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Work placements

In a highly competitive jobs market, employability skills and relevant work experience are seen as increasingly critical by employers, and are among the most significant factors considered when recruiting graduates.

Work placements are particularly valuable for their contribution towards later employment prospects and working during your year abroad can prove to be a valuable stepping stone.  Work experience has become increasingly important for graduate roles, with 68% of UK employers prioritising relevant work experience when recruiting graduates showing notable growth over the last few years (CBI Education and Skills Report). For many companies, international work experience is seen as the most valuable asset and research by the Council for Industry and Higher Education shows that 65% of companies that operate internationally view a graduate with work experience abroad as more employable than their peers without work experience.

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film offers a range of support for students interested in working during their year abroad from CV and interview workshops to invitations to employer presentations and one-to-one consultations. Over the years, we have developed numerous relationships with employers around the world and as a result are able to share a number of interesting roles with our students. Employers include:

  • British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium 
  • Bosch, Spain
  • Argentina Independent, Buenos Aires
  • Lewis PR, Paris
  • Siemens, Germany

Students can choose to work in any country in the world provided the target-language is the main language spoken. If students opt for work placements in the European Union they may also be eligible for an ERASMUS + grant. Please note that Switzerland does not participate in the Erasmus + scheme.

If you would like to find out more about our Year Abroad work placement programme please contact Birgitta Hall, Year Abroad Development Manager at

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