Working with you to enhance your future
“The placement year is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop future career ideas and achieve further independence. My placement has thoroughly prepared me for graduation and has focused my future career aspirations. I am now more aware that the placement year, along with the outstanding support from the Placement Office, has given me a significant competitive advantage over all of those other students I may be competing against for jobs."
Matt Burton, Fujitsu Services
You can view videos of students talking about their placement experiences on our Digital Channel
Why take a degree with a placement year?
- You can gain real experience with graduate level responsibility
- You will be able to try out a career path
- You will significantly improve your graduate employment prospects
- You have the opportunity to earn a salary
Aston University’s Placement Team
Aston Business School has one of the largest placement programmes in the UK with nearly 600 students on placement each year. We have been managing work placement and internships for over 30 years throughout the UK, Europe and beyond and have a very active Placement Office team dedicated to helping students find a work or a study placement.
The Aston Advantage
Many organisations are now selecting only a small number of universities to advertise their work placement opportunities with and Aston is a priority university. Organisations actively seek Aston Business School students as they are well prepared for their placement year. The practical nature of the modules in the first and second years mean students have worked with case studies, group projects and have taken part in a simulated business game. This means that they can really hit the ground running in their placement organisation.
How will I find a work placement?
Through Aston Business School's excellent business links
We have built up relationships with over 1500 organisations and each year we advertise around 2000 opportunities to students on our dedicated placement intranet. You can search the intranet by type of job, location or organisation and each advert is linked to the organisation website.
Through comprehensive help and support
- We run lectures and workshops on putting together a CV, tackling application forms, assessment centres and interview skills
- We arrange for organisations to come onto campus to give presentations to students and to run workshops on topics such as presentation and interview skills
- Students can book mock interviews and one to one appointments with our placement staff
- Students have access to reports written by previous placement students - these contain lots of valuable information to help prepare you.
"The support provided by the Placement Office is extremely helpful when you are hunting for a placement, as it helps you gain a better understanding of the recruitment process and learn how to link your previous experience to what the employers look for. Making full use of the services provided by the Placement Office is crucial to a successful placement search.”
Sihui Zeng, KPMG
What type of jobs do students do?
Placements are available in all areas of business; here are just a few examples of recent placement jobs:
Marketing Specialist - Intel
Project Manager – General Motors
Resources Management Assistant – IBM
Operations Analyst – Goldman Sachs
Assurance Business Placement - PWC
What company could I be working for?
View a list of example companies
Will I earn a salary?
The average salary for placements in the UK is £14,000 nationwide. Overseas salaries vary depending on the country.
Some organisations pay very high salaries whilst some public sector placements such as local councils and health authorities pay lower salaries. Students may also choose to work in the voluntary or charity sector too, on an unpaid basis. Tuition fees are £1000 for this year, but you may qualify for scholarship help
Do international students earn a salary?
International students are able to draw a salary during their placement year which can help to off-set tuition fee costs. During the placement year the tuition fee is greatly reduced. Tuition fees for the placement year will be £2,100 (this figure has yet to be confirmed).
In addition to the financial benefits, the year also provides valuable international work experience which can be a big selling point when students return home to seek employment. A number of students have found placements in recent years and many companies particularly value the language skills offered by international students.
The Placement Office offers extra support in the form of presentations, surgery sessions, workshops and one to one appointments to international students interested in taking a work or study placement.
“The Placement Office offered immense assistance and made the whole process of placement search easy: the surgery sessions and one-to-one interview I had, fully prepared me for real interviews and assessment centres I attended, but most importantly, all the combined advice and the international students session were helpful as it made me feel that I had tailored support for my needs.” Eki Aghedo, Merck Sharp and Dohme
Where will I be located?
Placements are available throughout the UK and some are based in overseas locations (English is the working language). Recently students have worked in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Latvia, China, USA, Singapore, Dubai, India and Chile. Students are also able to take part in a wide range of study exchange programs.
How is the year assessed/monitored?
- The year contributes 10% to the final degree result
- We assign each student with a placement tutor who visits the student and meets the company supervisors
- Students write an essay and keep a reflective learning journal of their progress in the company and write a report on their placement experience
- The Placement Office staff are on hand throughout the year and we use a virtual learning environment to keep placement students in touch with each other and the University while they are away.
Students who are studying either International Business and Management or International Business and Modern Languages are required to take their placement overseas. However any student can choose to go abroad. The options for the placement year include an international study exchange
, a work placement overseas
, or, in some cases, a combination of both.
To find out more about work and study placements abroad please go to our international pages
Benefits for the final year of study
Many students have found that taking a placement for a year can greatly enhance their confidence, time management, report writing and communication skills. Consequently, Aston Business School students often do much better in their final year of study and we have a very high level of 2:1 degree results!
“ I very much doubt that I would have been prepared for the workload and expectations of my final year if it had not been for the experience of my placement year. It helped me develop invaluable organisation and communication skills, as well as teaching me how to deal with the stress of working to various deadlines at the same time”.
Tom Grunwell, PWC
Furthermore, approximately 30% of organisations offer their placement students a job on graduation. Having secured a job, students can concentrate on their studies in the final year without the worry of job hunting.
Placement Team contact details