Chantelle didn’t have to look too far for her perfect placement, she tells us all about her fantastic placement experience right here at MMU.
Name and Course Chantelle Cox, BA Business Management
Company and Job Title Manchester Metropolitan University, TALENTmatch Recruitment Assistant.
Interesting fact about you. I used to live in Tenerife for 3 years when I was two; I even attended a Spanish school. Unfortunately, I did not keep up the language and cannot speak as fluent as I once could. (more…)
“Don’t give up, DON’T rule anything out, and don’t be put off by a company because you’ve not heard of them.” Wise words from Liv who is currently on placement at ArrowXL.
Name and Course Olivia Mitchell, Combined Hons Digital Media/ Marketing
Company and Job Title ArrowXL, Marketing Controller
Interesting fact about you. I have a 1982 VW T25 campervan that my boyfriend and I travelled around Europe in!
When you started searching for a placement, did you have a specific role in mind? Not really, I always knew I wanted to do something creative, but I didn’t have a specific role in mind. I more so spent time flicking through different job profiles to see what kinds of things caught my eye. I was probably more focused on the company than the role, for example if a company appears to care for their employees etc etc… (more…)
After work drinks, birthday cards and new friends, this placement business doesn’t sound too bad! Hannah shares her experience of her placement at Standguide.
Name and Course My name is Hannah, I study International Business Management and I’ll soon have completed 12 months of full time work (It’s not as scary as it sounds).
Approximately how many placement applications did you make in total? I started searching for my placement in the November and after applying for about 60 positions, attending 10 interviews, completing 3 assessment centres and doubting myself daily; I secured a position in the Business Development team at Standguide Ltd. (more…)
“A challenging and eye opening experience”- Paddy gives us an insight into the ups and down of his placement.
Course and company worked for? I’m currently studying BA (Hons) Business Management with Placement and completing my placement year with a FTSE 100, multinational engineering company, working in Telford, Shropshire.
What were your key reasons for choosing the sandwich placement route?
I realised early on during my course that it would be impossible for me to get a good job after graduation without a placement year. Therefore, I transferred courses and applied for various placements. I was unsure as to what role or company I wished to work for after graduation, so I started looking for placements with various large companies. (more…)
I have been catching up with students who are currently on placement to find out about their journey so far. Will Harris tells us about his experience at Think Ambient- a million miles away from his footballer dreams…
Name and Course
Will Harris, Business Management
Company and Job Title Think Ambient, Assistant Account Manager UK
When you started searching for a placement, did you have a specific role in mind? Initially I wanted to go into a marketing role, but was always flexible to do whatever was needed. As it turned out there was a role in account management that I stepped into after a couple of months of marketing which I have been in since.
What did you want to be when you were younger? A footballer (of course) (more…)
The big question on student’s lips at the moment is where to live when you go on placement and how will you find accommodation, especially if you leave Manchester? Your Placement Ambassador, Jess Vasey, has given her insight into finding a top pad for your placement year.
If some of you are worried that you won’t get to live with your friends next year whilst on placement or that you’re going to be left homeless because you haven’t signed a contract straight away, DON’T!
DON’T SIGN SO SOON First of all, many letting agents and landlords will say that the good houses go quickly and loads of students have already got their eye on it when in reality, they don’t, they just want you to put a deposit down. So don’t feel pressured to sign a contract ASAP. If you still want to live with your friends that are going straight into final year, ask them if they can hold off a little longer whilst you apply for placements and attend interviews. (more…)
Welcome to your first installment of Placement Hacks, written by your Placement Ambassadors, to give you an insight into what a placement is REALLY like and provide tips from students who have been through the process. This week Christian and Emma discuss top tips for doing a placement at home or away.
Placement Hacks: Moving Away
Doing a placement abroad represents a true challenge, but I can guarantee that it will be an amazing experience. You will have the chance to meet new people, experience a new culture, make great memories and finally feel very proud about yourself for overcoming different challenges! My placement was with Intel, in Ireland, an experience that I recommend to everyone. (more…)
Placement Ambassadors are final year students who have returned from placement and want to share their experiences with you. You can contact them for advice and support with your placement search or even just a chat. Find out all about the application process to their day to day experiences directly from someone who has been there, done that AND got the t-shirt.
Name William Truong
What course are you on?
BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance
Where did you do your placement? I was based in one of the Manchester offices for Rentalcars.com which is the world’s largest online car hire platform. I worked in the Product and Commercial department inside the Latin America Team. (more…)
Our latest blog is by Simron Mann, an Accounting & Finance student who has completed his placement at PUMA. Read on to find out what it’s like to undertake a placement with the third largest sportswear manufacturer in the world!
How did you choose where to do your placement? After reading the PUMA job description I knew immediately that this was the placement that I really wanted. I did a lot of research about PUMA as a brand, their values, and products and ensured that in each step of the application I got across all of this information. (more…)
Summer is over and induction week is upon us but there’s still plenty of time before the real work starts, right? Actually, no! Now is the perfect time to get ahead of your friends and start to prepare for a placement. Nobody is expecting a 4 page essay on the perfect job but there are some (not too challenging) things that you can be doing to put you in good stead for securing a placement.
What was your favourite part of first year? (Friday nights not included) First year is over and it’s time to decide what you liked and what you didn’t. Spending some time to think about the kind of subjects you are interested in will help influence the kind of job you are looking for. Even if you haven’t enjoyed certain parts of your course, it’s not wasted. At least you now know what you don’t enjoy. Remember, you don’t have to be certain about the direction in which you take your career but doing the things you enjoy will help! (more…)