There are a range of work placement opportunities available and there are many websites and approaches you can use to help you find work placements. Below is information on what types of placements there are, the benefits of working in a placement and how to find a placement that’s right for you.
Types of work placements available
- Company visits and insight days – Visit an organisation to gain an insight and understanding of the variety of roles on offer.
- Work shadowing – Observational activity allowing you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a specific role.
- Short term placements/Internships – Up to 3 months duration, that can be offered on a flexible basis.
- Live projects – Negotiated pieces of work, either undertaken on an individual or group basis.
- Industrial placements/Internships – Up to 12 months duration, typically taken as the penultimate year of study.
- Volunteering – Unpaid period of work in the third sector.
Benefits of undertaking a work placement
Here are some of the benefits of undertaking a work placement:
- Stand out from the crowd – If you have relevant work experience, you’ll really have the edge over other graduates
- Meet people – You’ll meet lots of new people, develop essential professional contacts and build your confidence in the workplace
- Put knowledge into practice – You’ll use the theory you’ve learnt during your degree and see how the skills you’ve gained relate to the workplace
- Earn some cash – More likely in longer work placements
- Gain academic credits – Depending on your programme of study, the sandwich placement enables you to gain academic credits towards your degree
- Enhance your final year grades – Using the skills and experience gained from your placement, you’re likely to improve your final year grades
How to proceed
- Visit Unilife Connect – The USW Careers Service’s vacancy system and search for work experience placements, internships and voluntary opportunities.
- The University of South Wales have dedicated Careers Advisers and Work Placement Advisers for each Faculty, who maybe able to provide specialist advice and support.
Meet our Team
Click through to contact a work placement adviser in your faculty:
Faculty of Business & Society (FBS)
- Julie Gould – Placement Adviser – FBS
- Julia Rees – Placement Adviser – FBS
- Hannah Jones – Placement Adviser – FBS
- Angela Lewis – Placement Adviser – FBS
- Careers Adviser: Alison Hoban
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science (CES)
Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI)
- Glesni Ayres – Placement Adviser – FCI
- Kate Czyrko – Placement Adviser – FCI
- Careers Adviser: David McCarthy
Faculty of Life Science & Education (LSE)
- Donna Freddi – Placement Adviser – LSE
- Careers Adviser: Rhiannon Pugh
For general placement enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or to contact a Careers Adviser: careers.southwales.ac.uk/appointment
Work Placement searches
Below are a few sites to help you get started. In addition, find out about any suitable placement opportunities that may be available via your course or faculty.
Unilife Connect – The USW Careers Service’s vacancy system – search for work experience placements, internships and voluntary opportunities in Wales, the UK and overseas.
GO Wales – Under 25? Find work placements, tasters and work shadowing with GO Wales.
AnyIntern – Search and find all internships in the United Kingdom on the UK’s largest internship website, one search, all internships.
Employment 4 Students – Most visited UK student jobs website helping students find part time jobs, temporary job vacancies, internships & graduate jobs during Christmas & Summer.
Graduate Jobs : Internships – Internships & Work Placements listings.
Great with Disability – Find internship and job information.
Intern Avenue – We connect interns, graduates and employers. Find the very best internships and graduate jobs online!
Just Student Jobs Just Student Jobs is the #1 student job site helping UK students find all kinds of part time jobs, internships, placements and summer jobs for students.
LinkedIn Jobs – Search for jobs on LinkedIn, and read advice from thought leaders, view presentations, see examples, find experts, and browse other resources on finding a job.
Prospects Placements – Takes you directly to the search results for the current placements and internships advertised through Prospects.
Rate My Placement – Search for a range of placements by sector and/or degree discipline. Find a placement or internship; receive new opportunities by email; check out student-written reviews and the Top 100 Undergraduate Employers.
Step Programme – The Step Programme offers undergraduates and recent graduates a range of paid work experience opportunities.
Target Jobs – Target Jobs Work Experience Search
Links Related to Your Subject – A range of information, job and placement search links specific to your area of interest or study.
Careers Fairs and Events – You can find work experience placements by visiting careers fairs and events.
Work Experience Useful Links Page – If you want to delve further. This is a comprehensive listing of a broad range of work experience opportunities.
Before making contact with any employer take the time to read our guide for advice and tips on how to approach employers.
Your Guide to Contacting Employers
The Association of Lighting Designers [ALD] Guide to finding Placements – ALD is the professional body representing all those who work or are interested in the creation of lighting, video & projection design for live performance and event. This student placement guide outlines advice for both the student and the lighting designer on how to approach potential placements, what both sides should expect and offer the other and general etiquette of working in a professional work place. It is also a useful guide for tutors to use when setting up such placements
“In my final weeks of university, I sent my CV to a local job agency. I took my last exam in university on a Thursday, and started at GM Financial the following Monday. I got a six-week contract and I’m still here, nearly four years later! I’m now the Accounting Supervisor for UK and Sweden.
Read the full story here
“As a site manager, I run the day-to-day activities on site, including Health and Safety, planning and programming of the works.”
Students from BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Retail Design have been on work placements with Harvey Nichols in Bristol.
Harry, Ellie, Tara and Mel worked on the Spring/Summer displays throughout store, working with Fashion Marketing and Retail Design Graduate, Emilia Risso, who now works in the Harvey Nichols display team.
Submit your Placement stories
Have you had a successful placement or some interesting work experience? Let us and other students know about it by filling out this short form: https://unilifeconnect.southwales.ac.uk/Form.aspx?id=475839