Chemistry

Undergraduate study

Placement testimonials

A placement provides excellent oportunities to gain real world experience and can open up doors for your future. We hear from students who have undertaken a placement year about their experiences.

Although a placement may seem like a daunting idea now, I can assure you that you will not regret taking a year out to complete a placement

Charlotte Smith

Course: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Placement: Hays Financial Markets

Role: Asset and Wealth Management Regulatory Compliance Consultant

What kind of things did you get involved in during your placement year?

During my placement at Hays, I specialised in the recruitment of regulatory compliance professionals into permanent positions within asset and wealth management firms in the city of London. I was hired to support the Principal Consultant who oversaw the Investment Management Compliance team. I was tasked with working on, and building out the sub £60,000 base salary section of the investment compliance desk which included supporting current clients fulfill their recruitment needs as well as bringing on new clients for the company.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of going on a placement?

Although a placement may seem like a daunting idea now, I can assure you that you will not regret taking a year out to complete a placement. My time in industry has taught me so much that I have been able to put into practice during my university degree. Equally, working within such a fast pace and competitive market my placement has opened my eyes to what I personally need to work on to achieve the best future career.

What did you feel you gained from going on a placement?

I gained the ability to not only conduct myself in a professional manner within a fast-paced, corporate environment but also not fold under pressure. I feel much more confident in my own abilities since being back at university and I have managed my stress levels approaching deadlines and exams much better this year compared to other years.