Stage 2 (Year in Industry)
Where to find 12-months’ placements/internships
On this page:
- Main placement sites (placements, information, tips)
- Additional sites (including social media)
- London-based placements
- Sector-specific placements (e.g. Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Retail)
- International placements (worldwide, Europe, USA)
For placements advertised exclusively to KBS students please sign into your placement Moodle module on a weekly basis (click on DP4525 below).
1. Main placement sites
Tip: when searching online, use different criteria for a wider range of results, e.g. marketing placement, industrial placement, 12-months internship, 1-year placements, etc.
- RateMyPlacement (run by ex-placement students, well-established)
- Inside Careers (major UK graduate careers organisation – finance, banking, tax, insurance)
- STEP – for placements with Small and Medium Enterprises
- Graduate Prospects (major UK graduate careers organisation)
- TargetJobs (major UK graduate careers organisation)
- Careers and Employability Service (CES), University of Kent
Sign up at the University’s jobs database and have placements emailed to you. These are specifically targeted at the University of Kent. Select Work Experience. The CES uses Prospects Net software, and the placements are different from those advertised at Graduate Prospects for all universities in the UK.
- Fledglings (dedicated site for mostly 1-year work experience jobs with small and large employers, not included in RateMyPlacement) – now incorporated into theBigChoice/Placements
- LinkedIn (you need to have a LInkedIn account, then use job search, using different criteria, see tip above)
- Student Ladder (select degree/2nd year for placements, organized by sectors/employers, includes finance, public sector, property and charity)
2. Additional sites
- Bright Futures, University of Kent branch; National Student organization with great employer information about vacancies and organisations and career and application resources
- Employment for Students – e4s – UK based recruitment site for placements (and also internships, gap year positions, part-time jobs and graduate vacancies)
- Graduate Jobs (also list internship vacancies) and useful tips at the bottom of the page)
- Placement UK (placements in the UK between 6 and 12 months; typically pay minimum wage, sometimes between £500 and £700 per month; with smaller organisations; would suit someone who is able to live locally with family/relatives)
- Real World
- Twitter Jobs
- WikiJob (sign in via Facebook)
- Work Placement (also student guide to placements)
3. London-based placements
Efinancial Careers – for finance placements (predominantly London, but not all)
SEO – investment banking and finance placements and internships for students from ethnic minorities; recently also opportunities in other sectors), including advertising, corporates, technology, law and creative industries (including advertising).
4. Sector-specific placements
- SEO – placements and internships for students from ethnic minorities; recently added advertising)
Accountancy, banking and finance
- EfinancialCareers (for finance placements; predominantly London)
- InRetail (includes management finance placements in retail sector)
- Inside Careers (look for Industrial Placement)
- Student Ladder – for placements including finance, public sector, property and charity
- General and London-based placement sites above include finance and banking.
Fashion (incl. marketing, merchandising, buying, e-commerce)
- Getin2Marketing -sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Marketing; for any student interested in Marketing
- General and London-based placement sites above include marketing.
Retail (incl. fashion)
- Fashionworkie – includes merchandising, marketing and other roles in fashion
- In Retail – also includes other management functions within retail sector (e.g. management finance, supply-chain, sales)
- Student Ladder (retail section; click on Degree 2nd year)
- Also, look up websites of specific retailers you are interested in,
For example, John Lewis
- Plus general and London-based placement sites above.
5. International placements
1) One-year placements are not the norm in other countries, therefore finding a placement will be more challenging. However, the KBS placement and employability staff and the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Kent will support you.
2) Current KBS students: In the first instance, have a look at your Placement Moodle page (available only to Stage 2 students on the Year in Industry programme). You will find the contact details of students who have returned from a placement abroad and those who are currently working abroad. Look for:
Stage 3 and Stage S contact details
There is a good chance that the current placement employer might be interested in continuing the placement by recruiting another KBS student, and you can network and find out more from a current student who works in the country you’re interested in.
3) Getting approval: When you have found a placement abroad, you must obtain approval from the Head of Placements and Employability, Debbie Kemp. Email her, attaching a job description for the proposed placement.
4) Placements in the USA: If you are looking for a placement in the USA, please note that the term placements is not used there. The term to use is ‘internship’, irrespective of duration.
5) Finding placements abroad: For other resources for placements abroad go to the section Work Experience Abroad on this blog. Click here.
6) Requirements & job hunting resources: Be sure that you’re clear about the requirements for the country you wish to work in, because every country has its own dos and don’ts. To check this, look up your chosen country at Graduate Prospects or at Going Global. You will also find additional job hunting resources listed by country, visa and other useful information.
7) Creative job hunting: You might also like to use Google for your research, typing in different criteria in the relevant language, making sure that you call it 12-month internship, or 12-month placement, 1-year placement, 1-year internship, 1-year work experience and so on. You can also use the tips about creative Job Hunting on this blog and apply these as appropriate.