Careers and Employability Centre

Placements Preparation Programme

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

The programme includes:

  • An introductory talk
  • 'Planning A Placement Year' - an online resource (using Study Direct or Canvas) which includes a CV review
  • Employer events and workshops
  • Weekly emails from the Sussex Placements Team
  • Placements vacancies advertising on CareerHub
  • Careers Fair
  • Meetings with our Placements Officers
  • Small group intensive workshop
  • Guided Placements Search sessions

The 'Planning A Placement Year' Study Direct/Canvas resource includes:

  • How to find the best placement for you
  • What employers look for and how to make your application stand out
  • Online applications and psychometric tests
  • CVs, covering letters and speculative applications
  • Identifying your unique selling points
  • How to impress at interview


When is the Placements Preparation Programme?

The Placements Preparation Programme is a series of events and resources which are available to you from the very start of your first year.

'Introduction to Placements', an esssential session for those interested in undertaking a Placement, takes place in the Autumn Term of your first year.  It is followed immediately after by 'Planning a Placement Year' which will take a more detailed look at the process of actually applying for and securing a placement. You can book into both sessions via the CareerHub events listing.

How do I get involved?

Just complete the Placement Interest form. You will then be contacted with information on all Placement-related events.

What if I've missed all of the above?

If you have engaged with all of the Placement Preparation Programme throughout your first and second years, you will be in an excellent position to secure a placement. However, if not, don't panic! We can still help you way into your second year. Just contact us for more information.