An industrial placement can greatly enhance your studies and have a dramatic impact on your graduate choices. You gain invaluable workplace experience, get paid and have the chance to assess a particular career path.
Gain workplace experience
All of our undergraduate degrees offer you the opportunity to take a year in industry. The year takes place between your second and final years of study. You work in real-life, business critical roles, putting into practice the knowledge you have gained and learning new skills. Some students are offered a graduate job by their placement companies and some collaborate with their placement employer on their final-year project
My work ethic has greatly improved. The placement year gave me an idea of what I want to focus on when I graduate.
Our full-time taught Master’s students can undertake a work placement of between eight and 50 weeks. You work in real-life technical and business roles, utilising your skills and gaining new ones. The experience you gain on your placement gives you an extra edge when applying for jobs in the future.
It is possible to take your placement locally in Kent, elsewhere in the UK or perhaps overseas.
Extensive links with industry
Students in the School of Computing have been undertaking placements for many years. We have developed relationships with hundreds of companies across many industries both in the UK and overseas. These include:
Help and support
We provide lots of advice and support throughout your studies to prepare you for your year in industry. This includes inviting students who are part-way through their placement back to campus for a day, so that they can share their experiences of working in industry with you.
You are responsible for finding your own placement but are supported by the School’s Placement Team. Dedicated to helping you get the right job, the Placement Team offer lots of practical support, including:
checking your CV (resumé), letters and applications
holding an up-to-date copy of your CV on file ready to forward to companies at your request
helping you prepare for interviews and assessment centres
advertising relevant jobs via email
visiting you and monitoring your welfare during your placement. For short placements or those located overseas the visit may be replaced by a formal telephone/Skype meeting.
The School's Placement Team were outstanding, they have helped to open up so many opportunities for me.
The School is a member of the Association of Sandwich Education and Training (ASET), the professional body for placement and employability staff. Membership ensures that the Placement Team is kept up-to-date with best practice in the field of work-based learning.
Please note we cannot guarantee that every student will find a placement.
If you are considering coming to Kent as either an undergraduate or a Master's student and want to find out more about our placements, please contact us.