A placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience, develop industry-specific knowledge and skills, and network with potential future employers.
For those working in the international development sector, it is important to develop work, volunteering and overseas experience to enhance employability and career options.
This is why we incorporate an excellent overseas study opportunities within the programme, encourage student volunteering and placements, and enable our students to write a research dissertation based on a real-world practical or policy issue.
“My placement taught me a lot as I was able to look at all aspects of a voluntourism charity, including branding and marketing, fundraising, training and preparation, and collaborating with partner organisations. It equipped me with the skills that I will need for employment after my studies. Being able to work for a community project based in an economically disadvantaged region of Peru has truly brought my studies to life and has taught me so much.”
A YEAR IN INDUSTRY
If you're doing a four-year degree, you'll have the opportunity to spend 12 months on a placement year and work with one of our industry partners.
Your placement will be directly related to your degree programme or potential career path, giving you the freedom to find a placement that suits you and your career aspirations.
Many of our students have completed placements with large, global organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme, or with multinational corporations such as the American telecommunications firm Verizon (based in Reading). Other students have spent their year working on Corporate Social Responsibility programmes for major organisations like Panasonic.
Students have also spent a rewarding year working for smaller-scale, non-governmental organisations or charities, both in the UK and abroad, such as Raleigh International, Oasis (based in Cardiff), and Otra Cosa Network.
All gain broad-based experience in project management, day-to-day operations and communication. Typically, our students are responsible for a specialist task. This may mean working with end-users, liaising with clients, delivering presentations or writing reports, all of which mean learning many new, transferable skills as part of their role.
You will be supported by our advisory services and a dedicated member of staff, who will assist in finding and supporting your year out.
On a four-year degree, you also have the option to spend six months on a placement with the other six months spent studying abroad.
Many of our students undertake three months of paid work experience during the summer vacation to gain further insight into the career path they want to pursue.
You can also participate in a six-week summer placement linked to research undertaken at the University. These placements are generally completed in your final year.
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