Our Work Placement Module
All students studying Humanities subjects can choose to take a Work Placement module in their second year, taught by an academic member of staff and a member of the Careers and Employability team. During the module, students complete a 75-hour placement of their choice involving them in meaningful projects and allowing them to utilise the skills they have developed as part of their degree. Our students have secured placements in a wide variety of workplaces.
They also benefit from the advice of invited guests including former students, local employers, and Keele alumni. During the module, all students complete a portfolio that they can show to potential future employers.
Naomi Peach (History BA)
"I completed my work placement at the Brampton Museum in Newcastle-under-Lyme. While I was there, my role was to research an area of the museum’s collection (I was given a collection of local clay pipes), accessioning the objects into the museum’s physical and digital records, before cleaning, marking and packing the objects to archival standards. I then curated a small display from my research and wrote a small article for a local magazine."
"This placement gave me an invaluable insight into the industry I want to have a career in, giving me hands-on experience that confirmed for me that this is what I want to do when I have finished my degree. Furthermore, it has given me the opportunity to be involved in object conservation which I have not previously had a chance to experience and have been pursuing further as a direct result of this placement."
Aman Kaur (English and Psychology BA)
"My work placement provider was Kumon Educational Japan Co. Ltd., a global education provider that aims to provide students with tutoring guidance in the subjects of Mathematics and English. The module was extremely enjoyable – one of my favourites of my degree. I was able to network with people in a corporate hierarchy and was able to attain lifelong networks that would aid my professional career and heighten key skills for future employment."
"The experience showed me the importance of time management, communication, and professionalism, something I feel is so important to my development as a student and future professional."
"Overall, I believe an experience like this from a taught module is so necessary and something that I feel all students should take part in to truly gain a real insight into the world of work and life outside of University."
Amy talks about her experience of the Work Placement module.