What is frontrunners?
Watch our videos to hear students who have undertaken frontrunners placements talk about what they enjoyed most, the skills they gained and their tips for applying.
A frontrunners supervisor also reveals what he looks for when shortlisting applicants.
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,
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; 15 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
The autumn term placements will be advertised towards the end of May.
May Bank Holiday timesheet submissions
- For week ending 26 May 2013, timesheets must be submitted by 5pm on 24 May 2013.
Applications for staff
We are not currently accepting applications from staff who would like to recruit a frontrunner. Details of the
application round for placements starting in the 2014 spring term will be announced soon.
“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.”