The School of Economics offers a placement programme, which enables students to spend a year working in industry as an integral part of their degree. Recently students have undertaken placements at the Bank of England, Government Economic Service, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PwC. Students can transfer into this programme at any point during their first two years. The Year in Industry is taken between the second (Stage 2) and third years (Stage 3) and must be with a suitable employer, but the reference to 'in industry' is intended to cover employers in any service sector as well as in manufacturing.
The School's Director of Placements and Placement Co-ordinator work with the Careers and Employability Service to assist students in identifying businesses and organisations offering placements and internships. Both the School and Careers Advisory Service provide a reference bank of prior students who have completed successful placements in industry while studying at Kent, and also provide support in writing winning CVs or applications and developing skills for assessment centres and interviews.
"The most interesting aspect was getting to represent the Treasury in high profile situations; for example, supporting a budget debate at the House of Commons, accompanying a Minister on an official visit and presenting research at Number 10."
"You get real exposure to the fast paced working environment, this gives you a head start in what to expect when you start working as a graduate. I met so many people over the course of the year who supported me and taught me so much, both inside and outside the firm"
HM Treasury, Assistant Policy Adviser
"From the very beginning of my first year, the School provided employability advice and opportunities, including a talk about the GES from Professor Ulrike Hotopp, former Director for Analysis and Chief Economist at Defra. "