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Frequently Asked Questions

What companies can I complete a placement with?

Our students have completed placements at organisations ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to major multinationals (including those found in the 23-24 Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.) Examples include:
Adobe | ALDI | Amazon | Apple | Airbus | ASDA | Bank of England | British Airways | BMW | Bupa | Burberry | Civil Service | Cummins | Deloitte | Department for Transport | ERAC | EY | First Direct | GES | Grant Thornton | GSK | HM Treasury | Hewlett Packard Enterprises | Hilton | HSBC | IBM | Jacobs Douwe Egberts | John Lewis | Johnson and Johnson | Kenvue | KPMG | Lloyds Banking Group | L’Oreal | Mazars | Microsoft | Morgan Stanley | NBC Universal | NHS and NHS Digital | Nike | O2 | Oracle | PwC | Randstad | Rolls Royce | Samsung | SAP | Siemens | Sony | Toyota | THG | UBS | Unilever | University of Leeds | Vodafone | VW Financial Services | Walt Disney Company

Where can I find Year in Industry positions?

New placement vacancies are added to MyCareer regularly. Sign up for targeted alerts so you are the first to hear about opportunities you may be interested in. Join the scheme 'Exclusive to Leeds' (previously known as ‘Leeds Internship programme’) to hear about exclusive opportunities available to Leeds students.

The University of Leeds Careers Service has a page dedicated to finding work, with several useful third-party websites. Ones that may be particularly helpful are Bright Network (this includes a deadline tracker of upcoming closing dates for placements), Prospects, Milkround, and RateMyPlacement.

The LUBS Employability and Opportunity team send out a fortnightly newsletter for undergraduates. This includes a section highlighting placement year opportunities that have come through the team inbox.

You can also check company websites, as some employers do not advertise their positions on job boards.

What supports are in place to help secure a Year in Industry placement?

An optional second-year module, From Study to Work provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to obtain and prepare for work placements. Workshops by top graduate employers and the Module Leader, Sumayyah Qudah, will cover key stages in the recruitment process, including making applications, being successful at interviews and dealing with assessment centres.

Placement Hunt Club is a regular employability session during term time led by Dr Joanne Dickinson, the Business School’s Senior Employability and Placements Officer. Placement Hunt Club offers expert advice on where to find industrial placements and offers support and guidance through the application process.

MyCareer offers links to Resources and Pathways that can help you with different stages of the application process. Including advice on speculative applications, a CV (and Cover Letter) Checker, Psychometric testing support from Graduates First, and an online Practice Interviewer.

There is also the option to book a Work Placement (LUBS) appointment through MyCareer to speak to a member of our team, who can support you with job applications and interview preparation. You can also book Application Support and Mock Interview appointments with the central Careers Service.

Will I still have access to university services whilst on placement?

Yes, you will remain enrolled at the University of Leeds during your placement year and will be entitled to access all student services. Students will also be assigned a Placement Tutor who will stay in touch with you to ensure that everything is going well throughout the year.

When are Year in Industry placement opportunities advertised

Most placements will start from July – September following the completion of your second year, though occasionally some will begin slightly earlier or later.

Each industry and employer has different timelines for when roles are advertised. Some LUBS students secure early offers midway through semester 1. However, the majority who receive offers will get these throughout semester 2.

During the 23-24 recruitment cycle, some employers opened and closed their applications during the summer break. If you are interested in applying for placements at a particular company, keep an eye on their website.

Can I do both a Year in Industry and a Study Abroad year?

Unfortunately not.

We also advise against applying for both a Stud Abroad year and a Year in Industry, as if you secure a Year Abroad place and later withdraw that place cannot be re-allocated.

However, our summer school programmes are a great way for students to have a short-term experience abroad either before or after their placement year. You can also consider applying for Year in Industry placements overseas.

Will I be offered a job at the end of my placement?

Some students are offered the opportunity to return in a full-time role upon graduation, but this is dependent on your placement provider. Even if you do not get offered a permanent role, you will have automatically increased your chances of securing a graduate job by completing industry-level work experience.

Contact us

You can contact the LUBS Work Placements Team by email at lubsplacements@leeds.ac.uk. Our online open hours are Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm (except for bank holidays and closure days).