By doing a placement, you not only increase your chances of getting a graduate job but you also earn a higher salary. It really can be the single most important step in your employability journey.

What is a placement like?

Our students are the best people to ask. Read about their placement experiences:

“I spent the year at Galliford Try. Having engineered various sections of the main South Devon Link Road project, I became site engineer for the £2.6m Decoy Link Road scheme. It was a steep learning curve and stressful at points, however the experience is invaluable and the sense of achievement is immense. With new found motivation I look forward to completing my degree and joining Galliford Try in their infrastructure division.” - Samuel Williams, BEng(Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering

“It was a real honour to have the Big Data project, that I worked on for Bristol City Council, named as a 'Project to Watch' by the UN, especially as I was only two weeks into my placement when I began work on it. My placement exceeded my expectations and the knowledge and new skills I've learnt have really helped me in my final year”. - Beatrice Ubani, BSc Environmental Resource Management

How does it work?

You must undertake at least two and a half days’ employment for a full year or six months full time; your employer needs to be validated by our placement team. During the course of your placement you will be in regular contact with your placement tutor who will also visit you in your workplace (UK only). Academically we ask you to keep a diary of your day to day activities and to submit project work to document and reflect upon your experiences.

Where can I go?

Placement opportunities cover a wide range of disciplines studied within the GEM Department. The result of this diversity is that our placement students can be found in a variety of jobs in countries all around the world.

Within the last two years we have had students on placement, working with:

  • Recycling in Santiago.
  • Ecological management in Darwin.
  • National Parks in New Zealand.
  • Marine conservation in Jamaica.
  • Transport management in the UK.

Benefits of a placement

You will simultaneously enhance your employment and academic potential. This is exemplified by the majority of our placement students who link their work in the field to their level three research project. By doing this they can gain valuable insights and time that can be productively used to develop their own research.

Placements do take time, commitment and sometimes money. Whatever the placement opportunity the results are likely to be the same: enhanced employability, great experiences and new friendships. Take the challenge.

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