Engage with employers while you study.
Apply to take an industrial year and/or summer placement as part of your degree. We have excellent links with industry, and you will have the opportunity to undertake work placements and to liaise with employers during your studies.
"I've been able to incorporate a lot of knowledge gained from my degree into my placement and I've also been given lots of opportunities to expand my skills, such as online training and one-on-one mentoring. I believe the experience you gain on any placement is invaluable for the future and I'd recommend it to every student considering an industrial year."
Students who choose to undertake a placement in industry during their studies gain a valuable edge over graduates when seeking career openings. Work experience can play a useful part in strengthening students’ employment readiness (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2017).
Opportunities for work experience include completing the BSc Computer Science with Industrial Year, BSc Mathematics with Computer Science with Placement Year, summer internships and the University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. Employability skills seminars, and the RED Award to record your extra-curricular experience, also enhance your future employment prospects.
As a Computer Science or Mathematics with Computer Science student, you can choose the four-year study option. This includes the same academic content as the three-year courses, but with an additional 12-month industrial placement during the third year.
Previous placement companies include: Goldman Sachs, GlaxoSmithKline, Sony, Ernst & Young, BBC, Pepsico, BT, KPMG, IBM, HSBC, Deloitte, O2, Intel, Microsoft, M&S, Oracle, John Lewis, Accenture and 3M, Autino, CGI, Veritas, Lilly, Urban Science, Cisco, Bayer, Evertz.
You will have the opportunity to pursue a summer internship. The Placements and Careers Team offer:
- Support and training
- Access to top companies and organisations
- Assistance with building your CV, skill set and experience portfolio.
Make the most of your placements
Have your efforts recognised with the University of Reading's RED Award.
The University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme
Get involved with research via the University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. As a successful candidate, you will receive a vacation bursary to complete a research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff, to gain first-hand experience of research. Projects usually take place over the summer vacation.
Research opportunities can be found in different departments across the University. This gives you the chance to work on interdisciplinary research and to see how you can apply computer science to other areas. These placements make a significant contribution to your transferable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment.
DEVELOP EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
You will be supported in developing your employability skills throughout your degree, including a series of employer-led interactive seminars in the autumn term of your second year. New or current placement providers specifically looking to recruit computer science students run these sessions.
The session will deliver key advice and tips for a specific element of the recruitment process, e.g. writing an effective CV, interviews, and assessment centres. Employers who have recently delivered these sessions include Eli Lilly, CGI, G Research, and Waterstones.