Josh loves Coast to Capital. You could too!

Hi all,

I hope that you all appreciate the value of doing an industrial placement but I want to share with you the following from Josh who is currently on placement at Coast to Capital.

Josh says:

‘I’m doing well, the placement’s still great, I get to do a bit of everything to fill gaps as needed. It’s a nice role with a lot of autonomy, it’s what you make it really.

For example, since I didn’t have a placement until September I started learning Russian over last summer. My role here has taken on a focus on international trade and as luck would have it I’m now in talks with a company from Russia about them maybe coming to the area, and I’ll be doing a Skype call with them tomorrow. I’m also getting funded by Coast to Capital to go to an event by the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce in London soon, where I’ll get to introduce both Coast to Capital and myself to even more of these businesses.

Point being for a student who wants a dynamic role in a small, open organization, this one is pretty awesome! I can’t think of anyone here I would consider unapproachable’.

Well done, Josh!

Josh is doing the role that I emailed about yesterday – as a Service Pillar Support Assistant. The role is open till the 30th May. Get applying, please!

The details are on studentcentral. See Virginia’s favourite jobs.

Best of luck!


Join Reade on Route 66!

Congratulations to Reade Whiteman, who is our 66th student to get an industrial placement this year.

Reade showed huge persistence and self-belief to be successful in getting a placement as an Operations Manager with GIST.

He gained one of 15 places, beating over 900 other candidates and fighting his way through 5 different application stages! What an achievement!

There are still lots of placements available and lots of time to apply.

Get your kicks on Route 66!


Welcome back to the Summer term!

Hi and welcome back!

On Weds 26th April, we have 2 great events running.

1-2pm – SHUT UP & WRITE YOUR APPLICATION! If you’re procrastinating and haven’t got round to submitting a placement application yet or want to get another one under your belt, come along to room 150 where Clare and I will be on hand to help you through the application process. Bring your laptops!

2-3pm – HOUSE OF HUD PR & MARKETING PLACEMENT TALK – If you’re looking for a local marketing placement role and would like to meet the founder and director of House of Hud, as well as their current placement student (also from UoB), then join us in room 150 for a short presentation about the company and role, with time for questions.

Any questions – please email us at or

See you on Wednesday!

One of our 47 Success Stories so far!

Hi all,

If you are getting frustrated with applying for placements and not being successful, read this success story.

Sasha was getting downhearted. She had completed 30 applications and felt that she wasn’t getting anywhere until she attended 2 interviews. At both of these, she realised that, whilst demonstrating company knowledge was important, it was displaying a passion for the role and a desire to succeed that was actually going to get her the job.

At Prysmian, she was interviewed for a role as a Purchasing Assistant.

She got the job! Well done her!

She was so relieved and excited. She says that she was ‘Ecstatic!

And her advice?

She says that it was ‘Hard work, a slog, but you just have to keep going and hope you do get something’.

Book for 2 Final Events for the Term: Psychometric Test Workshop & KPMG

Dear all,

There are two final events for your calendar this term.

KPMG, the Consultancy Company, are giving a presentation in Mithras House. They are recruiting for both graduate roles (final years) and industrial placements (second years) in the Channel Islands.

They will be here this Wednesday 29th March, 1 till 2pm.

That Wednesday between 2 till 3 there is also a psychometric test workshop, run by the FDM group. It will offer useful tips on coping with the online tests and how to approach them.

Please email me at to book your place.

Both events will be in Room 117.

3 Events for your Calender

Tuesday 14th March – CV/cover letter drop in @ Mithras reception 10am-1pm.

Bring along your CV and/or cover letter for a quick review. No need to book!


Wednesday 15th March – Presentation skills workshop in Mithras 138 from 1-2pm – Led by Support & Guidance Tutor Stuart Bullen.

Great if you are preparing presentations for assessment centres but also suitable for anyone looking to brush up their presentation skills in general.

Please book by emailing or by popping into the Placements Office –room 104, Mithras House.


Wednesday 22nd March – Placements Support Pop Up in G2 from 1-3pm.

A new event led by final years where second years are encouraged to drop in for an informal chat about anything related to the placements process (see attached flyer). Email or pop into placements office to express interest but no need to make formal booking. You can drop in at any point during the timeslot.

Please find more information here: Pop Up poster-1ilkh5r

21 placed as of today – Leigh and Clare give their thoughts!

Dear all,

Today we reached a milestone – 21 of you have already got a placement for this summer!

Well done!

  • Leigh says:

We are expecting that at least another hundred of you will be successful. So, be resilient and keep making the applications. Do not give up.

Laura Cowling didn’t. She visited us from Hewlett Packard Enterprise last month. She has now a graduate role with that company, having done her placement year with them. She got lots of rejections and didn’t secure her placement until late in the summer.

Keep applying. You have every chance of getting that placement job.

  • Clare says:

We hope your applications for your placement year are going well and that you are busy securing interviews and assessment centres. If this is not the case, however, fear not! We are here to help and to hopefully dispel any worries you might have.

First of all, some of you might be thinking that it’s too late to start applying and that all the “good” placements are gone, right? Wrong! Now is a great time to be applying as many of your initial 2nd year deadlines should be out the way and you can spend a bit more time focusing on researching and applying for placements. We are currently advertising on studentcentral around 200 placements in approximately 80 companies, including positions with Renault, Aldi, Lloyds Bank, Oracle, SAP, and Canon, as well as a whole host of small/medium companies.

If you have already made a start on your applications but are finding it harder than you thought to get in interview or pass the psychometric tests, do not despair. In some ways, applying for placements is a numbers game: the more you apply for, the better chance you have of getting one. However, in other ways, it’s important that you’re applying for things that suitably match your skills and experience, but most of all, your interests. If you’ve only applied for something because you feel you have to, your application or your first round interview will reflect this (even if you don’t realise it) and recruiters will be able to spot it a mile off, which leads me to my next point…

….PASSION! Not in that sense, if that’s what you were thinking, but in the sense of being able to convey how much you want to be considered as a serious candidate for the job. Does your cover letter or application statement convince the recruiter that you are the best person for the role? Do you explain what you could offer rather than only what you want to get out of the placement? Are you engaged and confident during the interview stages, even if it’s only a telephone interview at first? Demonstrating how keen you are to get the job is half the battle. Feedback we’ve received from a range of recruiters has all said the same thing: “candidates need to show us that they really want this”.

Lastly, you might also be thinking that everyone else has been successful and it’s just you left and what hope do you have now…? Stop! That’s not the case at all. Yes, we have placed 21 students so far (with a further three still deciding on whether to accept their offer), and while we’re very happy with that number that’s only 16% of the number of students we placed last year, so there’s plenty of time for you to be added to that list.

I’ll leave you with some positive thoughts (and some reminders):

  • Some companies haven’t even opened their placement opportunities yet, so definitely still time for new ones to come out and for you to apply
  • Almost 40 of last year’s placement students were placed in July-September. It’s only February now!
  • It is not unusual to have to apply to what feels like hundreds of companies. One of our most successful students in recent years (graduated with a first, offered a graduate role after placement, then a full-time role after grad scheme) was rejected 49 times and succeeded on her 50th application!
  • We are running some further workshops in the coming weeks which we hope will support you during the application process, including one on presentation skills. If you’d like support on another aspect, please do let us know.
  • If you haven’t yet visited the placements office for a CV and/or cover letter review, or just for a general chat about placements, please pop into room 104 to book an appointment.

Best of luck from both of us!

Enterprise Rent-a-Car are coming to town!

Hi all,

On Wednesday 22nd February, Enterprise Rent-a-Car is coming to Mithras House to run a mock assessment centre. 

Enterprise is a rapidly expanding and multi-award winning company. Feedback from their mock assessment centres by students has been very positive.

The session will start at 12.00 and finish at 2.00pm in room G31, Mithras House.

This is a fantastic opportunity to practice your performance at interviews / assessment days.

If you would like to book a place, please email me at

Be quick, it is filling up rapidly!

In addition, Enterprise Rent-a-Car will be on campus on 27th February to interview candidates for their Management Trainee roles.

They have lots of jobs, very likely close to where you want to work.

You do need a drivers licence.

If you want to apply, please email me or Clare Forder with your CV.

Please see the attached for more information.

Get emailing!


National Student Volunteering Week

Next week is National Student Volunteering Week. Our colleagues over at Active Student ( have a great range of opportunities for you to get involved in – whether you simply want to give back to your local community or if you are looking for something to boost your CV (recruiters love people with volunteering work on their CVs!).

Please see details below and note that places on Big Activities are limited so if you are interested it’s highly recommended that you book a spot as soon as possible:

Spotlight stand with Real Junk Food Project (no booking, just come and chat)

Mon, 20 February, 11.30am-1pm outside Aldrich Library, mezzanine floor, Cockcroft building

The Real Junk Food Project has been incredibly successful in the Brighton area, even appearing on Jamie and Jimmie’s programme on Channel 4. They take in literally tons of food that would otherwise be wasted by supermarkets and companies and are always looking for volunteers to help create fantastic food for their pay-as-you-feel community cafes. The Project will be talking with anyone interested in their volunteer role during Monday lunchtime.

BIG ACTIVITY: Volunteering fun in the woods (+ free hot lunch!) – book this week!
Tue, 21 February

Queensdown Woods, near Moulsecoomb train station.
The South Downs National Park is right on our doorstep! The woods are home to badgers, bats and sixty different varieties of birds. We’ll be litter picking in the woods, helping to clear up this fantastic local community resource.

You must be available from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday 21st February 2017.

To book a place, please complete the quick form on this page:

BIG ACTIVITY: Volunteering fun at Stanmer Park – book this week!

Tues, 21 February

Get a taste of volunteering with our activity with Brighton Permaculture Trust. We’ll be cutting hedges and brambles, clearing up and pruning branches as well as path improvements at Home Farm Orchard in Stanmer Park.

To book a place, please complete the quick form on this page:

Volunteering chat with Active Student (no booking, just come and chat)

Weds 22 February, outside Aldrich Library, mezzanine floor, Cockcroft building

If you’re thinking about volunteering in the local community, come chat with Susan from Active Student, any time between 11.30am and 1pm.

BIG ACTIVITY: Activity Quiz and Conversation with older people – book this week!

Fri 24 February

Get to know local residents at New Larchwood sheltered accommodation with our quiz and activities with the older people.

To book a place, please complete the quick form on this page: