How to find work experience

There are lots of opportunities for help if you do not already have a placement. We have identified some of the support that is available from the Placements Team and the University’s careers service, Careers Network.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a placement arranged for the module. If you don’t have a placement and are planning on choosing the module, or have already done so, please let us know what your work experience interests are by completing our Placement Plans form which will be sent to you following module registration. 

Finding work experience

Careers Network are available throughout to provide careers support and can help you in your search for work experience.

From deciding what to do to making your first approach to a company, the Internships and Work Experience team have created useful Work Experience Guidance pages to help you find a placement.

 

 

 

Bank of placements

The module’s dedicated Placements Team are going out to find placements for students in the public, private and voluntary sectors and these placements will be advertised to students on the module’s Canvas course. Students will have to apply to these placements directly and undergo a recruitment process set by the employer.

Funding options

You may secure an unpaid placement and therefore require financial assistance to cover travel and out-of-pocket expenses - please see some of the funding options that are available at the University:

  • The Turing Scheme is the UK’s global programme to study and work abroad. A minimum of £120 a week is available to support international summer work placements. Additional funding is available depending on the destination and/or if you are a widening participation student. Placements must be a minimum of 4 weeks and maximum of 8 weeks in duration, occurring between June and August 2022.  Register your interest with the Placements Team who can support you through the Turing Scheme’s application process and help you to apply for international placement opportunities.  

  • Student Support Fund - The Student Support Fund (SSF) is a discretionary grant, offering non-repayable support of up to £2,500 in an academic year. All applications will be means-tested, therefore some applications will be unsuccessful.
  • College of Social Sciences Student Enhancement Fund - This scheme allows students to take greater control of their own personal development, encouraging creative thinking about enhancement opportunities. Please contact your School’s Student Experience Officer for more information and find out how you can apply.

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