Month: September 2014

Starting points: placement application advice

Just starting your search? Don’t miss these application hints and tips from our placement student, Rob Armistead, BA (Hons) Marketing Management.


Placement student, RobMy name is Rob Armistead and I am currently on a placement year at GE Healthcare and student of the MMU Marketing Management course. GE are the one of the biggest firms in the world, ranked 9th on the Fortune 500 with revenues of $146 Billion last year. GE Healthcare is a segment of the GE organisation and headquartered in the UK, just outside of London.

My role within GE Healthcare is Launch and Lifecycle Marketing Intern and I work with teams all around the world assisting them with tools and resources that help their product launches go smoothly and help them be more efficient in the process. My role has taught me more in the past 3 months than I could possibly imagine and given me connections all over the world that I could have never of had without the placement, and also something incredible to go on my CV. (more…)


Before you apply: 3 words that can change your placement

Before you apply our regular blogger, Georgina, tells us how you can make yourself stand out with just three words.



In my previous blog post, I very briefly mentioned how to make sure your application is given the time you will think it deserves. However, afterwards I had a thought. A light bulb moment if you will. How can you make your application an absolute knock out if you haven’t done anything in your spare time to prove your passion for the industry/job role?

I have three words for you that can potentially turn your application process on its head and make you a real contender. I really believe it helped me anyway! (more…)

What is it really like working in Visual Merchandising and Marketing?

In her first placement blog, Beth Race, BA (Hons) Business Management, tells us what it is really like working in a visual merchandising and marketing role and what she’s gaining so far from her placement year.

Placement student, Beth Race

Hi Guys!!

I am currently 3 and a bit months into my 12 month placement at Widdop Bingham (giftware supplier) as part of my sandwich Business Management degree! The first and most important thing I feel I need to say is that placement isn’t for everyone, however if you are considering doing a placement it is an invaluable experience that will not only give you money but experience and a crazy learning curve that will help shape your future career!! (more…)

Placement part 1 – the worries, the nerves, the relief

In the first of her blog posts, Codie Smith, BA (Hons) Financial Services, Planning and Management, provides an insight into her placement search and how she secured a job as a Financial Planning Administrator at Fiscal Engineers.

Placement student, Codie Smith

Whether you decided to come to University yourself, through a family member or the influence of a friend, it is still YOUR future that depends on the course and degree you’re willing to want and take.

I personally came to MMU because of the course: Financial Services, Planning and Management (and of course the awesome bars and restaurants here!). It offered me an outstanding opportunity of qualifications as well as being regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) which of course appealed to me as a Finance student. (more…)

Meet the team – Julie Clare

In the second installment of our ‘Meet the team’ series we hear from Julie Clare

What’s your job & what does it involve?

I’m a Placement and Projects Coordinator. My role involves supporting students through the placement process, from thinking about what type of roles they want to apply for, where to search for them, putting a CV or application together and preparing for interview.  I’m also involved in projects such as planning the Insight day. An afternoon where students who have been out on placement come back to tell students who are starting their search for a placement about the placement process and share insights into what they learnt along the way. (more…)

What is it really like working for a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) organisation?

Placement student KimberleyMy name is Kimberley Hargreaves, and I am studying a BA Hons Human Resource Management here at MMU. I have recently completed a 12 month industrial placement within the HR function at Unilever– a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) organisation. I was based at their UK head office in Leatherhead, Surrey.

I undertook a project based role where I got to lead projects across the spectrum of HR, from designing and delivering events for the attraction and selection of Unilever’s future graduates and placement students, to working with a local charity in delivering mock interviews to people with disabilities to enhance their interview skills and support them in gaining employment. I also supported Unilevers’ HR reps across all UK and Ireland sites to deliver inductions to their new employees. These are just a few main examples of the variety of projects I was able to get involved in. (more…)

Meet the team – Hayley Wright

Hopefully you’ll get to know us over the year as we work with you on your placement search, rejoice in a placement offer and wave you off to the wonderful world of work (hopefully without too much paperwork chasing along the way!) To let you get to know us a little better we’ll publish a series of  ‘meet the team’ posts.

In the first of the series meet Hayley.

HayleyMy name’s Hayley and I am a Placement and Project Coordinator. My role involves helping our students find valuable placement and work experience opportunities that will help you get to wherever you want to be.

I also work closely with employers to increase the opportunities available and manage the HRM MSc placements programme. (more…)

How to get the right placement for you

In our first student blog, Georgina Hallgate, BA (Hons) Business, who’s currently on placement with Red C Marketing offers her advice for 2nd years starting their search.



Hello everyone!

As I have only been on placement with Red C Marketing for a month, I don’t feel equipped to tell you all the nitty gritty details about the wonderful world of a full time job just yet! However, I’d like to offer some wise words for students who are thinking about/ready to start looking for placements.


First piece of advice – Time is of the essence.

 Listen to the placement advisors when they say the old cliché, ‘the early bird catches the worm’. The more time you give yourself, the further you can delve into your research of the company, what it is that you want from your placement year and whether this company will even give it to you – I’m talking opportunities and skills rather than company cars here people!

By giving yourself a heap loads of time to research you can write a cracking CV and cover letter that is personalised to the company you are applying to. The lucky individuals at these companies who spend hours going through applications are going to want someone who clearly has a real interest in the business. That will shine through from the rest if you’ve really spent time getting to know them. You can do this from regular 5 minute visits to their website and following them on social media. (more…)

Welcome to the MMU Business School placements blog

Welcome to the first MMU Placement blog from the Business School Placement Office.  We’ve had a busy summer updating our marketing materials, working on an updated website (coming soon) and launching a blog!

We’ll have posts from the placement team, employers and from placement students, we’re hoping the blog will give you an insight into job roles and offer hints and tips for success.  We hope you’ll find this to be a useful resource within your placement search and beyond.