KBS placement case studies

Participating in a placement year as part of your degree course could help you get ahead of the competition when it comes to finding a graduate job. Hear what some of our students say about their current placement along with some tips and advice about applying for a work placement.

Keele Business School undergraduate placements

Cameron Corden, a business management and marketing student is undertaking a logistics placement at Asda

I decided to undertake a placement because:
It would help me stand out from the crowd when entering the graduate job market, along with helping me develop skills which I wouldn't get to develop at university.

The best thing/s about my placement is:
Being able to be part of corporate projects which I wouldn't have got the chance to do otherwise.

A placement will help me in my final year as:
I now have experience of working in a large organisation with real life case studies I can use.

If you could give a student one piece of advice about securing a placement it would be:
Power through and apply for as many as possible. It takes time but you will get you in the end.

 

Matthew Cupac, an economics and politics student is undertaking a placement at the Government Economic Service, Office for National Statistics 

I decided to undertake a placement year:
In order to gain experience in a potential career role. It would be valuable for me to confirm whether this indeed is something I want to pursue in the future, or that I may wish to consider other career paths.

The best thing/s about my placement is:
The people you work with and the knowledge they have. From the day I was integrated into my team I was surrounded by expertise and guidance, and directed in areas which allow me to develop skills and knowledge in wider areas around the organisation.

A placement will help me in my final year to:
Prioritise my time and work to a deadline. The workload is substantial so prioritising it into what is essential and desirable is a valuable skill which will easily translate back into academic learning.

If I could give a student one piece of advice about securing a placement it would be:
To be enthusiastic. Obviously technical skills are required and are important, but skills can be gained over time. Employers ultimately desire people who have a genuine interest in working for them, and are enthusiastic about the organization.

 

Rachel Lokier, a business management and mathematics student is undertaking a finance analyst placement at IBM

I decided to undertake a placement because:
I wasn't sure what career I wanted to go into after university, and a placement year was a great way to gain some experience and see if this was a career I would want to pursue.

The best thing/s about my placement are: 
The new people I have met, the break from uni stress and a freedom to experience the working world on my own.

A placement will help me in my final year as:
I have 100% improved my time keeping and organisation skills. I can use this when it comes to assignments and work loads.

If you could give a student one piece of advice about securing a placement it would be:
To ensure you be yourself throughout the recruitment process so you stand out from the generic answers, and get involved in the things that interest you throughout the year so you get the most out of it.

Suleman Mughal, an economics and finance student is undertaking a placement at the Government Economic Service, Office for National Statistics

I decided to undertake a placement because:
I felt I did not have adequate work experience in my field of study at the time, so I wanted to gain relevant work experience as this will have an advantage over others in future graduate applications.

The best thing/s about my placement is:
That even though it’s an economics placement, I'm not only learning about economics in a completely new light, but also data analysis and statistics, subjects I don't study much at university, as well as access to learn other disciplines too. Having access to learning resources that I don't have at university, such as learning Python coding from experienced data analysts, and training courses with other economists has allowed me to diversify my knowledge and skill set.

A placement will help me in my final year as:
I now have industry knowledge and experience in Economics, allowing me to be better informed on what aspects employers find most appealing in applications. I have also become more confident with Economics in general, now having a greater understanding of concepts put into action in public policy, which I can apply in my third year.

If I could give you one piece of advice about securing a placement it would be:
To apply to as many as possible, even if you think you won't get it. Worst thing they can do is say no and you learn from the experience anyway. Also look up what the specific skills an employer wants in a candidate, like certain competencies and have examples to back yourself in your application.

Matthew Rogers, a business and economics student us undertaking a placemement at the Government Economic Service, Office for National StatisticsBusiness and Economics

I decided to undertake a placement because:
I was looking to gain some experience in the world of work and to hopefully narrow down what I would like to do after finishing university. It will also increase my employability when I have finished university.

The best thing about my placement is:
The variety of different work that I do and I have the opportunity to do lots of research as well as presentations and paper writing. 

A placements will help me in my final year as:
I will have significantly greater researching capabilities and my paper writing skills will also have improved a vast amount.

If I could give a student one piece of advice about securing a placement it would be:
To not give up, keep trying regardless of how many applications you think you have done. Perseverance is key. And if you're lucky enough to make it to interview, just be yourself.

Hamish Scott, a business management and economics student is undertaking a GBS alliances and growth engines support placement at IBM

I decided to undertake a placement because:
I wanted to do a placement to experience working in a corporate environment and utilise the skills and knowledge I had learnt at university.

The best thing/s about my placement is:
I really enjoy the amount of responsibility I am given, I feel as though I'm contributing to my team and to IBM.

A placement will help me in my final year as:
My placement has allowed me to develop new skills and give me a better understanding of multinational corporations and business processes.

If I could give a student one piece of advice about securing a placement it would be:
To apply to everything you think you might be interested in as you don't really know what the role will be like until the interview stage.

 

Meghan Kingsley-Walsh, an economics and maths student is on sales intern placement at Nintendo

During my time at Nintendo I have met so many amazing people. Everyone is so friendly, well that is until it comes to Mario Kart at lunch and then it’s war. It’s safe to say no two days are the same at Nintendo, one day I will be comprising my own sales reports to present and the next I’ll be standing on a field getting blown away by helicopters volunteering with Starlight. It’s hectic and ever changing but I have already grown so much and I am ready for the year ahead, bring it on! 

Meghan, economics and maths student on placement at Nintendo