Finding placements

There are lots of places where placement opportunities are advertised; most of these are online but there are also events on campus where you can meet employers and talk to them directly about the placement opportunities they offer.

Before you start looking for placements think about what kind of graduate job you might like, what companies inspire you or if you aren’t sure, book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to chat through your options. 

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Contents

  • Start your search

  • Keep your search options open 

  • Don't forget to network

  • Make an appointment with a Placement Officer


Start your search

Career Connect - via MUSE

  • Find vacancies
  • Browse events
  • Book appointments

Find vacancies, browse events and send us a Query all in one place. You can also keep up to date on all things Careers, build your own profile and get regular updates on the latest jobs and events specifically picked for you based on your preferences.

Career Connect is where we advertise all the placement opportunities that employers send to us. They send them to us because they’re specifically interested in recruiting you. Log in to Career Connect via MUSE and register to receive ‘work experience’ email alerts so you can find out about opportunities as they come up. 

Want to hear directly from employers? Then search Career Connect and put the dates of our recruitment and networking events in your diary! There’s a whole host of talks, workshops, practice interviews and networking events where you have the chance to make a good impression with a potential employer.


Keep your options open

Career Connect isn’t the only place that placements are advertised. A lot of companies will advertise under the ‘careers’ section of their own websites and there are some websites that specialise in advertising placement opportunities so add these to your browser too:


Don't forget to network

Many of our students find their placements through networking and sending out speculative applications so don’t be put off if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the suggestions above. Have you:

  • Asked family or friends if they know of any potential opportunities?
  • Found out if your tutors or department have links with any organisations?
  • Researched companies working in your area of interest; even if they’re not advertising a position you could send them a speculative application?

Social media

More and more opportunities are now advertised by companies on Twitter and Facebook. Following the companies you are interested in means you will see opportunities as soon as they arise.

Make sure that you have built a strong and professional online presence on social media. Remember that prospective employers will look you up!

Why not also follow the University of Sheffield Placement Team on Twitter? We continually post work placement vacancies and share advice that you might find helpful.