Year in Industry

A life-changing experience highly valued by employers

The Year in Industry is undertaken as part of our four year sandwich degree programmes. You will be supported in finding and applying for a placement in an organisation which could range from a local small/medium-sized enterprise to a global blue chip company: it’s up to you. 

Students go on placement during their third year of study for a minimum of 40 weeks. The placement year, which includes a variety of assessments including a presentation and a reflective diary, accounts for 10% of the overall degree classification.

Why spend a Year in Industry?

The benefits of undertaking a Year in Industry Placement include:

  • developing the key skills employers are looking for;
  • understanding the relationship between academic theory and work place practice;
  • testing out career options;
  • learning about workplace cultures and discipline; and
  • earning money whilst you study.

During the first two years of study, our students take part in a range of career sessions which will help to develop the essential skills needed to succeed in winning a placement in the hugely competitive graduate internship market, including researching potential employers, application writing and interview techniques.  The sessions also support students to develop the employability skills that are essential in the workplace. The Management School provides support to students on placement in the form of regular visits and calls from our dedicated Placements Officer.

Source a placement that suits you

Recent Year in Industry students have undertaken placements in organisations including IBM, L’Oreal, Triumph Motorcycles and Microsoft.

With increasing numbers of employers looking for students with work experience, and many now using their year in industry schemes as a way to recruit, it can be a good way to enhance the relevant employability skills and work experience that will help you on your way to a graduate job.

Students who have done a year in industry can go into work with a level of confidence which will allow them to hit the ground running. Our business will benefit from these students in years to come, and we want to invest in the future workforce. Laura will now be able to walk into a role knowing that she can do a good job.

Simon Windle - Head of Contract and Commercial Team at Telefónica UK

I wanted the experience because I know how competitive it is for graduates to try and find a job after university. The careers department provided sessions outlining how to make an application, but in terms of finding the placement, I was very self-motivated. The placement gave me lots of hand-on experience.

Laura Jakobsen, Business Management with a Year in Industry BA (Hons) - completed a placement at Telefonica