Year in Industry

What can you do in a year?

Employability matters. It's important to us, and to you. Through our innovative industry collaborations you can add a year in industry to many of our courses. Gain vital experience alongside your degree to kick-start your career.

Award-winning placements.

The Careers and Employability Service is proud and excited to be ranked as one of the best organisations for Work Experience and Placements in the National Rate My Placement Awards.  

Going beyond the classroom.

All of our teaching is designed to have employability embedded, but you don't need to stop there!

Taking a year in industry is the perfect way to boost your career prospects and get a head start on the job market after you graduate. You'll gain real world experience - not only helping your CV - but giving you a taste of industry, which is crucial in making your future a reality. 

You'll discover what you want to do, and how you'll get there. We already know you have the confidence and commitment to thrive in the workplace and kick-start your career. This is your chance to prove it, to yourself and to employers.

Don't just take our word for it though. We have loads of fantastic students and grads who took the opportunity of a year in industry and reaped the benefits!

Any questions? We have the answers.

When should I start looking? In the summer of your first year; placements must be secured by 31 August in your second year. 

Where can I get help finding a placement? Book an appointment with a placement adviser via the careers service. 

Will I get paid? Most of our placements are paid. 

Do I have to pay tuition fees? Yes, you’ll pay a substantially reduced fee, currently £1,850, which for UK students is covered by Student Finance. 

Where can I get visa advice if I’m an international student? Kent Union can help with any visa queries. 

Does the University keep in touch? You receive four-weekly check-in emails, a visit from the team every three months and you can reach out to us any time by email or phone. 

Do I work for a full year? The minimum requirement for an industrial placement is 44 weeks.

Get inspired

Forge your own path.

If you're studying in Kent Business School (KBS), you can choose to spend a year being supported by expert staff in launching your own business. 

You will also earn a salary similar to that as students taking a year in industry, it's a real chance to have KBS invest in your skills and potential.