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How to find a placement

Students are encouraged to use the full range of resources to research and secure a placement that will support their studies and longer-term career aspirations.

If you have found a placement find but are unsure of the next steps, visit our confirming your placement page.  

When do I start looking?

Start your search well ahead of your deadline and bear in mind that some employers can recruit up to a year in advance. It is a competitive process and taking the time to develop your application techniques and developing resilience is essential if you’re to find that dream job.

What types of organisation can I apply to?

Each year we source hundreds of excellent placement vacancies in companies of all different sizes and locations and promote them via InfoHub

Keep your options open and focus your search on finding a role that suits you. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement but there is plenty of help available.

What do employers look for?

We asked employers what they look for in a placement student and what support they provide. Listen to their replies by watching our employers tips video on YouTube.  

What kinds of roles can I apply to do?

The placement should be relevant to your programme of study and enable you to meet the learning objectives of your placement module. Details about placement requirements are included on the programme and module databases.

Individual roles will vary and should be discussed and agreed between you and the employer.

How long does the placement have to be?

Placements can take place at different points depending on the requirements of your programme and can vary in length from just a few days to a full academic year.

Where offered, sandwich placements generally take place between years 2 and 3 and lead to the award of a sandwich degree.

Can I work abroad?

Recent students have completed placements as far afield as Sweden, Thailand, Australia and Brazil. Hear about their experiences via YouTube.

Check out our global work information to find out more about options available to you, including additional funding via the UWE Bristol Go Global Bursary.

Where should I look?

Keep checking regularly for the latest vacancies and explore other sources of placements and work experience

You can also view our further tips on job hunting and networking to help you to help identify placement opportunities.

Where can I get help with applications and interviews?

We strongly encourage students to use the resources on our Careers and employability web pages to undertake their own research and find their own placement. For further help in finding a placement check out our one-to-one careers services

We can also give you advice on writing your CV or application form, and our placement application advice video provides tips from UWE Bristol students and employers.

Found a placement?

If you have already found a placement opportunity, follow our step-by-step guide to approving and confirming your placement.

Receiving an offer

Before accepting any job offer you must read our guidance on handling job offers and follow our step-by-step guide to approving and confirming your placement.

Contact the UWE Bristol Careers service

Our Careers services are there to support you with careers advice and guidance.

Contact Careers

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