Focusing in on your placement year search, the application process and decisions based around getting a placement alongside your studies can raise lots of questions. We have advice from another student who has been where you are now and has completed her placement year and returned for her final year of study.
Lucy, Management Student, Digital Marketing Placement at Warner Bros.
I knew I wanted to do Digital Marketing, I have my own blog and was really passionate about getting a placement to help me stand out in the graduate market when applying for digital marketing roles in the future. I was really passionate about going into a field I was interested in so used that to narrow my search. I applied to 5 placements, but with my first application I was rejected. I ended up getting an offer from both L’Oreal and Warner Bros. and had to decide which company was the best fit for me. I chose Warner Bros. because the placement was a broader role within Digital Marketing which is what I wanted.
My placement was an exciting experience and I was involved in all large film campaigns. I worked in a small team which enabled to take on a lot of responsibility. I worked cross divisionally which was really interesting and allowed me to learn about the business as a whole.
It was the best year of my life, I gained so much confidence in my knowledge and experience and I have so much more confidence looking at graduate and entry level jobs.
My top tips for securing a placement
Get your CV checked and spell check it! I can tell you having read lots of CVs for my placement year replacement, it’s a big turn off when you haven’t paid attention to detail. In assessment centres, be yourself. Once you have made it that far in the process the recruiters are looking for whether or not you will fit into the company culture and team.
You can ask Lucy questions on the Placement Year Facebook Group.
Remember we are hosting our next session, Placement Year: Hot Chocolate & Mince Pies on 29th November 3-5pm, come along and join us.