Careers and Employability Centre



The quickest and easiest way to find the information you need is to search our FAQ:

What should I do next?

Access the Placements Tracker to view your step-by-step progress:

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 "‘There’s no question a placement year looks fantastic to employers, and is often an easier route to a great learning experience than applying to trainee positions after graduation."

Justin Crow, Brandwatch placement 2014-2015

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"It was a brilliant experience that completed my time at Sussex and I would definitely recommend the placement option to students as it opens doors that you wouldn’t necessarily have access to otherwise and provides you with priceless life experiences."

Bella Eldred-Smith, MINT Partners placement 2013-2014

Why do a Placement?

More and more graduate employers are looking for relevant experience, and a paid, year-long professional placement can put you way ahead of the competition. It's a fantastic experience that can give you an idea of what you want to do (or not do) in the future and will really help you develop personally and professionally.

Do you want to join the hundreds of Sussex students who have completed placements in the last few years? Then read on...

More reasons to do a Placement!
Students who have completed a placement year tell us that these are some of the main benefits:
  • First-hand experience of the world of work
  • Consolidation and application of academic learning
  • Knowledge of how an organisation works
  • New or enhanced professional and intellectual skills
  • The chance to be involved in a project from start to finish
  • Increased personal effectiveness and confidence
  • Professional work experience to increase attractiveness to future employers
  • Greater career awareness and focus on career choice

Read more from past placement students about the benefits of a placement year.

Also some views of past placement students from the school of Business and Management.

A blog entry from a student currently on placement at GSK

Placements Preparation Programme

The Placements Preparation Programme (PPP) is specifically designed for students who plan to undertake a one-year placement as part of their course.

For full details please see the Placements Preparation Programme page.

How will Sussex support you?
We are here for you! As well as the Placements Preparation Programme you will recieve the following support:
  • A central Placements Team conveniently based in the Careers & Employability Centre in the Library
  • An active Employer Engagement Team developing links with local, national and international employers (currently over 4400 listed on our database)
  • You will be allocated a Placement Tutor from your department who will support you throughout the duration of your placement
  • Reduced fees for the academic year of your placement
What next?

If you are interested in undertaking a placement year, you need to complete the Placement Interest form (login required).

You will then have access to our full range of resources including weekly emails and a comprehensive Study Direct site.


For more answers to commonly asked questions, please see the Placements Resources within CareerHub

Register your interest

To register your interest in undertaking a placement year, please complete the placement interest form (login required).

By completing this form, you are not committing to a placement year. This form will allow us to communicate relevant placements information to you during the academic year.

Contact us

Placement and Internships Team at the Careers and Employability Centre:

T: +44(0)1273 678429

See also

Latest placements