Your placement experience
The best source for information on what our students do while on placement is the LUMS Placement Profiles. The profiles include details on the companies and locations where students did their placement, a description of their job role, information on the responsibilities that they held and additional information on what the students gained from the experience.
Our students can be found in a wide range of roles including: Marketing Assistants, Business Analysts, Sales Coordinators, Auditors, HR Assistants, Brand Strategists and Logistics Interns- the possibilities for your placement year are endless.
It is very important that while on your placement you are working in a suitable job role at a graduate level. Our placement students are well educated and capable people so it is essential that they are in a position that reflects this – you will not spend your placement year making tea and doing the photocopying!
It is important to remember that for the 12 months you are on placement you are considered an employee of your employing organisation and thus will be treated in the same way you would if you were employed as a graduate. The most common comment that we receive from our returning placement students is that they were really surprised by the amount of responsibility that they were given – and this is what makes the placement experience so valuable.
Your industrial placement allows you to take the academic knowledge you have gained in your first two years at Lancaster University and apply it in a professional and practical environment.
While on placement you will develop skills that will assist you when hunting for a graduate job and also be of great benefit to you when you return for your final year of study at LUMS.
An industrial placement gives you the opportunity to experience team-based working – something that you won't have experienced as much in your academic work. These team-based experiences allow you to supplement your existing time-management and problem-solving skills with the ability to work collaboratively. This skill will prove to be of great benefit in your final year of university when dealing with group work and projects.
Students returning from their placement year are much more mature and able to see their academic subject in a wider perspective as they have been able to see first-hand how their degree subject applies in a practical context.
Graduate recruiters look for applicants with work experience, commercial awareness, professionalism and a good work ethic. Students who have undertaken an industrial placement have all these attributes and more – this is what makes them more employable.