A year working in industry gives you an opportunity to put what you've learned into practice, develop professional skills and make contacts within industry – it's a time to separate yourself from the competition.
Getting the balance right between theory and practice is a vital part of maximising your future career prospects. Doing a placement gives you closer insight into the marketing sector while developing useful links with the industry.
We have strong links with employers, including businesses and not-for-profit organisations, and many are often looking for Reading undergraduates when recruiting. We also have a dedicated placement officer available to support and guide you through the placement process.
“I couldn't recommend a placement year strongly enough. You learn so much from working on a daily basis with people who are incredibly knowledgeable about their field. Not only have I learnt a great deal about the world of marketing, but I've also learnt a lot about myself and where my strengths and weaknesses are.”
A YEAR IN INDUSTRY
If you choose to do a four-year degree instead of the three-year option, you'll have the opportunity to spend the additional 12 months on a placement year.
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.
Recent Consumer Behaviour and Marketing students have taken placements at Walt Disney, BlackBerry, LoveFilm, Microsoft, Unilever, Mercedes and Kimberley Clark.
Recent placements for Food Marketing and Business Economics students have included Nestle, Samworth Brothers, JD Wetherspoons, Mornflake, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Warburtons and Aldi.
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, instead of spending the full year on a placement.
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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