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…)


Placement Life at MEC: Not only useful for the future but a lot of fun!

If your placement search hasn’t quite panned out as you hoped yet, don’t worry!

Our latest blog post follows Economics student Jess Vasey on her journey through her own placement search, and is a brilliant example of how the skills you have built up so far in your degree may take you in a direction you haven’t anticipated yet!

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

I am on placement at MEC Manchester and I work in the Analytics and Insight Department as a Media Trainee.

This involves providing insights into data to help other teams with pitch work for new and existing clients so they understand their audience better and can generate ideas that are proved to be successful.

My role also involves measuring the performance of previous and running campaigns.

It also involves streamlining any reports and making them more efficient. We try to make day to day jobs as quick and automated as possible.

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

When I first started searching for placements I was determined to achieve an economic consultant role. However, as there were only a few specific employers offering this role very early on in the academic year and this is a hard placement to achieve, once I was rejected I started looking into fields that would help me one day achieve an economic consultancy role and found that I would need experience in data analysis.

Even if the job is not the one you really wanted, finding a placement that will build skills for that role in future is extremely useful.

I study Economics and have ended up working in a media agency which I never thought would have happened at the beginning of the year. (more…)

Selling your Skills on Applications: Why it’s Important and How to do it

For this week’s post Lynn Gregory from the Placements Team guides you through a subject that comes up regularly in 1-to-1s; the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of selling your skills on a placement application.

As we all know, applying for placements is a highly competitive process with the sourcing, researching and initial application process demanding your ongoing commitment and time, so how can you maximise the chances of your application being shortlisted for the next stage of an organisation’s application process?


Passionate? How do you demonstrate it in your placement applications?

So, you’ve found your dream placement, you’ve got all the skills and attributes they’re looking for and you know you could do the job but how do you demonstrate the ‘passion’ they’re looking for? In our latest blog Anna Worsley, Placements and Project Coordinator, offers her hints and tips for demonstrating passion to an employer.

A quick scan of the vacancies on our system shows that recruiters are looking for more than your academic prowess and your transferable skills such as communication and teamwork skills they’re looking for you to demonstrate passion;

  • “Passion for sport and fashion”
  • “Passion for marketing”
  • “Interest and knowledge of cars”
  • “Passion for money saving”
  • “Strong interest in gaming”
  • “knowledge of the film and entertainment industry”

How can you evidence and demonstrate your passion to employers? (more…)

Meet the team – Anna Worsley

It has been a while since our last ‘meet the team’ blog post, so here goes with mine, I’m Anna and I’m a Placements and Project Coordinator.

Anna Worsley

What does your job involve?

I support second year students in their search for placements. You’ll often find me in 1-to-1s discussing CVs, cover letters, application forms, interviews and assessment centres.  When I’m not in 1-to-1s I speak to employers who’re looking to offer placements, I co-manage our postgraduate internship programme and I manage this blog…quite a lot to squeeze into 2 days in the office! (more…)

What is it really like working in Internal Communications at Vauxhall?

Chloe Duncan, BA (Hons) Public Relations and Digital Communications, has been working at Vauxhall for the last 4 months read about her experience so far and get an insight into her role in her blog.

I am studying (BA Hons) Public Relations and Digital Communications Management at Manchester Metropolitan University but I am currently on placement at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port.

My job title at Vauxhall is the Internal Communications Assistant so a lot of the work I do every day is very beneficial and relative to my university course. (more…)

Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Work Experience

In our latest student blog Beth Henderson, BA (Hons) Public Relations and Digital Communications, currently on placement as Content and Outreach Executive at Return on Digital explains the value of work experience.  Read about some of her experiences whilst applying for placements and her advice if you are unsure about applying for a placement year. 

Placement student Beth Henderson

It had been drilled into me throughout second year, and in fact first year, that building my CV with quality experience was going to make me stand out from the crowd, make the employer of my dreams see only me in a room of 100 applicants, help me take that first step onto my ideal career path.

However, after being one of the first students to secure a place for Agency Life, and at an amazing digital marketing agency, Return on Digital, I was quick to shrug off the pressure to transform my standard, run of the mill CV into something so exciting it makes every employer’s hearts race.

This didn’t last long. When it came to applying for placements, I realised that what my lecturers had been telling me for the last two years, was in fact the truth – fancy that! (more…)

A business placement within the NHS

In this blog Emma Hardy, BA (Hons) Business Sandwich, tells us more about her placement year at the NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Read on to find out more about what she does, how she secured the role and where to apply if you’re interested in this placement in 2015/16.

My Placement

I am currently on placement at the NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based in Macclesfield; which is responsible for planning, buying and monitoring healthcare services for the local population of 204,000 people. NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are dotted around the country and are allocated a budget each year by NHS England. CCGs are responsible for commissioning healthcare services based upon the local population’s needs. (more…)

Placement searching: a student’s guide

In our latest blog Alice Sharpe, BA (Hons) Sports Management and Marketing, offers her top tips to help you in your placement search.  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Hi I’m Alice,  a 20 year old Triathlete studying Sports Management and Marketing here at Manchester Metropolitan University. I’m currently on a placement year at Manchester City Council, where I am working as part of the Major Sports Events team. I’m really enjoying seeing my passion for sport turn into a career.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when searching for a placement so here are MY top tips;

  1. Start looking early:

Think of what sort of job field you would like to go into, check you have the right sort of experience. If you don’t you will have started early enough to go and get this experience. Look for volunteering opportunities via the Union’s Volunteer bureau; it’s a fantastic resource and a chance to network! You never know who you might meet. (more…)

Your placement search, our top tips

We know that, for many, finding and applying for placements can be a long and tough process but we’re hoping these top tips, written by Julie Clare one of our Placement and Projects Co-ordinator, will help you through it.  
  • Start early – the first term of your second year is ideally when you should start to apply for placements that will commence the following summer. Large national and international organisations will advertise their placements early in the autumn term between October and January. Many of these will involve online application forms. From January onwards recruitment will open up more widely across the country and you’ll start to see more companies, including SMEs getting on-board.
  • Be open-minded – by being open minded about the type of role you want to do, pay and location, this will open up the range of possibilities available to you. If there is an employer you haven’t heard of then don’t rule them out. Do some research and find out more about them.