My placement year has been invaluable to my personal development

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Chloe Saunders
IBM placement
BSc Psychology with Employment Experience
Chloe chose to spend a year on a paid work placement as part of her Psychology degree, gaining valuable work experience for IBM in their Human Resources Business Development team. Thanks to gaining commercial awareness as well as increased confidence in her abilities, Chloe hopes to return to join IBM's graduate scheme once she finishes her studies.

Sheffield University was always my first choice for where I wanted to study as I was eager to experience living in a large city and the elements of the Psychology course which Sheffield offered seemed most interesting.

I had studied psychology since GCSE, so choosing Psychology for my degree was an easy choice for me. I decided to do a placement year partly because I wanted to prolong my university experience but mainly because I understood that a placement year would give me an important advantage when applying for competitive graduate roles.


Exposure to external clients such as Vodafone, Lenovo and Lloyds has significantly increased my commercial awareness as well as allowing me to improve on my communication, organisation and confidence within myself. I have also learnt key skills such as networking and how to ensure client success

Chloe Saunders

BSc Psychology with Employment Experience


After months of applying and countless applications, I was successful in gaining a placement year at IBM within the Human Resources Business Development team. More specifically, this team facilitate IBM’s acquisitions, outsources and divestitures.

My main responsibility this year was ensuring a smooth transfer of employees into IBM from companies which IBM have acquired and vice versa for divestitures. My placement year has been invaluable to my personal development and there hasn’t been a moment where I have regretted my decision to take a year out.

Exposure to external clients such as Vodafone, Lenovo and Lloyds has significantly increased my commercial awareness as well as allowing me to improve on my communication, organisation and confidence within myself. I have also learnt key skills such as networking and how to ensure client success.

My placement year has influenced my decision not to pursue a career in psychology as I am hoping to secure a position on IBM’s consulting graduate scheme. However, I am very much looking forward to returning to Sheffield to finish my studies.


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