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What is frontrunners?

frontrunners videos

Watch our videos to hear students talk about what they enjoyed most, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. Frontrunners supervisors and a careers advisor also reveal what students should look out for when applying for placements.

frontrunners is the University’s unique placement scheme which gives students the opportunity to undertake challenging employment around campus and develop the higher-level skills they need to compete for the best jobs. The scheme is open to all University of Essex students, and offers paid, on-placement training.

There are two levels: frontrunners and frontrunners Plus. Placements are between one and three terms long, and up to 10 hours per week during term-time and Christmas and Easter; 20 hours per week over the summer. frontrunners also supports students in developing their ability to reflect on and articulate the skills they have acquired. Many frontrunners have gone on to work in specialist areas after graduation which relate directly to their placement experience. Have a look at our success stories for further details.

Applications open for students

We are currently not advertising any frontrunners placements.

Please note that placements due to start in Autumn 2014 will be advertised at a later date and the recruitment process for these will be completed by the end of the summer term.

Applications for staff

We are not currently accepting any staff applications for a frontrunners placement. The next application round will be to have a frontrunner for the Spring Term 2014-15. We will announce more details in due course.

“It goes without saying that the frontrunners placement has definitely made me more employable, improved my CV, and my work experience. More importantly, I have also realised what my strengths are and what I still need to work on. I have acquired a set of skills I didn’t have, whilst building on and developing my existing skills set.

“I would strongly recommend everyone to apply for a frontrunners placement, as it is an excellent starting point towards a promising career.”
Elena Costache

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