Experience the world of work, enhance your CV, and learn new skills on a work placement.
It was real work experience – you had to be there, on time, you had tasks to do, you’re working with people external to the university – it gave me a glimpse into what the working world was like, while still doing things that were related to my course.
Olivia French, completed placements at The Letters Page and Writing East Midlands.
Current students: apply for a placement
Impact of the coronavirus on work placements, field trips and volunteering
We work with a range of organisations to provide work placements, field trips and volunteer opportunities. As you'll appreciate they are all disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
We expect opportunities to run as usual from the academic year 2021/22 but this cannot be guaranteed. We will do our best to arrange suitable activities as previous students always tell us how vauable these opportunities are.
Our Careers and Employment Service have arranged online work experience opportunities that you can do from home including internships, placements, insights and vacation schemes.
School of English placement partners
Current partners may include:
University-wide opportunities for all
Nottingham's size and reputation means we can offer some of the best opportunities to help you become 'workplace-ready'.
Opportunities through the Careers and Employability Service
Nottingham Advantage Award
Prepare for the job market and get formal recognition of your extracurricular activities.
School of English Advantage Award modules include:
Career Planning Skills for English Students –reflect on your personal development, employability, career path and job-seeking skills
Literacy Volunteers – available to those who volunteer on the School of English Literacy Support Project. It is an excellent way of gaining accreditation for your volunteering role
Peer Mentoring for English – Second-and final-year students acting as peer mentors to new students can take this accompanying Advantage Award module
More about the Advantage Award
I have learned so much about the impact of social media and how it can be utilised successfully to promote businesses online. What I enjoyed the most was handling the Twitter account for a minor celebrity for the day, and using their platform to interact with some interesting people! Doing a placement has been an invaluable experience to add to my CV and has encouraged me to transfer my university skills into a workplace environment, which will benefit me greatly when I start working.
Placement provider: Catena
I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome from working with students from the School of English. I wanted to see if an online magazine was a viable addition to the business, from both a marketing and financial perspective. In short it was – the student devised and designed the magazine, wrote the articles and sold advertising space – bringing in 3% of turnover for the year. This pilot programme has now allowed me to develop the idea further and is a service we hope to roll out.
Claire Bicknell, Director
Placement provider: Marketing, Communications and Recruitment (School of Medicine)
I really enjoyed my placement and learnt lots. I was impressed with the amount of responsibility I was given as it allowed me to really use my initiative. I’d highly recommend that students apply for the work placements; they are a fantastic way of enhancing existing skills and perfect for learning new ones that can be proudly displayed on a CV.
Maria Panteli, final year student who completed a three-month placement
Maria's tasks included:
- helping to improve the student experience by creating surveys to gain feedback
- proofreading and copywriting
- helping create the school's first student newsletter
Placement provider: Invest in Nottingham
Students of English bring adaptable, transferable skills that can be applied perfectly to our marketing activities.
Catherine Appleby, Invest in Nottingham
Emily Voice completed her placement with the international promotion agency of Nottingham City Council. Her tasks included:
- writing press releases
- conducting telephone interviews, then producing case studies based on these
- developing marketing material
Placement provider: Marketing, Communications and Recruitment (External Relations)
Following my placement, I now have better examples to back up the ‘problem solving skills’ hitherto advertised rather loosely on my CV. However, greater than these skills was the experience itself, which has benefitted me with a sense of the workplace, and also with a wider corporate awareness.
Mike's tasks included:
- redesigning the CMS FAQ section of the Web Team website
- assisting with webpage design, including a new ‘Digital Team’ page
The placement aided my professional and academic career as well as being valuable on a personal level. It was a fantastic opportunity and I would be sure to recommend placements to any of my peers.
Hannah worked with the DH Lawrence Heritage centre, helping to organise and promote it. She was also involved in the DH Lawrence festival, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Her tasks included:
- researching audiences, interest groups and potential participants
- assisting at festival events, including setting up events and box office duties
Hannah discusses her experience at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre and reflects on the benefits of work-related placements with the School of English.
Writing for a particular brief is something I've developed on the placement, but I learned how to write for a particular audience or purpose on my English degree.
Emily worked with New Perspectives Theatre Company, rebranding their Northants Touring Arts scheme. Her tasks included:
- researching, developing and creating a set of brand guidelines
- developing a design brief for a selection of print materials
- producing an e-newsletter support document to be sent out to promoters, highlighting changes to the branding of NTA
Booklet cover designed by Emily on her placement
Emily reflects on the challenges and benefits of her work placement.
Emily understood entirely what we were looking to achieve and used her initiative to make this project her own. Her professionalism, enthusiasm and hard working attitude enabled her to make developments to the Northants Touring Arts Scheme that we may not otherwise have been able to achieve. In essence, the work she has produced has far exceeded our expectations.
Kayleigh Hunt, New Perspectives Theatre Company