|In a highly competitive labour market where work experience is often expected, a placement gives students a head start in finding graduate employment. A high quality short term placement or a year-long placement integrated into a degree helps students develop transferable skills, build industry contacts, improve degree outcomes and clarify their career goals.|
More than a third of students who take a placement year with large, graduate employers go on to secure employment with the company. Furthermore, by choosing an international placement, students acquire invaluable cultural and global understanding – an impressive addition to any CV.
Alliance universities are delivering on their students’ high expectations for in-work opportunities during their studies. Alliance students benefit from their university’s excellent links with business and the professions, graduating with a good degree and relevant experience that employers look for. Recognising the advantages to students’ employability, our universities provide more than half of the year-long in-course placements in the UK. This section gives some examples of how Alliance universities are giving their students a distinct advantage in the graduate labour market through in-work opportunities.
Student expectation and satisfaction of in-work opportunities
Alliance students had higher than average expectations of participating in a placement and were highly satisfied with the opportunity to do so as part of their course (72% compared with 66% globally).