Work experience placement modules
If you are an undergraduate student, you will have a work placement module as an integral part of your course, usually in your second or third year and it is essential that you start looking for a placement well before your module starts!
Your course team and the Work Based Learning team will explain what support is available to help you find suitable work placement opportunities, including advice on your application accessing relevant vacancies the University advertises and sourcing your own placement.
The earlier you start thinking about your placement, the more likely you are to find the best role for you!
If you are a postgraduate student, you may have a work placement module as a core or option, so check with your course team to find out if this option is available for you.
Please contact the Work Based Learning Team with any questions and to start planning for your placement.
Benefits of work placement modules
Accredited work placements are proven to help you get into a great career when you graduate (Petrie 2021, Smith et al 2018 and Shadbolt 2016). There are a wide range of benefits including:
- Gaining experience to enhance your CV/Resume and future career prospects.
- Increasing your knowledge of job application and recruitment processes.
- Developing understanding of a specific area of work. This may help you to confirm your career choice, or possibly introduce you to new ideas about what you would like to do.
- Enhancing your employability through developing a wider range of work skills.
- Increased sense of self-confidence in your abilities which your module assessment will help you to identify.
- Widening your career network i.e. building contacts that may be able to help either directly or indirectly in your graduate careers plans!
Finding placement opportunities
A range of suitable placement opportunities with local employers are sourced by the University and will be advertised within your placement modules "Placement Scheme" within the MyCareer platform. These will include in-workplace and remote working opportunities to suit your interests and lifestyle.
Some large graduate recruiters offer full-time placement opportunities over the summer vacation. Certain London Met courses allow you to complete your placement before the academic year the module starts - providing you have the placement approved by your module leader/the Work Based Learning Team (before you start the role).
There are a number of websites that advertise placement vacancies for students, eg Rate My Placement and Target Jobs; a selection of these sites is listed in the 'Recruitment websites and job boards' page.
Creating your own opportunities
Often smaller organisations are very happy to offer projects and work experience to students who can bring fresh ideas to them. So keep an open mind and research as widely as possible to maximise your chances of success!
The first step is to identify potential employers and to approach them with a targeted CV and cover letter, making sure you state clearly why you are writing and when the proposed placement would take place. The Graduate Job Search document allows you to access information on business directories and other company sources.
Networking and social media
Developing your professional network can help identify potential opportunities. You can attend network events face to face. However, much networking takes place on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. The E Hireability resources on the Careers Portal provide guidance on using social media to find jobs and the University of Leeds series of YouTube videos on Linkedin provide advice on creating a presence and using LinkedIn for research, networking and job searching.
Placements in the not-for-profit sector, can help you give back to society and can provide great experience. These can be searched for on the MyCareer system.
Paid or unpaid?
Any placement, whether paid or unpaid, can give you valuable experience to help your future career. National minimum wage legislation states that employers are not required to pay students where the placement is an integral part of a course of study or volunteering within not-for-profit organisations. If therefore you are seeking an opportunity for your work based learning module, employers often offer this on an unpaid basis.
Work based learning contact information
Guildhall School of Business & Law
- Law only - Angelina Marochka - email@example.com
All other GSBL courses - Narada Oates - firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Art, Architecture and Design (Please note many placements within the School of Art, Architecture and Design are managed within the School)
- Tamanda Kachika - email@example.com
School of Computing and Digital Media
- Computing, Electronics, Journalism and Maths
- Harsh Pandloskar - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Snejana Budesteanu - email@example.com
Media only - Pavlina Vackova - firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Human Sciences (except Dietetics students)
- Pavlina Vackova - email@example.com
School of Social Sciences & Professions (except Social Work, Counselling and Teacher training students)
- Cherise Morrison-Greaves - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tamanda Kachika - email@example.com
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