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Your placement year guide

Your placement year guide

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A placement year is a fantastic opportunity to develop and learn a range of new skills, put academic theory into practice, and develop your understanding of the world of work. It enables you to gain valuable experience which will help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate job market. 

If you are considering doing a placement year, this online guide will help get you started and support you throughout the placement process. 

It focuses on four main areas; 

• Securing your placement 

• Planning and preparing for your placement 

• Support during your placement 

• Finishing your placement and returning to University. 

Hosted on the VLE, the guide will explore the range of placement options available to you, and the practical things you should consider as well as offering tips on how you can maximise your chances of success during the recruitment process. 

The guide contains a number of videos providing advice from employers and you will hear from students who have been though the placement process themselves. If you have a specific question about any aspect of the placement process such as how should i prepare of my first or finding accommodation abroad, then the discussion forums offer you a chance to post and ask other students questions.

How do I access the guide?

Access the guide via the VLE. Once you have enrolled, you can then go back to the guide at any time by clicking on the ‘Organisations’ tab on the VLE or by visiting

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Blackboard Collaborate 

Collaborate sessions are scheduled throughout the year. They are live, online chat forums aimed at each of the four sections of the guide. They offer you the chance to speak directly to staff and students and have any questions or concerns resolved quickly. 

Details of upcoming sessions are available in this document.

Watch this short introduction to understand more about Blackboard Collaborate. More in-depth information and tips on how to get started are available on the VLE.