&G), where I worked on improving their production equipment.
The services provided by the placement team really helped. Every time I applied for a placement role, I could have my CV checked to get the very most out of each opportunity. I also went to the mock assessment centres and interviews that really helped in preparation for interviews.
During my placement year at Ford Motor Company, I was in the Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle team. My role was to focus on the instrumentation of the vehicles, the energy management of them as well as collecting data to drive efficiency.
The careers team offer 1-1 sessions to look at CVs and cover letters, practice interviews and mock assessment centres. This was a great help in securing my placement and highlighting my experience there on my CV for future job opportunities
I completed a placement year at Infiniti Red Bull Racing. My placement was involved with the the electronics team, I perfored a variety of diagnostics tests and learning more about the Infiniti design and development process.
All in all it’s been a great experience so far – I’m excited for what’s to come next!
I spent my placement year working for Bouygues, one of the biggest construction companies in the world. I was working on a student accommodation project for The University of Essex where my main job was to manage the design of the façade of the building.
The placement team helped me a lot in finding this placement, getting my CV right and being successful at interviews.
During my placement, I was a Process Technologist for AkzoNobel (manufacturers of Dulux Paint). I was a member of the Process Technology Team who were responsible for looking after new technologies to update the paint manufacturing process.
The best and most challenging part of my placement was leading a deployment. I was responsible for organising the smooth implementation of new equipment which involved working closely with the manufacturers on-site and the equipment developers. Despite the challenges I faced, the ultimate success of the project meant my work was developed into a roadmap for future deployments of its kind. Knowing that my work will have an influence on future projects is really rewarding.
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