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Year In Employment

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The Year in Employment is an opportunity to complete a work placement between your second and third year of study as part of your degree. This placement year is assessed and successful students will graduate with the Year in Employment recognised on their degree transcript. There are eligible courses in all of the faculties, except Medicine and Health Sciences, and to check your eligibility please see our download below. 

How could the Year in Employment benefit you?

Completing a placement as part of the Year in Employment can bring benefits including:


Ashleigh Cameron, Placement with Urban Outfitters
Ashleigh Cameron, Placement with Urban Outfitters

Applying for placements? Browse our placement videos

Please see below for an example of a placement preparation video looking at writing great applications. Additional videos looking at the entire placement process are available on our Placement Preparation Intranet site

Please note, this site is only accessible for University of Southampton students and staff.

It is definitely worth doing a placement year, it’s been great! I am now in a much better position for applying for graduate roles after university. I have loved the challenge and responsibility and learnt so much about the industry.


How does it work?

What will you need to do on placement?

Support we offer

The Year in Employment is suitable for full-time undergraduate students on eligible programmes. For a list of our eligible programmes, please see our download below. Students on the Year in Employment will undertake their placement after their second year of study and this applies to students on both 3 and 4 year degree programmes. In addition, students must pass their year 2 exams at the first attempt to undertake the Year in Employment. 
Students fulfilling the above requirements studying on Tier 4 visas can undertake the Year in Employment, however there are significant additional costs associated due to visa requirements. If you are on a Tier 4 visa and are considering the Year in Employment, please speak with the Visa and Immigration Student Advice Service.
Placement roles also need to be suitable for the Year in Employment. Roles must provide you opportunity to fulfil our Learning Outcomes in the 'Useful Downloads' section. For students to be able to include the "Year in Employment" on their degree transcript, their placement must be 9-12 months of full-time work. You may apply for roles under 9 months but to pass our assessment you must find an additional placement to complete the minimum 9 months of full-time work. 

Students are responsible for securing their own placements and you undertake your placement after your second year of study. We can support you in finding suitable placements and succeeding in the recruitment process. We recommend that you begin considering where you'd like to complete a placement in the summer before your second year as many placement vacancies open in the autumn of your second year.

We have placement opportunities on MyCareer and you can source your own placements elsewhere. 

The process for moving onto the Year in Employment

  1. Email us if you are interesting in, considering or searching for a placement
  2. Find and secure a suitable placement. Please ensure that any placements you apply to fulfil our Learning Outcomes. We cannot approve placements that do not offer the opportunity to fulful these requirements and you can check by examining your placement's Job Description. Contact us if you are unsure of a role's suitability
  3. Notify us at our contact details below
  4. We ask for your placement details, Job Description, Offer Letter and invite you to our Induction
  5. We support your completion of a Risk Assessment and confirm Health and Safety information with your placement provider
  6. Once confirmed, we notify your faculty and change your course to include "with a Year in Employment"
  7. You begin your placement after your second year semester 2 exams
We support you throughout your placement and for more information see our "Support we offer"

Once you begin your placement, you will need to complete the following in addition to your responsibilities with your placement provider:

  1. Return an induction checklist to us within your first 2 weeks
  2. Liaise with the Placements Team and your placement superviser regarding 2 placement check-ins
  3. Consider completing 6 blogs during your placement
  4. Inform us if there are any changes to your placement and personal circumstances
  5. Submit a 3000-3500 word reflective report evidencing your fulfilment of the Learning Outcomes
  6. Complete our feedback forms upon completion of your placement 

We offer support before, during and after your placement:

Before your placement

  • Help finding suitable placements 
  • Support for making successful applications
  • Access to our Drop In Service
  • Assistance from the Placements Team
  • An induction to prepare you for your placement
  • Guidance in the administration of your placement
During your placement
  • As an enrolled student you will be able to access all University services remotely
  • 3 touchpoints throughout your placement with the Placements Team
  • Additional contact with the University as required 
  • Help with your Year in Employment assessment through a Blackboard module
After your placement
  • A reflection event to consider your experiences and how to convey them effectively in future
  • An invitation to our Employability Excellence Awards to celebrate your achievements
Lauren Sampson, Placement with Urban Outfitters
Lauren Sampson, Placement with Urban Outfitters

Current Placements

Organisations hosting current students on the Year in Employment include:

Miles Bannister, Placement with IBM
Miles Bannister, Placement with IBM

Contact us

We'd like to hear from you if you are considering the Year in Employment or have any questions on the programme. The Placements Team will support as required with our contact details below:


Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 3501

Please inform us as soon as you’ve been offered a role. We have 3 approval deadlines:

The earlier that you can confirm a role with us, the more support we can offer. Placements may be confirmed after the 31st May but are subject to approval from your faculty office.

I would strongly recommend doing a placement year to anyone. It is a new and exciting journey in which I have met so many new people and learnt so much already. The placement has helped improve my work ethic, which I can apply to my studies in my final year. It has really enhanced my communication skills and will look great on my CV for graduate employers.

Useful Downloads

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Examples of placements on MyCareer

Placement Requests

If you are looking for a particular type of placement that you haven't been able to find, please enter your request and it will be sent directly to the Placements Team for consideration. We cannot guarantee that we can source the placement you request but such information will inform our placement searching process.

    Placement Requests

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