Placements

Employability

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We focus on providing you with the skills and experience that you need in the graduate job market. Our courses are designed to enable you to enter a wide variety of careers and our graduates have gone on to work for several well-known employers.

All of our undergraduate courses can include an optional placement year spent in industry or another organisation. This is designed to maximise your chances for success in the graduate job market. You will leave Essex with a degree and a whole year's work experience to offer to companies.

You will follow the first two years of your course as usual. During this time you will find your placement, with help and support from our School and University. In your third year you carry out the placement and then return for your final year.

Help and support

While it is your responsibility to secure a placement, plenty of help is at hand. You will be supported by our School Placement Officer, Faculty Employability Coordinator, and Employability and Careers Centre team. During your first and second years, you will also be tutored in the skills required to find a placement.

Once a placement has been secured, we will arrange a training agreement which is signed by you, the University, and your employer, setting out:

  • your learning outcomes for the placement, linked to your study in the first two years and your aspirations for the final year of your course
  • mentoring and monitoring arrangements to support you during your placement.

You will have an assigned mentor at your employer and a University of Essex academic mentor. Your progress will be monitored via email and Skype, and potentially a visit to you while on placement by your academic mentor. The University and sometimes the employer can assist with finding accommodation.

We also work closely with our Employability and Careers Centre to ensure that you can sell the benefits of your placement year to employers.

Cost

For those students starting their studies in 2015, there will be no University fee for the placement year. This may be subject to change for students starting from 2016 onwards. Salaries for placement years vary by employer. A number of scholarships and bursaries are available to help with accommodation and living costs.