Does my part-time job count as work experience?

Part-time work provides students with a wealth of skills that can be used to bag a placement! Read one Accounting and Finance student’s view of how part-time work contributed to them securing a placement and furthering their ambition of pursuing a career in accounting.

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When I received my first Student Finance instalment, I was beyond ecstatic to see so many zeros in my bank account. However, that feeling did not last very long as I started buying things that I re…

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‘Challenging, exciting and inspiring!’ Life on placement with Shop Direct Group

Our latest blog post hears Manchester Met Marketing Management student Charlotte Howard’s account of her time on placement as a Talent Intern with Shop Direct Group. 

Don’t forget to check regularly for new placement opportunities on CareerHub!


Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I’m currently on placement at Shop Direct (based at the HQ in Liverpool) which is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, who own the companies Very, Very Exclusive & Littlewoods. My placement role is titled ‘Talent Intern’ and I sit within the People Team where all development and internal communication happens for the business as well as recruitment, employee relations & reward.

When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind? What types of roles did you apply for?

I was focused on getting a placement in marketing as this is what my degree is related to however, as time went on during my search, I kept an open mind and read through many job descriptions and realised that I shouldn’t limit myself to marketing alone as there are so many fantastic opportunities in marketing as well as in other sectors and industries. I applied for roles in marketing, digital marketing, HR, sales & supply chain.


Summer’s over.

Could there be a better quote to encourage you to apply for placements than this one, written by Manchester Met Sports Management student David Hartley?

“For those MMU students which are currently debating going on a placement or not – DO IT. It is worth the time and effort because these experiences that I and so many other students on placement are having, are invaluable to your development and future career.”

Read on to learn more about David’s personal placement experience so far.

Don’t forget that you can see the full list of currently advertised placements on CareerHub, and can use the services of the Placement Team to support you in perfecting your applications!

It’s been a little while since my last post, ‘An Incredible Six Weeks’, and all I can say is that the brilliant experience has continued. I’ve now reached October, four mont…

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Preparing for the Fair with ASOS

Great insights on preparing for the Graduate Job and Placement Fair from ASOS!  Have you checked out the Manchester Met Careers and Employability Blog yet? Its packed with great careers advice and info!

Ahead of our Graduate Job & Placement Fair on 2nd November, we’ve been chatting to some of the employers attending to find out more about them and help you prepare for the day. Interested in a …

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My placement at

If fashion is your thing then a placement with a leading retailer such as could be ideal for you.  In this post Marketing Management student Melanie Taylor tells us about life on placement as a Marketing Operations Intern.

Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am currently on placement at, located in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. I am the Marketing Operations intern, covering a broad spectrum of marketing activities such as international, events and more!


When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind? What types of roles did you apply for?

I was very selective when applying for my placement, a lot of my friends seemed to apply for every opportunity that popped up, but it took me a while to find one I liked the look of! Anyone searching for a placement should keep their options open and step outside their comfort zone where possible, but stay true to the area that you want to work in so that your passion shines through.


An incredible six weeks.

Manchester Met Sports Management student David Hartley is currently on his dream placement year with The Football Foundation, where he is employed as Communications Officer Intern. Read about his first six weeks on placement here, and look out for regular updates of his progress!

Going into my first day of placement at the start of June I was, like most people, apprehensive about what lay ahead in my new role at the Football Foundation. I can safely say that after the first…

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In our latest post, International Business Management Student Jonathan Foster shares his journey, tips and time management wisdom developed through his placement search and time spent on placement at global  software giant Microsoft.

Hello everyone!  My name is Jonny, a BA (Hons) International Business Management student and I am currently on my placement year at Microsoft as an EMEA Business Program Manager.

I wanted to write to you all out there who might be on course to find your perfect placement year and to give a little insight into my first 2 months at Microsoft.jonathan-foster

I started my Placement search in November and found my first Assessment Centre to be quite a challenge and wasn’t able to get a full offer – the experience was invaluable though and I learnt how to approach Assessment Centre’s and make the impact I wanted to, on the day.

My key tips for being successful and getting your first offer would be to never give up!

See every Assessment Centre as an opportunity to learn, grow and try new strategies.

Once you’ve mastered this you can then show your confidence and know-how to confidently make all the right moves to make a good impression with the recruiters.


Placement life: Inside Intel

In our latest post, Marketing Management student Cristian Filip gives us the inside scoop on placement life at the global giant Intel.  

Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am currently on placement at Intel Corporation in Shannon, Ireland. I work as a Marketing and Operations Intern, being a member of the NPG Market Development team.

When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind?

When I started looking for a placement, I didn’t have a specific company or role in mind. However, I knew that I wanted to spend my placement year in a multinational corporation, interact with as many business professionals as possible (from all over the world) and work in a Business role.cristian-filip

Why did you choose the sandwich placement route for your course, rather than the three-year option?

I decided to opt for the sandwich placement route because I felt that I would improve my existing skills, and develop new skills, as well as gaining relevant experience in the Business sector. Before I joined Intel I did an Agency Life Internship (at I-COM Manchester) that helped me understand how important it is to put in to practice what I learned at University, gaining new skills that can be transferred into any job role in the future.

Also, I realized that the Business/Marketing industry is a very competitive one and that a Placement at an international company could boost my CV and support me in differentiating myself from other candidates, when applying for a graduate position.


Where to begin?

Wondering ‘how’ and ‘where’ to start your placement search? Manchester Met Sports Management student David Hartley’s post on ‘where to begin’ provides top tips to get you started! David is currently on placement with The Football Foundation as a Communications Officer intern.

From the outset, the key to finding a good placement is having a high quality CV. From the moment you begin 2nd year and placements are brought up in lectures, visit the Student Hub and book yourse…

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How I got my graduate job…Jennifer’s story

If you are in need of inspiration to fuel your placement search check out this video for an insight into the power of placements, and how they can lead to a graduate role!

Final year Business Management student Jennifer Goddard is preparing to start her role as a Graduate Consultant for Lidl down in London. In this short video, Jennifer tells us about the benefits of…

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