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De Montfort University

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“Can I take this opportunity to tell you that Frontrunners has been a brilliant experience for me and something I’m very grateful for, and I wholly believe that it was a big factor in me getting a job at Ofcom.”

Elle Hall, Programming Frontrunner

“I have gained hands-on marketing experience and that means that I am in a better position to give real-life examples and demonstrate my skills in a professional work environment in job interviews. In addition, my confidence has really increased and that in itself is a bonus!”

Priya Mahida, Business Studies student and Marketing Assistant Frontrunner

Frontrunners is De Montfort University’s (DMU) internal placement scheme. DMU students can put what they’ve learnt in their academic course into practice in the
workplace through paid placements working for DMU.

Frontrunner roles range from office-based opportunities through to lab-based, research-focused roles. Placements are either three, six or nine months in length and for up to 12 hours per week during term time and 20 hours per week over the summer. Placement proposals from staff across the university are assessed by the central Frontrunners team to ensure that projects provide graduate track employment experiences complementing students’ academic qualifications.

The application process is a great learning opportunity. It is designed to mirror what students might encounter when applying for a graduate job; from the application form through to the panel interview and presentation.

All students gain interview practice and are given feedback. Students who fail to get a placement are targeted for job application, interview and CV training and other support from the Careers and Employability team to ensure that when they are applying for an external role they are better prepared.

Elle Hall was a Programming Frontrunner with the university radio station, Demon FM. She worked with the programme teams to develop their presentation skills and programme content, whilst ensuring that the broadcast material complied with the Broadcasting Code of the national communications regulator, Ofcom. Using the experience and skills that she developed while at Demon FM Elle started a graduate role at Ofcom in October.

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