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.
Completing a placement as part of the Year in Employment can bring benefits including:
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.
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
Once you begin your placement, you will need to complete the following in addition to your responsibilities with your placement provider:
We offer support before, during and after your placement:
Before your placement
Organisations hosting current students on the Year in Employment include:
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.
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.