Placements and work experience

We’ve got lots of experience supporting our students with year-long work placements in a variety of roles and sectors. Usually this takes place after your second year of study and, thanks to our strong links with leading employers, we can help you find excellent opportunities. Whichever undergraduate course you’re on at Loughborough, you’ll be able to incorporate a year in industry into your degree. About half our students do a placement year and it’s a fantastic way to gain invaluable experience in a real workplace, developing your employability skills and professional network.

Earn a salary while you gain experience

Many students earn a salary during their placement and some secure permanent employment for when they graduate. Additional benefits of placements and internships may include: better workplace skills and career confidence; improved subject awareness and understanding; many students see an improvement in their grades after completing a placement; a stronger CV and enhanced graduate possibilities.

Experience a different culture

If you are interested in travelling whilst you study, there are placement opportunities in other countries, as well as options to spend from 3-12 months at an overseas university. In addition to placements, you’ll have access to countless other work experience and internship prospects too – there are so many ways to enhance your CV as a student at Loughborough.

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Take advantage of our industry links

We have excellent links with high profile companies who are keen to recruit our students for placements and there is a lot of support available to help you find a suitable opportunity. It is your responsibility to secure your placement, however comprehensive application and pre-placement guidance is provided by your school/department and the Careers Network.

Stand out from the crowd

In an increasingly competitive graduate job market, we recognise the importance of building a stellar application that can outshine a crowd. Rising numbers of employers are looking for more than just a degree from their graduate employees; they want to see proof of commitment and experience of applying knowledge in a real workplace. Completing a placement year is the perfect opportunity to really demonstrate your competence to future employers – meaning you’ll have a whole year of invaluable experience to shout about before you’ve even graduated.

Build your professional network

In addition to providing invaluable professional experience and deepening your understanding of taught theory in a practical setting, undertaking a placement is a great way to build your professional network and sometimes even secure permanent employment after graduation. Many of our students have been offered graduate jobs off the back of their placements, which can be an excellent source of motivation for returning to final year study.

Test-drive a career

Undecided on a career path? Completing a placement year as part of your degree is also an excellent way to ‘test-drive’ a potential career for after you graduate. It allows you to get stuck into a professional role in an area of interest – you may decide that you love it, or you may discover something else along the way that inspires you more. Either way, it’ll help you to narrow down your options and focus your mindset.