Callum Manning, an undergraduate from Loughborough University's Department of Computer Science, gives an insight into his time as an industrial placement student with IBM alongside Matthew Clarke, a Loughborough University graduate who now works full-time for IBM in WebSphere Development.
Loughborough University's Department of Computer Science runs one of the strongest placement schemes in the country. We highly recommend students take the professional placement (sandwich) option that is available on all our undergraduate courses.
Research shows that work experience can give you an edge in the increasingly competitive graduate jobs' market, and a year spent on professional placement in industry can really help you stand out. The placement year is a valuable complement to the academic part of the programme and enables you to "test drive" a career, earn a wage, develop your interpersonal skills and boost your employability. In some cases, sandwich year placements have led to offers of permanent employment upon graduation and even to financial sponsorship for your final year at Loughborough.
We have built strong relationships with major blue chip companies who recognise the contribution our high-calibre students can make to their businesses. Students are responsible for arranging their own industrial placements, but we can help you find opportunities, and the University's Careers and Employability Centre is also there to provide support. As a department we have been highly successful in helping our students win placements with major IT and business sector companies.
Recent placements include
- Barclays Capital
- Hewlett Packard
- Morgan Stanley
- Renault F1