Many courses at the University of Portsmouth enable you to do a year's work placement or self-employment placement.
These provide excellent opportunities to gain high-level experience, an insight into a particular job role and make useful contacts. The experience looks good on your CV and a large number of students get graduate jobs with their placement employer.
When should you start looking?
Ideally, start looking early on in your second year but opportunities will be advertised throughout the year and (exceptionally) sometimes into the early summer. The later you leave it, the harder it will be to find a placement.
Your first point of contact will be your placement office in your Faculty. Visit their websites to find out how they can support you and the opportunities available:
Faculty of Science
If you are looking to do a placement year, in the first instance speak with your tutor or the employability contact within your department/school.
Those organisations who advertise on graduate websites, will probably be larger companies, so the competition will be high as more people will see the advertisements. Therefore, you should also consider small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as they may offer opportunities which might be less high-profile but a brilliant placement option.
Some placement offices offer shorter placements, however, minimum placement opportunities vary between faculties. Talk to your placement office to find out the minimum placement length.
You could also use the Hampshire Business Directory to identify possible employers and, if they are not advertising vacancies, consider making speculative approaches. You can get more advice on making applications from Purple Door and in our careers advice section.
Online Placement Sources
If you are searching for your own placement, you will still need to be in-touch with your placements office. The following general vacancy sources promote a wide range of placements. Register your interests and sign up for alerts if possible.
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, create one and follow specific organisations to get a feel for their business. You may get some insights into when they might be opening up placement opportunities as well as gaining an understanding of key issues facing the industry.
Purple Door offers ongoing support to help with applications and interviews tailored to you and your requirements. Just let us know what help you need.