At Nottingham we can help you make a great start to your career by exploring your career options, gaining experience and benefitting from our careers expertise.
In Part 4 of our guide to how we can help your career we look at work placement options and student entrepreneurship.
Kick-starting your career
Take an internship or industrial placement
In addition to the technical knowledge and practical skills I’ve gained through my time at ATG Global, this internship offered me a platform to learn how to behave professionally in a working environment, how to communicate with my colleagues and managers, and how the company operated.
– Billy Xing, international student from China
Taking an internship or placement is an excellent opportunity to enhance your university experience by gaining experience and insight in your chosen sector while developing the personal and professional skills employers will value.
Many of our undergraduate courses are available with a year-long industrial placement. Assessed internships can also be arranged for students on other courses where appropriate. Taking a short internship during a summer vacation period is another option.
If you will study on a Tier 4 student visa, you can take a placement as part of the course providing that it is assessed and makes up no more than 50% of the course (or 50% of your study period in the UK).
The Nottingham Internship Scheme can help you find an internship with local businesses in the Nottingham area. There are also opportunities to take internships abroad and funding for overseas internships is available from the International Work Experience Grant.
The Graduate School provides placement opportunities for postgraduate students through Postgraduate Placements Nottingham including guidance and support throughout the programme.
Turn your inspiration into a business
I would advise any Nottingham student who would like to set up their own business to join the Ingenuity Lab and at least one other group like Nottingham Business Ventures, as you can receive loads of advice and training on business basics for free.
– Nottingham graduate and local entrepreneur Nnenna Nwaiwu from Nigeria
The University of Nottingham is one of the UK’s four University Enterprise Zones, areas where universities and business work together to increase local growth and innovation. Nottingham has been involved in over 40 spin-out companies, developed from research undertaken at the University.
The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supports student entrepreneurs with marketable business ideas. Its Ingenuity Lab provides working space, advice and mentoring for students and alumni, as well as supporting recent graduates who are launching their own business and require a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.
Please note that working self-employed while holding a Tier 4 student visa is not permitted under the Tier 4 immigration rules on working in the UK.
How we can help your career – Part 5: Graduate career options