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WELCOME TO THE Student’s Guide to the Top Undergraduate 2017-2018 Employers In this guide you’ll read about the diverse experiences of students who have undertaken placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights at the UK’s best undergraduate employers. We’re proud to be celebrating this guide’s eighth year of sharing peer-to-peer reviews and advice with students nationwide. We’d also like to extend a special thank you to PwC, our Premier Sponsor, as well as each and every organisation that’s contributed to this year’s fantastic guide. Good luck! Your journey towards a career begins today... Ali Lindsay, Oliver Sidwell and Chris Wickson Co-founders, RATEMYPLACEMENT

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THE Top 100 Undergraduate Employers 2017-2018 The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers table is a who's who of the best undergraduate employers in the UK. The table is based on student-written reviews on RateMyPlacement.co.uk, for large companies that recruit more than 20 students per year on placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights, and have at least 15 reviews on the website. 1

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THE Top 50 Medium-Sized Undergraduate Schemes 2017-2018 The Top 50 Medium-sized Undergraduate Schemes table is based on reviews submitted by students on RateMyPlacement.co.uk, for large organisations who recruit between three and 19 students a year on placement years, internships, vacation schemes and insights.

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THE Top 10 Small To

Medium-Sized Undergraduate Employers 2017-2018

The Top 10 Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employers includes the winner and nine shortlisted companies at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.

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Finalist

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HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

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ADVICE

How to find placements, internships and insights, with guides to each stage of the application process

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS THE TOP 50 The Top 50 Mediumsized Undergraduate Schemes

Overviews of various industries and insights from industry experts

THE TOP 10 THE TOP 100 The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

The Top 10 Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employers

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CONTENTS ADVICE 1

Welcome to The Student’s Guide to The Top Undergraduate Employers

2

The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

4

The Top 50 Medium-Sized Undergraduate Schemes

5

The Top 10 Small to Medium-Sized Undergraduate Employers

5

How to Find What You’re Looking For

9

Why The Guide Is So Important

10

What Types Of Opportunities Are Out There?

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How To Find Them

12

Use Social Media To Your Advantage

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The Undergraduate CV

16

Writing a Cover Letter

18

How to Prepare For an Interview

19

Assessment Centres

20

Psychometric Testing

22

Your Journey To Work Experience

25

Average Undergraduate Salaries Across The Uk

27

Top Ten Tips For Your First Day At Work

29

What Makes up The Top Employers Table?

30

Top Employer by Industry

33

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Overviews of various industries and insights from industry experts

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THE TOP 100 The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

192

THE TOP 50 The Top 50 Medium-sized Undergraduate Schemes

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THE TOP 10 The Top 10 Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employers


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WHY THE GUIDE IS SO IMPORTANT EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE UK ARE RESHAPING THE WAY THEY RECRUIT TALENT. Last year, 59% of graduate hires for the Top Undergraduate Employers comprised of previous placement students and interns. It’s so important - now more than ever - to get undergraduate work experience before you graduate. Internships and placements increase your chances of kick-starting a career straight after university.

The Top Undergraduate Employers tables are based on the impartial, detailed and revealing reviews submitted to RateMyPlacement.co.uk by students who have completed schemes in the previous academic year. The guide is your companion in finding the right employer, and the best scheme for your career aspirations.

This guide will lead you through the different options that are available to you, with insights into various industries, application processes and the best companies to work for. The Top Undergraduate Employers | 9


WHAT TYPES OF OPPORTUNITIES ARE OUT THERE? There are four types of formal undergraduate work experience for you to consider.

PLACEMENTS 5-13 MONTHS

INTERNSHIPS 4-16 WEEKS

A placement student spends a full academic year working for one company (or sometimes two) as a full-time employee, before returning to university for a final year.

Employers use such schemes to spot future talent, and introduce you to team ethic and company culture.

INSIGHTS 1-10 DAYS

VACATION SCHEMES 1-4 WEEKS

Placement schemes have various guises; you might hear them called an industrial placement, a sandwich year, a year in industry or a year-long internship.

Insights are also referred to as short-term insight schemes or open days. They are primarily for first-year students, though many are open to all undergraduates. Insight schemes take place throughout the year and are designed to give you a taste of the company or industry.

10 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Internships usually take place during the summer, in which an intern will work fulltime for a company to gain experience and knowledge of an industry.

Otherwise known as vac schemes or work experience. Vacation schemes are short periods of work experience, specifically in law firms. Many law firms use this time to identify recruits for their training contracts.


HOW TO FIND THEM ONLINE

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PLACEMENT OFFICERS

These heroes will help you find a placement, and even help with your application.

UNIVERSITY CAREERS SERVICE

Careers services offer CV workshops and advice on finding professional work experience.

PUBLICATIONS

Publications (like this) feature employers that offer opportunities.

SOCIETIES

Many employers have links with university societies.

BRAND AMBASSADORS

Students who work on behalf of a company, and are employed to promote its roles.

REVIEWS

Check out RateMyPlacement’s reviews of undergraduate schemes to discover what it’s like to work for one of the UK’s top employers.

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USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE Social media can be incredibly useful for interacting with employers, brands and keeping up to date with industry news. Here are our top tips for shining on social media at university…

INTERACT WITH EMPLOYERS

NEW JOBS

BUILD AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO

REMEMBER!

Be proactive and engage with employers. Ask questions and follow them on all of their online platforms. It’s never too early to network.

If you have smashed a project or a piece of coursework, publish it on relevant social profiles. Build an online portfolio to show employers your best work. 12 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Employers use social media to promote new job opportunities. Follow pages that are specific for undergraduates or graduates as they’ll both share relevant content for you.

The Independent have reported that over one-third of employers use social media to vet applicants. Your profiles should portray you to be professional. To be employable. Photos from nights out will not do.


LINKEDIN

FACEBOOK

Create a LinkedIn profile, and do it now. It’s frightfully useful. Think of it as your online CV; employers use LinkedIn to talent spot and for references. They will also be notified when you visit their page, or interact with one of their posts.

Employers advertise jobs on Facebook, and regularly post content with the hope of engaging undergraduates. Show that you are engaged! Comment, like and share posts - employers will notice.

INDUSTRY NEWS Commercial awareness is key to impressing employers, especially in interviews. Subscribe to industry specific publications so that your newsfeed is teeming with industry news and insights, rather than videos of cats.

Follow RateMyPlacement on Facebook for career advice + new jobs every day! The Top Undergraduate Employers | 13


THE UNDERGRADUATE CV

It’s never too early to start thinking about your CV. This template has been designed to show you what your CV should look like, and what it should contain.

Start writing today! Your CV should evolve as you progress through university. There are many opportunities for you to add to it while you are still an undergraduate.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CV STAND OUT VOLUNTEER At a local company or organisation. It’s free work experience!

GET A JOB Sounds obvious, but a great way to pick up professional skills while you study.

JOIN A SOCIETY

TOP CV TIPS Don’t include a picture unless asked to do so

Write your NAME as the title, not ‘Curriculum Vitae’

It displays your interest in a particular sector or job role.

JOIN A SPORTS TEAM

It demonstrates you’re active and have valuable teamwork skills.

BECOME A BRAND MANAGER And represent a company on campus. Visit www.oncampuspromotions.co.uk/for-students

DO AN INSIGHT/INTERNSHIP Do an insight/internship during your first year. Fantastic professional work experience to add to your CV. Visit www.RateMyPlacement.co.uk to find a scheme! 14 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Always check speling and gramar!

Tailor your CV for each scheme you apply for


YOUR NAME

Email Address: Phone Number:

PROFILE

A profile is a short introduction to your CV. Explain who you are and why you are interested in the scheme. This should be no longer than four sentences.

KEY SKILLS

Draw up a list (in bullet point form) of your key skills + strengths. For example • Work efficiently, individually and as part of a team • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

MICROSOFT OFFICE

MAC OS X

TOUCH TYPING

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EDUCATION

Put your most recent qualifications first. Haven’t finished your degree? Add predicted grades or any grades achieved so far. Mention any modules or projects that are relevant to the scheme.

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT/ WORK EXPERIENCE Give start and end dates. List key responsibilities and achievements.

INTERESTS What do you do outside of work? Include extracurricular activities that are relevant to the scheme and display your skills, such as sports teams and societies.

REFERENCES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST Have references prepared, so if an employer requests them, you can send the details immediately!

Remember! Try to keep your CV to two sides of A4. The Top Undergraduate Employers | 15


WRITING A COVER LETTER A cover letter should outline who you are, and explain why you are sending your CV to an employer. What’s more, a strong cover letter should compel the employer to read your CV with interest. Writing said letter can be tricky; follow this guide closely for a placement, internship and insight application.

TOP TIPS • Be honest about your current level of qualifications and work experience. • Don’t undersell yourself. A cover letter should exude confidence in the skills you can bring to a role. • Contact the company and find out who the cover letter should be addressed to. • Avoid using clichés and application buzzwords like ‘hardworking’ and ‘dynamic’. They turn the reader off. • Use a cover letter template, and adjust the content for each job you apply for. 16 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk


Dear Name,

8th August 2017

(address the reader directly) Avoid writing ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘To whom it may concern’, it’s generic. It sounds as if you have sent the same letter to numerous employers, and conveys a lack of interest in that particular job. Begin by specifying which scheme/position you are applying for. The company might be advertising for various roles, be sure you are being considered for the right one. Here, you can also reveal where you found the vacancy, employers are keen to know what channels students use to find jobs. Now, explain why you are interested. Do some research, and relate your interest to company values/vision, or a recent project they have been involved in. The reviews on RateMyPlacement.co.uk are also a valuable resource for company research. Here, illustrate why you should be considered for the position. Focus on your experience or qualifications, and align your skills to the role. Check the ‘desirable skills’ in the job vacancy for inspiration. Thank the reader for considering your application and emphasise your interest in attending an interview.

Yours Sincerely, Your Name

Re-read your cover letter carefully, and CHECK THE SPELLING AND GRAMMAR before you send it! The Top Undergraduate Employers | 17


HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW Study your CV and application until you know it back to front. Interviewers are likely to cross-examine them. Research the company! Visit their website and familiarise yourself with company values, their vision and recent projects they have undertaken. Research the widerindustry! What’s new? What’s changed recently? Think of a few questions that you can ask the interviewer. That way, if they ask you, ‘do you have any questions?’ you can impress them with your interest.

18 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

VIDEO INTERVIEWS:

Arrange a suitable time and place for your video interview. Not the pub. Somewhere quiet where you can concentrate. Employers typically use Skype for the interview. Ensure your username is not embarrassing or unprofessional. Check your internet connection before the interview begins. If the video call is delayed, or disrupted because of a bad connection, do not panic! Be cool, be calm, and wait for the interviewer to contact you. Some employers will ask you to send them pre-recorded content before, or instead of, a live interview. You will usually have to answer a series of questions, so they can gauge your personality. Record a few practice questions, and ask a friend to give advice on how to improve your performance.


ASSESSMENT CENTRES The Association of Graduate Recruiters have reported that 93% of employers used assessment centres last year! Therefore, you are destined to come across an assessment centre if you apply for undergraduate work experience.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE DAY 09:00 ARRIVAL + INTRODUCTION

Arrive early! You will meet fellow candidates and be given an agenda for the day.

09:15 EMPLOYER PRESENTATION + GROUP ICEBREAKER EXERCISE

A short presentation on company history and values, followed by an ice-breaker exercise.

10:00 PSYCHOMETRIC TESTS

These tests are designed to analyse your reasoning and behavioural traits (see p.21).

HOW TO PREPARE

You can contact the employer or the company’s HR department and enquire about what the day will involve. If your assessment centre includes a presentation, practice it. Ask friends and family for feedback, or you can video it, and give yourself feedback.

WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR?

Employers looks for applicants to show commercial awareness, confidence and adaptability. More importantly, you need to demonstrate to the employer why you want to work for the company, and what you can bring to the table.

11:30 GROUP TASK

You’ll be assessed on your contribution to a debate, a roleplay or solving a work-based problem.

12:45 LUNCH

Good opportunity to network, and a moment to refocus for the afternoon’s activities.

13:45 INDIVIDUAL TASK

An in-tray exercise. You may be presented with a business-related scenario, to see how you deal with calls, emails and complaints.

14:45 INTERVIEW

Individual interviews are usually in the middle of the assessment centre.

16:45 INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

Prior to arrival, you may have been asked to prepare a presentation, to be performed in front of interviewers and fellow candidates.

17:30 EXPENSES + GOODBYE

You may have to fill out an expenses form before leaving, and the employer might also ask for feedback on the structure and content of the assessment centre. The Top Undergraduate Employers | 19


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PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING The employer has read your cover letter, and been beguiled by your CV. Now they want you to complete psychometric tests to analyse reasoning and cognitive abilities. Psychometric tests regularly feature in assessment centres, taking the form of behavioural and aptitude tests. These include:

NUMERICAL ABILITY Tests simple and complex maths skills, designed for STEM schemes.

ABSTRACT REASONING Evaluates reasoning, and is used to gauge general intellect.

PERSONALITY TESTS Involves a large number of questions to analyse motivations, personality type and your fit to a role.

TOP TIPS

Tests are designed so that only 1-2% of takers answer all the questions correctly. Don’t worry if you can’t answer them all! Each question is usually worth the same number of points. There’s no bonus for figuring out the most difficult questions. If you get stuck, move on. Avoid getting bogged down in a few tough questions - guess, move on and cut your losses! Read the instructions before you begin. Make sure you know what you’re being asked to do and how long you’ve got to do it.

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YOUR JOURNEY TO WORK EXPERIENCE

Meet Will Will attends the Fresher’s Fair, meeting companies and employers attending the fair, he also signs up to a society, relevant to his degree and career interests.

Will visits RateMyPlacement.co.uk, and shortlists companies that offer placements and internships in his chosen sector. Will is now in the company’s talent pool.

22 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Will begins to research companies that offer first year open and insight days. In the summer, following his first year, Will attends an insight day.

During his second year, he attends a presentation and skills workshop, put on by a company in the sector he is interested in.


Will prevails. Employers are dazzled. He is invited to submit an application for a specific role.

Having registered his interest, companies invite Will to complete online challenges, testing his aptitude and suitability for a role.

Will is selected for the next stage of the recruitment process. He is invited to the company’s offices for an interview and assessment centre.

SUCCESS!

Will is accepted on to their summer internship programme.

He has opted in to receive newsletters and emails from the companies he has shortlisted, regarding the opportunities they offer.

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 23


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AVERAGE UNDERGRADUATE SALARIES ACROSS THE UK

£18,457 Scotland

£17,263 North East

£15,774

Northern Ireland

£17,412 North West

£17,128

Yorkshire & Humberside

£16,994

West Midlands

£17,221 Wales

The average salary across the UK.

£17,574

£17,378 South West

£17,062

East Midlands

£17,274 East Anglia

£21,378

Central London & City

£17,549

South East

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GAC’s paid internship in China program offers an ‘all-in-one solution’ for you. We work with over 600 companies, offering a wide range of placements across various industries including Finance, Law, Marketing/PR, Engineering, Green Tech, International Business, Pharmaceuticals, NGOs and many more! But the best part, Go Abroad China will personally help you secure a top internship at your desired field as we recruit for over 5,000 companies within China. The companies range from Chinese and foreign multinationals to local and international SME’s. We attach great importance to the quality of the internships and select a company and a position that matches with your skills. Visit: www.goabroadchina.com for more info.


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TOP TEN TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST DAY AT WORK

Success! You’ve secured undergraduate work experience. Here are our ten top tips to help you prepare as your first day approaches. PLAN YOUR ROUTE 1

Planning your route will reduce your first day nerves. Check public transport links and work out your route. Maybe even do a trial run. 2

SLEEP AHEAD

It will be a lot to take in and you’ll naturally be nervous, which will sap a lot of energy. Get a few early nights in before the big day.

3 SET YOURSELF GOALS

Have a think about what you’d like to achieve in your first week, month or year. Setting goals will help you focus and hit the ground running.

REFRESH YOUR MEMORY 4

REFRESH YOUR WARDROBE

FINAL PREPARATION

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Check the company’s dress code policy, and plan what you are going to wear for the first couple of days. It’s one less thing to worry about.

NOTEBOOK AND PEN 6

The company will most likely provide you with a pen, but bring your own anyway. If there is a pen shortage, you will be covered, and can still do the crossword on the train.

ASK QUESTIONS 7

If you are unsure about any aspect of your role, contact your employer and ask them before you start.

Read through any induction packs or communications you’ve been sent by the company. They will provide answers to any questions you have. 9 WAKE UP EARLY

On the day, wake up early. It will give you enough time to get ready, make sandwiches, and avoid running for your bus. 10

BE CONFIDENT

Before you enter the offices on day one, remember, the employer chose you over all the other candidates. Be confident and calm when you step through the door.

Revisit any company research or work you completed when you applied for the role.

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 27


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WHAT MAKES UP THE TOP EMPLOYERS TABLE?

% 9 5 5,122

TOTAL NUMBER OF REVIEWS ACROSS ALL TOP EMPLOYERS

THE TOP UNDERGRADUATE EMPLOYERS TABLE IS BASED ON

32%

UATE D A R G R E OF UND ACK AS GO B ATES GRADU

OF STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCES

THE NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES PER SCHEME

PLACEMENTS

VACATION SCHEMES

INTERNSHIPS

6,329 1,497

S

4,717

3,547 INSIGHTS The Top Undergraduate Employers | 29


TOP EMPLOYER BY INDUSTRY These organisations have been rated the best in their sector by reviewers on RateMyPlacement.co.uk who have completed schemes in the past 12 months. Each employer was rated on scheme satisfaction, support provided, how well the scheme was organised and social opportunities outside of work. Accountancy / Actuarial PwC

Advertising / Marketing Warner Bros

Banking / Finance Barclays

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Construction, Property & Real Estate

Savills

Energy / Utilities National Grid

Engineering / Manufacturing BP

Fashion ASOS

FMCG & Retail Lidl


Government / Not Investment for Profit Banking

Recruitment Hays

Cancer Research

J.P. Morgan

Insurance, Asset & Investment Management

IT & Consultancy

Standard Life

Bloomberg

Science & Pharmaceuticals Lubrizol

Law / Solicitors Taylor Wessing

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 31


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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS On the following pages you will find a selection of industry insights that reflect the companies featured in the guide. Within each section, you will find an overview of that particular industry, plus a Q&A with an industry expert.

Accounting & Finance Page 34 Advertising & Marketing Page 36 Banking Page 38 Business Page 40 Charity Page 42 Consultancy Page 44

Consumer Goods Page 46

IT Page 58

Cyber Security Page 48

Law Page 60

Engineering Page 50

Property Page 62

Hospitality, Leisure, Travel & Tourism Page 52

Retail Page 64

Investment Banking Page 54

Science & Research Page 66

Investment Management Page 56

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 33


ACCOUNTING & FINANCE Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

73%

Key skills for this industry Employers look for candidates who can show that they have the ability to understand complex concepts and data quickly. It’s important to show your interpretation and analysis skills while on a placement. Typical opportunities Previous students have worked as audit and tax interns, in government assurance, pensions assurance, regulatory reporting and analyst roles. Visit RateMyPlacement.co.uk. for reviews of placements and internships in accounting and finance.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY

WWW.RMP.GD/ACCOUNTINGFINANCE 34 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

What do these companies want? Companies in this sector handle complex financial tasks. This could involve advising clients how to abide by regulations, organise their finances and identifying where profits and losses are made. Why choose this sector? There’s a lot of freedom to choose your own path and gain qualifications in this industry – you could specialise in anything from assurance or commercial finance to risk assessments and taxation. What’s expected from you? Key requirements vary depending on the company. Some value resilience highly, while others value motivational skills. All employers appreciate good communicators and candidates who are commercially aware, so take this into account.


What Emma thinks...

From Moore Stephens Position Business Tax Executive

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY

WWW.RMP.GD/MOORESTEPHENS About I am a graduate of Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham and having been part of the Moore Stephens Business Tax department for over 18 months, I am now more motivated than ever to pursue a successful career as a business tax advisor.

Why your industry? After researching I realised that the ACA qualification would be a solid foundation for any career in business and finance. I was also enthusiastic to join a prestigious and internationally recognised professional body. After I heard tax described as “law with numbers”, I decided that this would be the ideal route for me because I had excelled in maths and enjoyed a week of work experience at a law firm.

“The level of responsibility you get from an early stage is definitely key.” What is your top tip for working in your industry? I only applied to mid-tier accountancy firms because I wanted to gain exposure to a diverse client base, varying in terms of both size and business sector. Since joining Moore Stephens, I have worked with a wide range of clients, including international shipping companies, ancient trade associations and charities.

What differentiates your industry from other industries? The level of responsibility you get from an early stage is definitely key. After working at Moore Stephens for only a year I was given responsibility for a portfolio of approximately 50 clients. I have attended a number of client meetings and I am now the main contact for the clients in my portfolio. What do you enjoy most about your industry? I get the greatest satisfaction from the feeling that I am progressing with every week that passes. My technical knowledge is constantly improving and I am becoming more familiar with the clients in my portfolio. I am continually developing positive working relationships with my colleagues and as a result I am being given more and more responsibility.

Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 3rd / Pg. 166 TOP 100 pos. 4th / Pg. 142 TOP 100 pos. 28th / Pg. 116 TOP 100 pos. 32nd / Pg. 124 TOP 100 pos. 44th / Pg. 90 The Top Undergraduate Employers | 35


ADVERTISING & MARKETING Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

17%

Key skills for this industry Advertising and marketing is a vibrant sector, and faster-moving than most. Ideas and concepts are developed under strict timelines so it helps if you a) have a creative mind and b) can take criticism. Typical opportunities There are lots of great work experience opportunities. Previous students have worked in corporate communications, digital marketing, digital sales and media, creative services and copywriting for top companies. Check out reviews on RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do these companies want? Advertising agencies and marketing departments want people who are creative, innovative and open-minded. The industry employs people from a wide range of degree subjects. Why choose this sector? This can be a highly enjoyable sector to work in. You’ll be able to hone your creative skills, learn from experts and attend exciting industry awards. What’s expected from you? Advertisers work for clients, executing their commercial brand campaigns, so you need to be able to meet or exceed their requirements. Marketing placement students and interns are more likely to work in-house for one company, promoting its messages and services.


What Josh thinks...

From RateMyPlacement Position Marketing Assistant

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WWW.RMP.GD/RATEMYPLACEMENT About I am the current placement student at RateMyPlacement. As Marketing Assistant my role involves managing our social media across multiple platforms. I also create the content for the monthly student newsletter and help organise our yearly campaigns.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? I love how exciting marketing is, I find being able to see something I’ve created or implemented work and seeing the direct results affect the business extremely interesting. Since a young age I’ve always loved marketing and been interested in how brands influence the consumers.

“The workload gradually increased during the first few months working. If I ever felt I needed more or less my manager would always be there to ensure it was adequate.” What is your top tip for working in this industry? My top tip would be to keep up-to-date with the market trends. Be proactive! Marketing evolves on a weekly basis so staying ‘in the loop’ is extremely important.

Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? To really excel in marketing you have to have strong analytical and communication skills. You’ll be working with different stakeholders on a daily basis. To push yourself you need to always ask yourself ‘why?’ in different business situations, always question results and how you got them. Describe the workload and responsibility given to students in your industry. The workload gradually increased during the first few months working. If I ever felt I needed more or less my manager would always be there to ensure it was adequate. Towards the end of my placement I could handle more as my time management improved.

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BANKING Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

78%

Key skills for this industry The banking sector revolves around figures and data, but you do not have to be a numerical genius to succeed. People skills – such as the ability to lead and influence others – are just as important. Typical opportunities Previous students have worked in real estate private equity, sales and trading, sales and analytics, securities and operations. Read their reviews on RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do these companies want? Banks want talented and intellectual students who can help them make informed financial decisions and meet each of their clients’ needs. To succeed, you’ll need to be commercially aware and an effective collaborator. Why choose this sector? Beyond the obvious financial benefits, working in banking will give you the opportunity to work abroad and receive fantastic training and career support. What’s expected from you? There are particular attributes you’ll need to demonstrate. These include a combination of intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to work under pressure and a global banking outlook.


What Poojya thinks...

From Lloyds Banking Group Position Senior Digital Innovation Manager

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About Poojya works in Innovation, joining Lloyds Banking Group in 2010. She was recently shortlisted for Asian Businesswoman of the Year, the first person from Lloyds Banking Group to ever be shortlisted. Poojya studied Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds and is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Associate.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? On completing my CIM qualification I was asked by a Director at Lloyds Banking Group to join into a communications role. Inspired by the Director, their leadership, the opportunity offered and culture and values upheld within Lloyds Banking Group, it was the perfect choice for me – and still is after seven years!

“I’m very fortunate to have worked with great colleagues at Lloyds and they’ve shown me great opportunities which I never knew existed in a bank!” Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Be passionate and love what you do! Embrace all tasks that come your way and turn them into opportunities by being engaged and willing to get involved. Be pro-active, build lasting relationships and

of course, work hard – and you will get recognised and rewarded for all your hard work and efforts! What do you enjoy most about your industry? The people around me. I’m very fortunate to have worked with great colleagues and they’ve shown me great opportunities which I never knew existed in a bank! Bringing me onto the other thing I enjoy the most – the variety of opportunities and constant learning I get every day. What advice would you give to others considering a career in your industry? Go for it! Take that leap of faith and go out of your comfort zone. Invest in your work and it will invest in you. Always model the behaviours of someone you would like to work for and others will naturally follow your lead. Always be you, inspire and be inspired, and above all – enjoy every moment! Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 7th / Pg. 88 TOP 100 pos. 12th / Pg. 76 TOP 100 pos. 42nd / Pg. 150 TOP 100 pos. 47th / Pg. 168 TOP 100 pos. 68th / Pg. 130 The Top Undergraduate Employers | 39


BUSINESS Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

78%

Key skills for this industry In business, you’ll typically have to split your time between working on different projects, so it’s important that you manage your time well and can deal with the pressure of deadlines. Typical opportunities Business roles exist in all kinds of companies, from banks to IT and technology companies. Previous students have reviewed roles like operations specialist, business analyst, support coordinator and IT analyst on RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do businesses want? You’ll need a diverse skill-set. For example, you need to motivate other people and get the best out of them, by identifying their strengths, making sure they feel valued and offering relevant training. Why choose a business career? A career in business can help you gain skills you can apply in many areas, such as the ability to communicate well with and inspire others. A career in business is also an opportunity to work across different sectors. What’s expected from you? You’ll be expected to identify solutions to business problems, find the best way to efficiently and cost-effectively implement said solutions and then report on them, evaluating how well they have performed.


What Salome thinks...

From SAP Position EMEA Compliance Associate

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WWW.RMP.GD/SAP About I am a student at the University of Sussex studying Law with International Relations. I am currently on a 13 month placement within SAP’s global Compliance team which has a particular focus on managing license rights with our customers and ensuring compliance with licenses terms and conditions in the form of usage.

Why your industry? Working in Compliance at SAP you gain an unprecedented amount of commercial awareness. As a law student, I’m able to gain an understanding of different negotiating positions and approaches taken by both the company and client when dealing with potential breaches of a license.

“Being able to be part of a company that drives innovation amidst a digital age is something which gives a great level of insight.” What is your top tip for working in this industry? Get involved in what the trends are in intellectual property, technology and innovation – this helps improve your performance in your potential role and set you above other candidates, especially if you make it role specific. Make the most of the opportunity!

What differentiates your industry from others? Working in the Business industry I have learned the magnitude of companies such as SAP and how their software is behind the everyday transactions of many different industries. Being able to be part of a company that drives innovation amidst a digital age is something which gives a great level of insight. Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Being a goal orientated person - this will help keep propelling you forward. In the Business industry, being able to go above and beyond your goals is crucial to stay on top. The industry’s success is reliant on innovative thinking and individuals who are willing to do more than what is expected of them.

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CHARITY Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

65%

Key skills for this industry Charities, probably more than most other companies, look for people who can show that they are truly passionate about the cause that the charity fights for, and bring that passion and dedication to the role itself. Typical opportunities Charities offer varied work experience opportunities, with previous students having worked in events production, conservation, fundraising and marketing. Find reviews for these jobs at RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do these companies want? There are thousands of charities in the sector, so each one needs employees who can help it stay competitive and attract people to its cause. Charities value creative and proactive candidates. Why choose this sector? Job satisfaction is a big pull. The work you can get involved in within this sector allows you to make a real contribution and difference to society. You may also be able to travel the world depending on who you work for. What’s expected from you? This depends on your role. Fundraisers need to be persuasive to encourage donations. Charity officers need to help with building external partnerships and bringing in volunteers. Marketing and PR students need to promote the profile of the company.


What Alexander thinks...

From NCS The Challenge Position Delivery Associate Programme Manager

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WWW.RMP.GD/THECHALLENGE About As a Delivery Associate Programme Manager, I manage logistics, a team of staff, set up partner relationships and manage the safety of our participants. I studied Musical Theatre at The London College of Music branch of University of West London.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? I’ve been involved in social action working with schools and groups to break down prejudices and violence between diverse young people. I am passionate about social integration and youth work, and so The Challenge has been the perfect place for me to continue along that avenue of work.

“The charity sector is based around awareness, it aims to influence people much more directly to step into reality rather than escape it.”

What differentiates your industry from others? The charity sector is based around awareness, it aims to influence people much more directly to step into reality rather than escape it. In the charity sector, you really get to see the positive impact your work has on young people and the community. Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Passion, energy, belief in what you are doing and ability to communicate that to others. Describe the workload and responsibility given to students in your industry. For me, it’s always been manageable. If you’re good at prioritising then you will be fine. As a Delivery Associate Programme Manager, you get to manage a number of programmes and the staff that work on the programme. Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 37th

What is your top tip for working in this industry? My top tip for working in the charity sector is to persevere and be adaptable. Many unexpected situations take place and you have to be ready to think on your feet.

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CONSULTANCY Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

71%

Key skills for this industry The ability to influence others is a key skill in this industry. Consultants work mainly with clients, and have to be able to produce strong arguments to bring people around to their way of thinking. Typical opportunities While on a consultancy placement or internship, you could work as a management trainee, technology consultant or a support analyst. Reviews of these student jobs, and thousands more like them, can be found on RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do consultancies want? If you can combine the ability to collect, analyse and present data sets that reach the goal of helping clients overcome business problems, employers will go bananas for you. Why choose consultancy? Consultancy is a rewarding career, and a chance to develop business skills, while working with clients from a wide range of industries. What’s expected from you? You don’t have to be the finished article on day one, but you will be expected to bring certain skills to the role, such as analytical thinking, good communication and commercial awareness.


What Mary thinks...

From KPMG Position Graduate Trainee – Technology Consulting

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WWW.RMP.GD/KPMG About Before joining KPMG, I studied History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. I am currently a Graduate Trainee in Cyber Security.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? The area which I work in seemed like a good career progression to include my interest but also gave me the chance to learn about something new with regards to the technology side of it. What attracted me to the Technology Consulting Graduate Programme at KPMG was how the firm very openly stated how candidates did not need the previous tech experience and that they would support you in your learning which made me feel like it was worth sending in an application.

“I am someone who likes variety and this role certainly gives me that.” What do you enjoy most about your industry? For anyone in Consulting at KPMG, your days are very varied. There is the opportunity to travel around the UK and abroad, and work with different sized businesses across a range of industry sectors. I am based in Manchester, but I have been to Dublin and Reykjavik in the last six months, and worked with clients

in banking, telecoms, construction and retail to name a few. And the work you do is also varied. For example, I have been doing a lot of work regarding Privacy as this becomes a focus for many clients due to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next year. I am someone who likes variety and this role certainly gives me that. What advice would you give to others considering a career in your industry? Don’t feel like it is a career path you can’t take just because you have chosen a different degree path. I never really saw myself going down this career path until I’d read more about it, and saw how previous experience was not needed. I was worried at first whether I had the right experience or knowledge, but as long as you can demonstrate a passion and interest in the topic and a willingness to learn, most employers will be interested. Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 3rd / Pg. 166 TOP 100 pos. 4th / Pg. 142 TOP 100 pos. 15th / Pg. 92 TOP 100 pos. 34th / Pg. 106 TOP 50 pos. 6th / Pg. 198 The Top Undergraduate Employers | 45


CONSUMER GOODS Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

54%

Key skills for this industry This depends on which area you’re working in. In shopper marketing you’ll need to be able to act on insights from research, whereas in brand marketing you’ll need conceptual ability and an understanding of global markets. Typical opportunities Previous years’ students have undertaken work experience in marketing co-ordinator, creative services, sales and marketing and design and marketing roles. Find reviews for roles like this on RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do these companies want? Employers looks for business-minded, result-driven candidates. If you are interested in meeting consumer demands, while also helping the business operate effectively and minimise costs, they’ll go crazy for you. Why choose this sector? In this sector, you will get to work with world-famous brands that are used by millions of people, and spearhead new, innovative products that could potentially become market-leaders. What’s expected from you? Many major companies operate globally and have hundreds of offices, so to progress in this sector it’s beneficial to have awareness of international markets. Language skills will also be highly beneficial.


What Jo thinks...

From Johnson & Johnson Position Senior Brand Manager, Professional Recommendation Brands JOHNSON’S® and LISTERINE® TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY

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About Jo studied a BBA at Lancaster University. She joined J&J on a 12 month placement in category development and then gained a permanent graduate role in marketing. Since, she has held various roles across consumer and healthcare professional marketing.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? Working in FMCG/healthcare, I love that we offer products and services that can help people improve their lives, be that consumers, professionals or patients. And that we have the science and evidence to back them up! In my role in marketing you feel like what you do can make a real difference.

“Placement students are given responsibility from day one, they take on projects that have a real impact on the business.“

What differentiates your industry from others? J&J operates across 3 healthcare sectors and I work in the Consumer/FMCG sector. What’s most exciting is that because you need to have a consumercentric approach, your every day job impacts peoples’ day to day lives. Being at J&J I have had the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic brands in our industry, including JOHNSON’S® , LISTERINE® and CALPOL®. Describe the workload and responsibility given to students in your industry. Placement students are given responsibility from day one. Not only do they look after important brand administration but they take on projects that have a real impact on the business. This could be running PR activity, creating new materials or leading and supporting on digital campaigns. Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 73rd / Pg. 140

What is your top tip for working in this industry? Be passionate and determined. To be a successful marketeer your consumer needs to be at the heart of everything you do. Stay close to new technologies and this will enable you to best meet and anticipate their needs.

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CYBER SECURITY Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

58%

Key skills for this industry To thrive in cyber security, you have to have strong analytical and diagnostic skills. In most roles in the industry, you will also have to demonstrate an aptitude for innovation and collaboration on a daily basis. Typical opportunities Companies often work on multiple projects at any one time, so students are exposed to cyber engineering, systems engineering, communication & exploitation, and whatever ongoing projects require.

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What do these companies want? Companies look for placement students and interns who are methodical and detail-orientated. Candidates also have to have an understanding of new technologies and their vulnerabilities, and have some practical experience of electronics or software. Why choose this sector? This is not just a career for ‘techies’, there are a wide range of jobs on offer, whatever your interests are. The industry is also, by nature, evolving quickly, so you will always be learning and developing new skills. What’s expected from you? Cyber security is an industry that is constantly evolving, responding to new threats and updates in technology. You will be expected to approach these challenges with enthusiasm, and be adaptable to face these challenges.


What George thinks...

From Roke Position Consultant Engineer

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WWW.RMP.GD/ROKE About I joined Roke from my previous employer in 2016, having previously studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Loughborough University. I’ve since been involved in a number of cyber security related projects for several of Roke’s key customers.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? I’ve always had an interest in cyber security related topics (before it was even called that). This industry gives me the opportunity to work with technologies and in subject areas that are interesting and mentally stimulating.

“To succeed in cyber security you need to have a passion for the subject, with an aptitude for learning. Those that succeed are self-motivated and have an eye for detail.” What is your top tip for working in this industry? It’s imperative to keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date. Never make assumptions with regards to how something functions. Identifying links between interconnected technologies is where we can add value for our customers.

What differentiates your industry from others? Other industries focus on how things should work, whereas here the focus is on how things actually work (or not). This adds a different dimension to how you need to approach problems. Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? To succeed in cyber security you need to have a passion for the subject, with an aptitude for learning. Those that succeed are self-motivated and have an eye for detail. What advice would you give to others considering a career in your industry? There are many websites that offer free training sessions, competitions and sandboxes where you can try out new skills. Try some of these sites to get a feel for what is involved, as experience here could be relevant in interviews. Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 4th / Pg. 142 TOP 100 pos. 51st / Pg. 82 TOP 50 pos. 33rd / Pg. 204

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ENGINEERING Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

40%

Key skills for this industry Engineering is such a broad sector, but good communication is crucial to a wide range of engineering disciplines. You need to be able to understand projects at different stages, and explain decisions to colleagues. Typical opportunities There are many different types of engineer. On RateMyPlacement.co.uk we have reviews of roles including hardware design engineer, manufacturing engineer, mechanical engineer, CAD engineer, process engineer‌ The list is endless.

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What do these companies want? Engineering companies need people who are keen to solve problems and learn, as well as bringing a level of professionalism and technical expertise to their work experience. Engineers also need to work in teams to achieve their goals. Why choose this sector? Engineers are needed in a range of organisations. This means you could benefit from good job security, the ability to progress to senior levels and the chance to work on international projects. What’s expected from you? With society facing major challenges like population growth and restricted fossil fuels, the next generation of engineers is expected to devise innovative, sustainable solutions that will tackle these head on.


What Bethany thinks...

From GSK Position Strategy Lead

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WWW.RMP.GD/GSK About I completed a degree in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Bath. At GSK I am a strategy lead, responsible for the Quality area within Global Manufacturing and Supply. This involves the development of strategies for each of the key business processes, and driving initiatives where required.

Why your industry? A family friend, who works at GSK, recommended that I look at them as an option for my industrial placement. There were a number of opportunities available just for placement schemes, which excited me because of the potential development areas for the future. The ITDP also appealed to me as it looked like it would be a great way to learn about the different areas of the company, and I was proved right!

“Being such a large organisation, strong communication skills (both verbal and written) are important.” Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? GSK is a very diverse company full of opportunity. Being such a large organisation, strong communication skills (both verbal and written) are important. Having good time management, flexibility

and organisational skills is also key as work can (and does) vary on a daily basis. Within the roles I have had, good problem solving skills and understanding the importance of effective stakeholder management are also areas that have helped me succeed. What do you enjoy most about your industry? It is not always easy to feel that you are helping people on a daily basis, but the work that GSK does both in the development of their products, and the support they provide to communities is fantastic. I get visibility of the business and genuinely feel that I am helping people to “do more, feel better and live longer”.

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HOSPITALITY, LEISURE, TRAVEL & TOURISM Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

60%

Key skills for this industry The ability to work in a team is crucial to the hospitality industry. Whichever role you find yourself in, you’ll need to be able to work with other people well and communicate effectively with customers. Typical opportunities There are hundreds of reviews for placements and internships on RateMyPlacement.co.uk, including jobs like spa attendant, management trainee, product assistant, meeting and events executive and cruise trading assistant.

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What do these companies want? Companies in this industry want people who are passionate about delivering great experiences, who are flexible in their approach to work and bring enthusiasm to everything they do. Why choose this sector? Placements and internships in this sector offer variety. You could work in anything from a hotel to a health club, a restaurant to a catering company or a holiday company to a tour operator. What’s expected from you? The hospitality and tourism sector is dependent on people enjoying their experiences, so you’ll be expected to work well in customer-facing roles, inspiring and satisfying your clients and always meeting customer expectations.


What Beth thinks...

From Enterprise Rent-A-Car Position Recruitment Manager

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WWW.RMP.GD/ERAC About I joined Enterprise on the Management Trainee programme having graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in Management & Marketing. Four years and several promotions later I’m now a Recruitment Manager.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? If you enjoy a fast-paced, varied working environment where you can progress into management and beyond, then Enterprise is a fantastic place to start your career. I have learnt and developed many skills in my time here: communication, sales, relationship management, leadership and so much more.

“At Enterprise most of our employees started on our Graduate or Internship programme” What is your top tip for working in this industry? As a retailer, providing great customer service is absolutely key at Enterprise, it’s the foundation of our success. In my role as a recruiter, how we treat candidates is also important – they are customers too, just with a different name!

What differentiates your industry from others? This industry is great for career progression, and Enterprise is no different: most of our employees started on our Graduate or Internship programme. It’s great to know that everyone at Enterprise has been through exactly what you are going through, including the CEO! Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? The most important for me are: the drive and ambition to succeed in a targetdriven environment; enthusiasm and passion for providing great customer service; the ability to adapt your communication styles to a variety of different customers and employees from all walks of life.

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INVESTMENT BANKING Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

74%

Key skills for this industry This is a sector suited to sharp-minded undergraduates who are quick to understand new concepts, as well as those who can cope with the stress that comes from working in a fast-paced, high-pressured industry. Typical opportunities On RateMyPlacement.co.uk we have thousands of investment banking job reviews. Previous students who have reviewed their experiences worked in roles including regulatory reporting, sales and trading, asset management, as summer analysts and operations interns. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY

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What do investment banks want? Big banks employ students from a range of backgrounds to create teams with diverse skills-sets. Candidates also have to show a keen interest in investment banking. Why choose this sector? Aside from pay and bonuses (which can be very generous) undergraduates in this sector gain highly technical skills, all of which are transferable across other sectors and abroad. What’s expected from you? You’ll need to show employers you are a problem solver who can work under pressure, be good at liaising with clients and assisting on projects.


What David thinks...

From Morgan Stanley Position Executive Director, EMEA M&A

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WWW.RMP.GD/MORGANSTANLEY About I’m an Executive Director within the firm’s EMEA M&A team specialising in cross border mergers and acquisitions. I joined the firm in April 2009, after studying Economics and Finance at Trinity College, Dublin and working as an M&A lawyer for 6 years.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? Having spent the first few years of my career in Dublin and London, I wanted the opportunity to work across geographies, cultures and with a global client base. Investment Banking provides me with all of that, and more.

“I get to travel the world, work with extremely bright and intelligent people and work at one of the best firms in the world.” What is your top tip for working in this industry? Other than hard work, ‘be curious’. Asking yourself ‘why?’ will force you to step outside of your comfort zone, develop relationships and gain greater experience in life. What do you enjoy most about your industry? I get to travel the world, work with extremely bright and intelligent people

and work at one of the best firms in the world. What differentiates your industry from others? The ever-changing nature of capital markets means that no one day is ever the same in Investment Banking. Politics, conflict, natural disasters, cyber-attacks and even sporting events have an impact on capital markets so it is almost impossible to predict what tomorrow holds. Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Integrity, diligence and teamwork. This is a service industry so without clients you have no business. You won’t attract or retain clients without demonstrating integrity and diligence. We only achieve success when we work collegially. These characteristics are at the heart of everything we do. Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 1st / Pg. 136 TOP 100 pos. 2nd / Pg. 84 TOP 100 pos. 9th / Pg. 122 TOP 100 pos. 10th / Pg. 160 TOP 100 pos. 16th / Pg. 164 The Top Undergraduate Employers | 55


INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

56%

Key skills for this industry Investment managers help clients make decisions about where they want to put their money and earn great returns. You need to have strong research skills, understand markets and products and have an analytical, numerate mind. Typical opportunities In the past, students have worked in many different roles, as financial analysts, financial services interns, marketing finance analysts and trainee wealth advisers. Head to RateMyPlacement.co.uk to read reviews about their experiences.

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What do these companies want? Investment management companies look for placement students and interns who can help clients make money. This involves creating investment portfolios, so you’ll need knowledge of different markets and strong risk assessment skills. Why choose this sector? If you start off in financial management, you’ll get to work on projects that will expand your skill set, such as creating investment strategies, meeting clients and managing risk. What’s expected from you? You’ll need your A-game for work experience in this role. Work can be demanding and the hours long.


What Fiona thinks...

From Fidelity International Position Director of Research

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WWW.RMP.GD/FIDELITY About I studied Modern Languages at Cambridge. Being at Fidelity helped develop my passion for understanding how companies tick, including three years as an assistant portfolio manager on a European diversified portfolio. 10 years on and I’ve followed companies in all kinds of sectors. I’m now a Director of Research.

Why your industry? The variety. It sounds clichéd but genuinely no two days are the same. You can wake up in the morning with a plan, but if one of the companies you are looking at has a profit warning, or perhaps they make an acquisition, then all bets are off.

“Do your homework, and read the Financial Times for at least 10 minutes each day. Each sector has specific terminology and the FT will help you pick all this up.”

in, day out, and it eventually becomes second nature to you. Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Flexibility and adaptability are key attributes which contribute to being successful in investment management. It’s also very important that you have an inquisitive mind. Asking intelligent questions holds the key to any investment decision, and therefore plays a large role in your success. What advice would you give to others considering a career in your industry? Do your homework, and read the Financial Times for at least 10 minutes each day. Each sector has specific terminology and the FT will help you pick all this up.

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What is your top tip for working in your industry? Read, read and read. Then read some more! There are lots of helpful investment books out there, but the Financial Times is a good place to start. It helps you get used to the jargon that is used day

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IT Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

36%

Key skills for this industry As the technical sector continues to mature - and Big Data and the Internet of Things become ingrained in modern society - IT experts who can manage, administer and understand databases and networks effectively will be in greater demand. Typical opportunities Students have worked in roles including operations specialist, solutions/systems engineer, IT business analyst and backend development. Check out reviews at RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

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What do IT companies want? Businesses want students who are interested in technology, so ideally you need to show that you’re up to date with developments and new releases in the industry. Why choose IT? The IT sector is growing! Many companies need IT specialists now, so there are job opportunities in an array of settings across the UK. What’s expected of you? Again, expectations depend on the role. If you’re a network engineer, you’ll be responsible for building communications networks, while system managers look after a company’s internal IT infrastructures.


What Will thinks...

From Sparx Position Technical Director

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WWW.RMP.GD/SPARX About Will graduated from the University of Bristol with a Mathematics degree. An interest in gaming led to a career in Software Development. Will’s programming expertise covers a broad spectrum, including Python, JavaScript, C++, Objective-C, Angular, React, Django, iOS, PS3 and XBox. Will joined Sparx in 2013 and leads the team of developers.

Why did you choose to work in your industry? I wanted to work in an industry that was creative and technical. With a Mathematics degree there were a lot of technical opportunities open to me, but they didn’t allow a creative outlet. IT, and Software Development in particular, allows creativity in a technical environment.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to be creative, such as building a new component from scratch, with the latest technology.” What is your top tip for working in this industry? IT is stereotypically seen as an industry focused on individual working, but now collaboration and strong communication are key. Collaborate with your team as much as possible; others’ experience and opinions bring a different perspective and are often very insightful.

What differentiates your industry from others? IT is incredibly varied – in both the types of roles and industries you could work in. The current EduTech sector offers the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology in an agile environment, whilst making a difference. Our work will have a significant impact on improving educational outcomes. What do you enjoy most about your industry? I enjoy having the opportunity to be creative, such as building a new component from scratch, with the latest technology. I’m also motivated by knowing that what we’re developing will engage young people in their maths education and help them achieve their full potential.

Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 22nd / Pg. 158 TOP 100 pos. 29th / Pg. 132 TOP 100 pos. 60th / Pg. 134 TOP 50 pos. 2nd / Pg. 214 TOP 10 Finalist / Pg. 246 The Top Undergraduate Employers | 59


LAW Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

65%

Key skills for this industry Strong written and verbal communication skills are valuable in this sector. This isn’t just about knowing what to say and saying it with conviction – it’s about being able to listen. Typical opportunities Legal work experience opportunities are generally known as vacation schemes. You don’t just have to be doing law to undertake a vacation scheme – in fact many firms take on a mixture of law and non-law students.

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What do these companies want? Law firms are on the lookout for people who have the potential to earn a training contract. This means you should be able to present sound arguments, work with people from a range of backgrounds and enthusiastically take on research tasks. Why choose this sector? Law is an important and rewarding career. You will get to work on challenging cases, help people in need and potentially earn a top salary too. What’s expected from you? Vacation schemes can vary in content. Some days you may be shadowing one colleague, while on others you may be picking up assignments from whoever needs help in the office.


What Matthew thinks...

From Shoosmiths LLP Position Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group based in Nottingham

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WWW.RMP.GD/SHOOSMITHS About After studying law at the University of Nottingham and the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School I trained as a solicitor with Shoosmiths. I have been a partner since 2004 and work in the real estate team dealing with transactions relating to commercial properties including shopping centres, high street, industrial and investment premises.

Why your industry? As a commercial lawyer I have always enjoyed managing transactions for my clients and seeing them through to a successful conclusion. It’s really rewarding to be involved in deals that make a difference to the success of your clients’ businesses.

“The law doesn’t stay still and is constantly developing with new legislation and cases. It’s definitely never boring!” What is your top tip for working in your industry? Always look at every situation from all angles. We have to be able to give our clients the best possible advice in every scenario and to do so we need to recognise our clients’ overall aims as well as appreciating all the individual details.

What differentiates your industry from other industries? Law is an intellectually stimulating industry with a lot of very technical issues and negotiations, but at the same time it’s very people-focused with a lot of our time spent talking to clients and other lawyers. It’s also very dynamic - the law doesn’t stay still and is constantly developing with new legislation and cases. It’s definitely never boring! Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Attention to detail is a vital skill for any lawyer. We often have to read through a lot of information to pick out crucial points and an ability to analyse documents thoroughly and efficiently is important. Being good with people, especially having good listening skills, and being able to think on your feet are also absolutely crucial.

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PROPERTY Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

50%

Key skills for this industry If you’re working in property and real estate, you’ll need to be self-motivated, confident and persuasive in order to close deals with prospective buyers and make sales. Typical opportunities You’ll find hundreds of property placement and internship reviews on RateMyPlacement.co.uk. Previous students have worked in internal communications, building surveying, as a trainee surveyor, estate agents and even town planning.

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What do these companies want? Surveying companies need people who can assess properties, work in line with regulations and manage planning applications. Estate agents want candidates who can meet each of their client’s needs and present properties in a friendly, confident manner. Why choose this sector? In property you get to work on major projects, which could be anything from a new airport terminal to a hospital or apartment block. It’s a great opportunity to meet people and visit property sites. What’s expected from you? Whichever area of property you’re in, you need to be commercially aware and up-to-date with the housing market. New legislations and developments crop up all the time, as do disputes and valuations, so you need to be on top of it all.


What Victoria thinks...

From Savills (UK) Ltd Position Graduate Planner

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WWW.RMP.GD/SAVILLS About I completed a four year Undergraduate Masters Degree in Town Planning at the University of Sheffield. I joined Savills Bristol Planning team in September 2016 and I’m currently working towards my APC submission.

Why your industry? I was originally interested in a career in property because it incorporated two things that interest me: Geography and Business. This interest was heightened after undertaking internships, including one at Savills, whilst studying at university. What is your top tip for working in your industry? The property industry is all about relationships. Try to utilise networking opportunities, you never know who you’re going to meet, but make sure you’re having fun!

“Students are given access to clients on a daily basis, and are encouraged to take on a central role in projects.”

global issues. Every day is different, and that includes the type of projects. Which personality traits or skills aid success in your industry? Tenacity -­keep going until you have a solution or answer to the question, but also don’t be afraid to ask questions. Describe the workload and responsibility given to students in your industry Students are exposed to a vast array of projects and you draw on the expertise of your colleagues - if you’re ever stuck there’s always somebody to help out. Students are given access to clients on a daily basis, and are encouraged to take on a central role in projects.

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What differentiates your industry from other industries? The property industry is constantly changing and is closely connected to The Top Undergraduate Employers | 63


RETAIL Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

66%

Key skills for this industry The retail sector is driven by commercial success. Retailers have to stay current and predict consumer trends, so students really have to show that they are business-minded enough to make a positive impact. Typical opportunities It’s safe to say that there are more roles in this industry than any other. RateMyPlacement.co.uk has reviews for roles like food technology placement, trainee commercial manager, retail assistant and business placement programme.

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What do these companies want? Retail companies look for candidates who are leaders, great organisers and targetdriven. In interviews and assessment centres, show that you are proactive and aren’t scared to put yourself forward for managing projects. Why choose this sector? A major reason for choosing to work in the retail sector is the sheer range of roles you can get involved in. You could work in logistics, merchandising, store management, operations, design, marketing and sales. What’s expected from you? If you put yourself forward for something, you need to make sure you go through with it and show that you can be trusted. This could be driving sales and ensuring that team members deliver outstanding customer service.


What Rebecca thinks...

From Lidl Position Supply Chain Project Manager

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Rebecca joined as a placement student in 2013, part of her Business Management degree at Northumbria University. She returned to Lidl in 2015 in the North East supply chain department, and is now helping establish a supply chain team in a recently opened warehouse. Why did you choose to work in your industry? I was attracted to Lidl because it offered me the chance to work across lots of different departments, including sales, warehouse operations, property and supply chain. It gave me a really good understanding of the industry and of Lidl as a business, too. My placement showed me just how competitive – and constantly changing and growing – the industry is.

“After my placement I knew I wanted to come back and work in supply chain once I had finished my degree because I enjoyed the huge scope to contribute to the business.” What is your top tip for working in this industry? Lidl is always looking for innovative and logical ideas to grow the business – you can make a difference and boost your own development at the same time by voicing your ideas and suggestions for

improvements that can be made. What differentiates your industry from others? It’s fast moving, every day is different and brings new and exciting challenges! In supply chain, we work with external suppliers nationally and internationally, so there are lots of challenges to overcome on a daily basis to get our products on the shelves. The placement gave me a really good understanding of the supply chain department and a strong overview of the business as I was able to work within lots of different business areas. What do you enjoy most about your industry? That it’s constantly changing. I’ve been really lucky to get such great exposure across the business. In the time I’ve been here I’ve seen the business grow and evolve hugely and it’s given me invaluable experience. It’s amazing to be part of such a fast growing business. Industry Employers TOP 100 pos. 33rd / Pg. 148 TOP 100 pos. 40th / Pg. 114 TOP 100 pos. 59th / Pg. 72 TOP 100 pos. 94th / Pg. 182 TOP 100 pos. 95th / Pg. 154 The Top Undergraduate Employers | 65


SCIENCE & RESEARCH Average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates:

31%

Key skills for this industry As one of the most technical sectors, you need to have a keen interest in science to work in this field. A broad understanding of science, combined with expertise in your chosen area is crucial. Typical opportunities RateMyPlacement.co.uk has thousands of science placement and internship reviews online, for roles like research scientist, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, operations analyst and R&D software developer intern.

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What do these companies want? Companies in this sector need people who are naturally inquisitive and have a genuine interest in science. A scheme in this industry involves consuming knowledge, applying what you’ve learned and doing research, in order to make new discoveries and improve processes. Why choose this sector? Scientific research is at the heart of society. If you are naturally curious and want to work on diverse projects, such as fighting diseases, developing antibiotics or finding alternative energy sources (to name a few), science and research is for you. What’s expected from you? Placement students and interns do not stare into Petri dishes all day. You need to bring more general skills to the fore, like the ability to lead teams and even handle project budgets.


What Mark thinks...

From National Instruments Position Inside Sales Engineering Manager

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About

After studying Physics at the University of Exeter, Mark joined NI as an Inside Sales Engineer (ISE) through ELP. He has developed as an ISE Team Lead, Application Engineer and District Sales Manager before his current role as ISE Manager. Why did you choose to work in your industry? I wanted the chance to work in an industry that truly changes the world that we live in. It’s exciting to know and understand the complexity behind seemingly simple tasks like driving a car, or using a mobile phone – knowing that you have the ability to influence the world around you is inspiring.

“Knowing that you have the ability to influence the world around you is inspiring.” What differentiates your industry from others? You get to build on technical and business skills to either grow with the companies you work for, or to create your own business. A lot of the most successful companies in recent years have all come from someone who has a vision, and the technical skills to prototype their idea and prove it out.

Describe the workload and responsibility given to students in your industry? Students are trusted with responsibility to interact with customers from very early on. Initial training is created to get up to speed on fundamentals, after which there is continuous development throughout their time at work through training and project work. What do you enjoy most about your industry? Each day you have different problems to solve, this gives a great opportunity to learn and come back better the next day. Eventually you’ll find that you become a point of contact for others – you then get the satisfaction of passing on the knowledge and seeing how other people process and use it.

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79th Reviewed by 17 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Manufacturing & Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

29

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, R&D, IT, Marketing, Digital Marketing & Sales Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £18,000, 25 days holiday, flexible working, subsidised canteen, discount on 3M products, sports and social events

How to apply Entry Requirements: 300 UCAS points & predicted 2:1 in a relevant degree Application Process: Online Application, Online Aptitude Testing, Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre & Offer fb.me/3MUK @3M_UK www.rmp.gd/3m

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3M is a science-based technology company that’s committed to improving lives. We tackle real world problems with an array of innovative approaches satisfying customers in fields as diverse as healthcare, personal safety, office products and transportation. You may already be familiar with some of the things we do - or maybe you interact with 3M products and technologies every day and are just not aware of it. A quarter of the world’s population use our products in some way, shape or form. That’s 1.7 billion people! In fact, on average, one of us will come into contact with a 3M technology 100 times a day, that’s a little bit of us every fifteen minutes. For over 110 years, 3M products have improved daily life for people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, buildings safer and consumer electronics lighter and less energyintensive. We even made our mark on the first moon landing... If you are interested in applying yourself to improving the world, we’d like to hear from you!


What Alex thinks...

Alex Bryce From University of Reading Studying Business & Management Position Marketing Assistant Industrial Placement Student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/3M What was the interview process like? Organised and enjoyable. The main activities involved are psychometric tests, a group task, face-to-face interviews, and a presentation. I enjoyed the chance to explore 3M at my assessment centre and get a feel for the company I had applied for.

What has been your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge has been understanding that mistakes are ok. It took me a while to grasp that the reaction and how a problem is managed is far greater than the problem itself to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

How much responsibility do you have? I have been given lots of responsibilities and have never felt like a student. The level of responsibility grew rapidly which I found a very exciting challenge and prospect. This helped considerably to instill confidence in my own ability within the team.

Describe your biggest achievement My biggest achievement was seeing a piece of work I had developed since the start of my placement get implemented as part of a new key strategy. It was very rewarding to see my work become an integral part of a new project.

“Many graduates who did a placement have returned to 3M, testament to the value of the placement scheme and 3M’s ability to retain talent.” What do you most enjoy about your role? The most enjoyable aspect of my role is the diversity of marketing activities I undertake. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in everything from events to product management, helping me identify my strengths and weaknesses.

How promising are the graduate prospects? Growth and development is heavily emphasised and opportunities throughout the placement programme compliment this. Many graduates who did a placement have returned to 3M, testament to the value of the placement scheme and 3M’s ability to retain talent. @RateMyPlacement I’ve loved my

year working at 3M. I’ve led key projects,

networked across the organisation, grown

in confidence and had continuous support to push the boundaries...all in 12 months! #3mers #canidoitagain?

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59th Reviewed by 43 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Retail

Number of Vacancies:

50

Roles Recruiting Into: General Management, Corporate Buying, eCommerce and IT Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £25,000 (pro-rata), 4 weeks holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: Minimum 240 UCAS points, predicted 2:1 degree Application Process: Online application form and tests, video application, group interview, one-to-one interview fb.me/AldiCareersUK @AldiCareersUK www.rmp.gd/aldi

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Aldi is one of the world’s leading retailers with over 700 stores in the UK and recently crowned ‘Employer of the Year’ at The Grocer Gold Awards 2017. The company’s Industrial Placement programme offers unprecedented experience in a rapidly growing, energetic business across four business areas - General Management, Corporate Buying, eCommerce and IT. These are placements for hard-working, passionate and inquisitive students who want to prove their value. In your chosen area, you’ll develop your skills across a number of teams. It’s a great way to begin to understand how all our different operations work together. You’ll need to be excited by the challenges of a major retailer – and the opportunities for early responsibility and exposure to a leading business. What’s more, you’ll be keen to make a big impression. Yes, it’ll be demanding – but we reward our people extremely well. You’ll get £25,000 for the 52 weeks you’re with us, receive 4 weeks’ holiday allowance, plus bank holidays. And of course you’ll have the chance to apply for a permanent role after graduation.


What Jess thinks...

Jess From Oxford Brookes University Studying Business and Marketing Management Position Area Manager (former General Management Industrial Placement student)

What was the interview process like? There were three stages – an initial online application, where I had to create a 5 minute video, a group assessment and a final face-to-face interview with the regional MD. I felt properly valued as a potential permanent employee. How much responsibility do you have? Quite simply, they expect you to deliver and are really not afraid to give you responsibility – no matter which placement you’re doing. They’ll push you to exceed your own goals but will always give invaluable support to help you achieve them.

“If you prove yourself, the opportunities are like no other. I may have been nervous on day one, but I found my stride really quickly.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? If you go in with a positive attitude and have determination, respect, resilience and an eagerness to learn – you’ll absolutely have the best year. I’ve completely changed as a person for the better and my maturity has skyrocketed.

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WWW.RMP.GD/ALDI How has this experience exceeded your expectations? This is not just a year in industry – it’s a real job. And if you prove yourself, the opportunities are like no other. I may have been nervous on day one, but I found my stride really quickly. And as the year progressed I was even given responsibility for my own projects which had a real impact on the business. What is the office atmosphere like? It’s incredibly welcoming but also very professional. Everyone truly understands their own roles – creating a very clear cut environment. What has been your biggest challenge? For me, it was going into a store and basically taking the reins. A 20-year old, with little retail experience, managing people who’ve been there 20 years – it’s quite daunting. But I formed such a strong family bond with the team that it became the highlight of my placement.

@RateMyPlacement This is a

challenging placement where you’ll

‘become Aldi’ , make the most of the

opportunity and absolutely prove your worth #managermaterial

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DARE TO EMBRACE INNOVATION. EMPOWER PEOPLE. PUSH THE BENCHMARK. Here is your home.

89th Reviewed by 15 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

60

Roles Recruiting Into: Actuarial, Finance, Claims, IT, Operations, Pricing & Underwriting Locations: Nationwide in > 20 offices Salary & Benefits: Competitive, holiday entitlement, gym, subsidised canteen, training and development opportunities

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 in any degree discipline (some schemes require specific degrees) Application Process: Online Application, Psychometric Tests, Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre fb.me/allianz @allianz www.rmp.gd/allianz

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If you dare, there’s an Allianz Insurance is one of the largest opportunity for you at general insurers inwww.allianz.co.uk/graduates the UK and part of the Allianz Group, the largest property and casualty insurer in the world. We serve more than 85 million customers in over 70 countries and provide peace of mind and protection in unforeseen circumstances, for individual private customers as well as large business clients. We currently have 142,000 employees globally with 4,600 employees in our UK insurance business at over 26 office locations.

Allianz is big enough to give you plenty of opportunities, experience and responsibility, but not too big not to know your name and genuinely care about your career. Our 9 week summer internships and 12 months placement programmes at locations across the UK have been designed to give you real responsibility and the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to the business. All our opportunities could lead to a permanent job offer with us on completion of your studies.


What Lucy thinks...

Lucy Filer From University of Southampton Studying Mathematics Position Financial Analyst TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/ALLIANZ What was the application process like? It comprised of 4 competency-based questions, then numerical and inductive reasoning tests, followed by a telephone interview. You are then invited to attend an assessment centre containing another interview and a presentation.

What is the office atmosphere like? The atmosphere in the office is the main reason that I love my placement so much. All of my colleagues are extremely kind, welcoming and willing to help. There is no pressure to stay at work late and the support amongst the team is excellent.

What was the interview process like? There was a relatively relaxed atmosphere which enabled me to answer the questions at ease. The questions ranged from those about the company to my own personal experiences.

What activities are there outside of work? The company is really fantastic at running events; from charity walks to London theatre productions. They also run numerous clubs including Netball, Football, Squash, Badminton and Rugby. After work drinks is also a regular occurrence.

“The company is really fantastic at running events; from charity walks to London theatre productions. They also run numerous clubs including Netball, Football, Squash, Badminton and Rugby.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Ensure that you have done the research prior to applying for a role. It is always good to have awareness on hot topics in the industry. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it will show you have a genuine interest.

How promising are the graduate prospects? Having spoken to other graduates, I understand that a high proportion of interns join graduate schemes. I have been reassured that if I do a fantastic job and show that I am keen and hardworking the prospects of a place on the graduate scheme are high. @RateMyPlacement I cannot wait to

be a part of this fantastic company! It is

impossible to imagine working anywhere else. #excitedformyjob

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12th Reviewed by 28 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services/ Payments

Number of Vacancies:

40

Roles Recruiting Into: Finance, Marketing, Business Development, Business Management and Customer Strategy, Technology, Risk Locations: London, Burgess Hill and Brighton Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, 22 days holiday, pension, flexible working, private healthcare

How to apply Entry Requirements: 320 UCAS points, predicted 2:1 degree Application Process: Online application, video interview, assessment centre fb.me/americanexpressuk @ www.rmp.gd/americanexpress

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American Express’ heritage was built on service and has been sustained by innovation. Through our evolution from an express mail business in 1850, to one of the world’s largest card issuers by purchasing volume and a digital innovator, we’ve never been afraid to explore new possibilities and embrace the changing marketplace. American Express provides customers with exceptional access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. From our high employee satisfaction ratings to our many workplace awards, American Express is consistently recognised as a great place to work. As a summer intern or a graduate at American Express, you’ll be encouraged to push yourself, generate new ideas, take calculated risks and collaborate across business lines. And you won’t be alone—we’ll support you with the right combination of on-the-job experience, professional mentoring and formal training so you can strengthen your business expertise and enhance your leadership skills.


WE’LL MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENT LOANS WERE WORTH IT.

CHALLENGE EVERY DAY Calling all strivers, all innovators and achievers. Aspiring leaders with ideas and ideals. The ones who want to make a difference, and who have the will to see things through. American Express is a collaborative culture where open doors encourage a steady flow of ideas from all. And where every employee, whether directly or indirectly, contributes to the world-class service that has become our hallmark—past, present and future. Come meet us and find out why talented people who want their work to make an impact choose to challenge themselves here.

Find out more at careers.americanexpress.com/students/uk


56th Reviewed by 19 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Pharmaceuticals

Number of Vacancies:

60+

Roles Recruiting Into: Various scientific opportunities Locations: Primarily in the UK with some industrial opportunities in Sweden Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Studying for a degree in a relevant discipline Application Process: Please apply online instagr.am/astrazeneca_careers fb.me/astrazenecacareers @AstraZenecaJobs www.rmp.gd/astrazeneca

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AstraZeneca is a global biopharmaceutical business that pushes the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Agile and purposeful, it annually invests over $5bn in R&D to pursue discoveries beyond imagination, and brings together 60,000 people in 100+ countries in a unique spirit of innovation. Students from any discipline who are inspired by what science can do thrive in AstraZeneca’s diverse and international culture. They take real responsibility from day one, and throughout their programme, they have the opportunity to contribute to ground-breaking projects and gain an extensive understanding of the global pharmaceutical industry. There are many paths students at AstraZeneca can follow to achieve their career objectives. Outstanding personal development plans are devised with managers. Passionate leaders can be found at all levels. And there is a strong support network within a performance management framework which helps set those on placement up for success. All within an energising and entrepreneurial environment.


What Robert thinks...

Robert Hanson From Keele University Studying BSc Biochemistry with Human Biology, with Industrial Placement Position Graduate Scientist (previously Industrial Placement Student)

What was the interview process like? The interviewers made me feel at ease and positively probed my technical knowledge and motivation in order to get the best out of me. I enjoyed the tours of the laboratories and listening to scientists talk passionately about their work. How much responsibility do you have? Focusing on my own research project, I worked independently in the laboratory and managed my own time and experiments. I also worked alongside my supervisor to generate data to support active drug projects. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Approach the prospects of doing an industrial placement with an open mind. This is a great opportunity to try new things, and a chance to push yourself to learn about subject areas beyond your degree.

“No matter which direction your career takes, the experience will help you stand out in today’s competitive market.” What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoyed building my knowledge of drug R&D. It was an exciting environment to work in - knowing each day you were involved in cutting-edge research and

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WWW.RMP.GD/ASTRAZENECA your work contributed to developing a medicine for patients. What is the office atmosphere like? Being surrounded by scientists on a daily basis, who were both passionate about what they do and supportive of each other, definitely created a vibrant and positive environment to work within. What activities are there outside of work? AstraZeneca have an internal early talent network (AZinspire) which run social events. This is a great way to meet new people and relax after work. There is also a sports and social club connecting colleagues who have similar hobbies and interests. How promising are the graduate prospects? After completing my degree I returned to AstraZeneca on the IMED Graduate Scientist Programme. No matter which direction your career takes, the experience will help you stand out in today’s competitive market. @RateMyPlacement I’d encourage

anyone with a passion for science &

helping patients to do a placement at

#AstraZeneca, the experience & mentorship will give you new skills & enhance your career prospects #FollowTheScience #CareerDevelopment

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82nd Reviewed by 33 students

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Design, Engineering & Vacancies: Project Mgmt

166

Roles Recruiting Into: Infrastructure, Water, Energy, Transportation, Aerospace, Defence, Technology, Security, Surveying Locations: UK Salary & Benefits: Competitive + benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: Please refer to the specific job description Application Process: Online situational judgement test, full application, interview

fb.me/InsideAtkins @atkinsnextgen www.rmp.gd/atkins

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At Atkins, you’ll be joining a company that builds trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. From moving people across London faster on Crossrail through to solving the energy challenges of the future, Atkins is the team creating a better future for us all. Our people are experts in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, defence, education, energy, environment, transportation and water. We have a proud history in these sectors and an outstanding track record of success. But it’s the future we’re really excited about. The world is facing some unprecedented challenges, and we’re looking to draw on the talents of graduates to provide innovative solutions for clients in the public and private sectors. If you’re currently at university, spending time on a placement with us will help you get a better understanding of the areas that inspire you the most. You’ll be able to develop your technical skills, gain valuable experience and potentially fast track your graduate application later on.


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51st Reviewed by 38 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Defence

Number of Vacancies:

100

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, Business, Finance, Project Management, Consulting Locations: Multiple sites across the UK Salary & Benefits: £16,800 - £18,000 (pro-rata) per annum

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 degree specific degrees may be required, please check online role profiles for details Application Process: Online application

fb.me/BAESGraduates @BAESGraduates www.rmp.gd/baesystems

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Join us at BAE Systems and you’ll quickly become involved in developing some of the most technologically advanced defence, security and aerospace systems, and receive tailored development to advance your career. About Us At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions, employing a skilled workforce of some 83,100 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure. What you can expect We can offer you an exciting and fulfilling career. You’ll be working on real projects that make a difference, being part of inspiring work whilst enhancing your future career prospects. That’s what’s on offer when you choose a one year Industrial Placement, or a 12-week Summer Internship within one of our BAE Systems businesses.


Remarkable people doing work that matters

Opportunities for graduates and undergraduates Business Business Development Commercial Human Resources Procurement Project Management

Information Technology Cyber Security Consulting Business Consulting Technical Consulting Data Analytics Business Analytics

Engineering Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing & Production Mechanical Naval Architecture Software Systems

Finance Financial Accounting Management Accounting Project Accounting

BAE Systems Graduates @BAESGraduates

If you’re ready to work on projects that make a real difference visit:

baesystems.com/graduates

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2nd Reviewed by 179 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Number of Investment Banking Vacancies: and Technology

300

Roles Recruiting Into: Audit, Compliance, Finance, Investment Banking, Research, Risk, Sales & Trading, Technology Locations: Chester, Dublin, London and other locations across EMEA Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Students from all degree disciplines on track for 2:1+ Application Process: Online application, Assessment centre fb.me/ @BofA_Careers www.rmp.gd/baml

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With a presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 90 years and offices in 21 countries, we combine local knowledge and global expertise to offer products and services to Global Corporate and Investment Banking, and Global Markets clients. We know that being a diverse and inclusive company makes us stronger. It is through our diversity that we bring our clients across the world different perspectives and experiences, helping us better serve their unique needs. We’re focused on having an inclusive workplace where all employees can be themselves, achieve personal success and contribute to the responsible growth of our company. Our specialised talent acquisition teams hire diverse talent from more than 200 schools, universities and other organisations around the world. Attracting the best talent is the first important step; next is our commitment to develop and retain that talent by driving our company culture and supporting employees in their career development.


Life at the bank Your work life is so much more than just your title and role. You’ll get opportunities that are based on your skills and talents so you’re in the best position to succeed. Whether it’s by establishing a mentor, working with employee networks or joining clubs and teams you’ll get the resources to shape the career that you’re after – and you’ll get a feel for what it’s like working here every day. campus.bankofamerica.com

@BofA_Careers

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 85


88th Reviewed by 15 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

80

Roles Recruiting Into: Accountancy, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, Investment Banking, IT Locations: London Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 Degree, 300 UCAS points Application Process: Online application including various online tests, video interview questions and an assessment centre fb.me/bankofengland.co.uk @BankofEngland www.rmp.gd/bankofengland

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The impact of the Bank of England’s work is uniquely far-­reaching. As the country’s central bank, we promote the good of the people of the UK by maintaining monetary and financial stability. The work we do, and the decisions we make, influences the daily lives of millions of people. Our primary role hasn’t changed for over 300 years. But the range of work we do, and the ways in which we deliver it, is changing all the time. Today it’s changing quicker than ever before. And our undergraduates are a key part of this progress. Despite the nature of our work, economics is not the only way in. We welcome undergraduates from all degree disciplines, because quality of thinking is what counts here. Our culture is open and collaborative, where ideas are shared freely and people at every level are empowered to speak up. It is refreshingly diverse too. We look for people from all backgrounds, and individual perspectives are embraced. You’ll find a wide range of societies, clubs and employee networks open to you.


PICTURE WHAT TOMORROW’S ECONOMY COULD BE THEN GUIDE IT We have one clear aim – to ensure stability at the heart of the UK’s economy. But there are countless ways in which you could help us achieve this. From HR and Technology to Economics and Risk, you’ll be encouraged and supported to follow the path that inspires you the most. And you’ll enjoy real influence – not just over the projects you’re involved in, but also over where your future with us goes next. The Bank of England is changing today. You define tomorrow.

bankofenglandearlycareers.co.uk


7th

Top In Industry Reviewed by 197 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Number of Banking, Investment Vacancies: Banking

300

Roles Recruiting Into: Business Banking, Consumer Banking & Cards, Corporate Banking, Functions, Investment Banking, Markets, Technology, Wealth Locations: London, Midlands, North West, Scotland and Europe Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Each application is considered on merit Application Process: See website for details fb.me/BarclaysGraduates @barclaysgrads www.rmp.gd/barclays

88 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Healthy economies need innovative banks to help transform and drive social progress. At Barclays, we encourage fresh ideas that support our businesses and clients. Because we know that when they thrive, we thrive. That’s why our interns have many opportunities to get involved. To share their big ideas. And to challenge what’s already been done. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Interns from all degree backgrounds can expect the best possible start with us. Collective challenges and inspiring collaborations will expand your mind, while ongoing training will turn fledgling ideas into groundbreaking concepts. All you need is a commercial outlook, a curious nature, and the ambition to help Barclays become the best bank we can be. It’s time to start a career that fosters real development – for you, for Barclays, and for society. At Barclays you’ll have the freedom to create smarter solutions every day. Start thinking big.


The latest thinking? Time to out-think it Barclays is a place for open minds and big ideas. It’s for the openly curious, the natural collaborators, the people who believe there’s always a better way. With us, you’ll have the freedom to come up with smarter solutions every day. New products to help our customers. Fresh ways to support communities. Deals that transform businesses and turn fledgling ideas into ground-breaking innovations. It’s a huge challenge, but also an incredible opportunity. The question is, are you ready to think big? joinus.barclays


BE INSPIRED AND DEFINE THE POSSIBILITIES

44th Reviewed by 28 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus:

Number of

Audit, Tax, Advisory & Vacancies: Business Services

240

Roles Recruiting Into: Audit, Tax, Advisory, Business Services & Outsourcing Graduate and Internship Opportunities Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive & Comprehensive Package

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:2 degree, 3 A levels A*-C or equivalent Application Process: Application Form, Online Tests, Video Interview, Assessment Centre fb.me/BDOTraineesUK @BDO_trainees_uk www.rmp.gd/bdo

90 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

BDO LLP is one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms. We provide integrated advice and solutions to help businesses succeed in a changing world. Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially spirited and highgrowth businesses that fuel the economy. Our clients tell us they want to work with people who take the time to understand their needs. They want experts with confidence and experience to help navigate new and unfamiliar territory, to provide practical and insightful advice and solutions to help them succeed. We are guided by our values of mutual support and respect, empowerment and personal responsibility, professional and personal relationships and honesty and integrity. We promote a unifying culture where people are encouraged, inspired and challenged to work together and be successful. We want people to join us who are inquisitive and inspired to be as successful as they can be. Be inspired and join BDO.


What Merissa thinks...

Merissa Maciazek From University of Texas Austin Studying Bachelor of Arts Government Position Audit Trainee TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/BDO What was the interview process like? The process was really enjoyable, each step of the way because I felt like they encouraged me to be myself the entire time. Every person I met at BDO made me feel at ease and this made BDO stand out from my other interviewing experiences with other firms. How much responsibility do you have? We are given responsibility from the start; with every project the responsibility changes to cover different areas of the audit. You own your work and need to be able to discuss it with clients and senior members. How promising are the graduate prospects? The prospects are virtually endless – it just depends what you think fits you! I’ve met a lot of people who have chosen to stay at BDO and who have progressed into management roles because they enjoy the company and the work we do.

“It felt great to be recognised at such an early stage in my career, when I was really just enjoying the work that I was doing.”

a big learning step for me. Everyone in the office is really supportive to those of us without accounting backgrounds to ensure we understand what we’re doing. Describe your biggest achievement. I was nominated for a quarterly award within London Audit Group to acknowledge my performance on a challenging client project. It felt great to be recognised at such an early stage in my career, when I was really just enjoying the work that I was doing. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I think what has exceeded my expectations the most is the people that I work with. Everyone that I’ve met, all the way up to partners, have been so friendly and willing to help me learn.

@RateMyPlacement what has

exceeded my expectations the most is the

people @BDO_Trainees_UK. Everyone that I’ve met, all the way up to partners, have

been supportive, friendly & willing to help me learn. #helpingyousucceed

What has been your biggest challenge? Starting a job in auditing requires you to take accounting exams, and this was The Top Undergraduate Employers | 91


I’M ADVANCING MY CAREER, NOT STUCK ON HOLD.

Melvin

15th

Top In Industry Reviewed by 57 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus:

Number of

Finance, Sales, Software Development Vacancies:

230

Roles Recruiting Into: Analytics & Sales, Global Data, Software Development, Client Support Locations: London Salary & Benefits: Competitive, free snacks in the pantry 24/7

How to apply Entry Requirements: Varies depending on programme. European languages are an advantage Application Process: Application process varies by business area, however, expect to apply online and submit a CV fb.me/BloombergCareers @BloombergCareer www.rmp.gd/bloomberg

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Make Your Mark. Bloomberg We solve complex challenges. Bloomberg is dedicated to helping decision makers make the moves that make the world spin. In the worlds of business, finance, government, policy and philanthropy, our aim is true: provide data, information and insights that help cut through complexity to solve challenges great and small. We’d like you to join us. What We Do Founded by the visionary Michael Bloomberg and built upon a legacy of progress and innovation, Bloomberg LP is a company dedicated to helping solve complex challenges through insight and information. Working at Bloomberg means solving complex challenges across industries and geographies with some of today’s brightest minds in R&D, news & media, analytics & sales and market data research. Bloomberg LP offers employees the stability and security of a global information leader with the fast-paced atmosphere of a technology company, including unparalleled benefits, expansive training and development programs, and a global employee base that continually fosters diversity.


What Aurelie thinks...

Aurelie Herrero From La Sorbonne Paris France Studying MSc Business and International Trade Position Talent Experience Specialist TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/BLOOMBERG What was the interview process like? The interview process consisted of 3 stages: a phone interview, an assessment day with other candidates followed by an interview with a Team Leader in London and a final video conference with the Manager of the department in the Paris office.

Describe your biggest achievement Being offered a full-time job. Knowing that Bloomberg is looking for the best talent and candidates, I feel really fortunate to have shown qualities and work achievements that allowed me to get the full-time offer and be part of this company since.

What do you most enjoy about your role? Learning. In Bloomberg every day is different. As a company that is always innovating and changing you are constantly learning new procedures and expanding your knowledge in the business.

What is the office atmosphere like? Anyone that visits the office will notice it’s always moving, however I believe there is a strong team work throughout the departments. People are always keen to help and explain their area of expertise or just catch up in the pantry.

“As a company that is always innovating and changing you are constantly learning new procedures and expanding your knowledge in the business.”

What activities are there outside of work? We are fortunate to have a great philanthropy team. We can chose to help our city through different BOB events (volunteering). There’s also people that meet after work for activities like bowling or sports. @RateMyPlacement Being an Intern at

How much responsibility do you have? During my internship, I had the same responsibilities as a full time employee on the basic projects. I was entrusted with clients and was expected to meet their expectations from the beginning to the end of the project.

@Bloomberg was such a great experience

that 2 years later I am still here and with no plans to leave!

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63rd Reviewed by 32 students

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Number of

Automotive, EngineerVacancies: ing, Manufacturing

200

Roles Recruiting Into: Manufacturing, Engineering, HR, IT, Purchasing, Finance, Logistics, Sales & Marketing, Communications Locations: Oxford, Swindon, Birmingham, Goodwood, Farnborough Salary & Benefits: £17,500 (pro rata), competitive total rewards package

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 degree Application Process: Online application, online ability tests, telephone screen, face-to-face interview or assessment centre fb.me/BmwCareersUK @ www.rmp.gd/bmwgroup

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The BMW Group is one of the world’s leading car manufacturers with more than 120,000 employees in over 140 countries. With our brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, we uphold a worldwide reputation for excellence in the premium segment of the automotive industry. To ensure we continually develop our workforce, each year we welcome over 200 students on to 6 or 12-month placements within a wide range of business areas. We look for passionate students with team spirit and personal initiative, as well as an uncompromising desire to constantly further their knowledge. At the BMW Group, we believe in creating an environment where our interns can learn by doing and where they are given their own areas of responsibilities from the start. That’s why our experts will treat you as part of the team from day one and give you the opportunity to really show what you can do. So if you share our passion for future premium mobility solutions, join our team.


What George thinks...

George Mitchell From University of Reading Studying Mathematics with Finance and Investment Banking BSc Position Risk Management Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/BMWGROUP What was the interview process like? It was testing but great fun. The process involved three stages: online tests, a phone interview and then finally an assessment centre. Each of the three stages proved a different challenge but all provided great experience. How much responsibility do you have? The level of responsibility is always growing. Once you prove you are able to do something the manager will always be looking to push you to the next level and help you to get there. What do you most enjoy about your role? The exposure I am able to receive. As part of this role I often have to liaise with other departments. Doing this gives me an insight into what each department does. By working with these departments I am able to learn from each and every one of them.

“The company puts on many great activities such as football tournaments, a Summer fair and much more.�

and constructed myself before sharing my findings with the National Risk Committee. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? Before starting my placement, I would never have thought that placement students would ever be able to present to members of the Board. However, I was given this opportunity and it was one I enjoyed greatly. What is the office atmosphere like? Phenomenal. The company prides itself on employee satisfaction and it is very clear that everyone in the office is extremely happy to be working for BMW Group. What activities are there outside of work? The company puts on many great activities such as football tournaments, a Summer fair and much more. There are also many employee run groups that do different things outside of work. For example, I am part of the running club. @RateMyPlacement Amazing

placement year at BMW Financial Services. Gained brilliant exposure to many areas

Describe your biggest achievement. I had the opportunitiy to present to the Board of Directors on the topic of Brexit. This was a presentation I researched

of finance whilst working in a fantastic environment. #illbeback

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49th Reviewed by 44 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Energy and Services

Number of Vacancies:

65

Roles Recruiting Into: Business, Engineering, HR, Finance, IT, Marketing Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive, free accommodation & more

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 degree Application Process: Online application, psychometric tests, telephone interview, assessment centre instagr.am/centrica.grads fb.me/centricacareers @CentricaCareers www.rmp.gd/centrica

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Centrica plc is an international energy and services company with around 27 million customer accounts and a worldwide workforce of over 36,000 employees. We operate mainly in the UK, Ireland and North America through strong brands such as British Gas, Direct Energy and Bord Gáis. We are a top 50 FTSE 100 company focused on satisfying the changing needs of our customers by delivering high levels of customer service, and improving customer engagement and loyalty. We are developing innovative products through our Hive brand, as well as offers and solutions underpinned by an investment in technology. Sound like the place for you? Well if you’ve got the talent and ambition, then we’ve got the opportunities and development initiatives to help you achieve your potential. From roles involving hard hats to those more suited to laptops, you’ll find that whatever you are studying we have a role that will help you to develop and launch your career. And if you are successful in your placement, you could leave with a graduate job secured!


What Gen thinks...

Gen Tatla From University of Nottingham Studying BSc (Hons) Psychology Position HR Summer Placement TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/CENTRICA How much responsibility do you have? I have been given a huge amount of responsibility; it is clear that the work given as a summer placement is very meaningful and the company place a lot of value on students. What I work on will be displayed on the company website, and have a real impact. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? I would say to relax, the assessment day is not designed to trick you, the assessors genuinely want to see you do well, and in order to do the best you can you should relax and be yourself!

“It is clear that the work given as a summer placement is very meaningful and the company place a lot of value on students.” What do you most enjoy about your role? The most enjoyable part of my role is the freedom I am given, the team trust me to manage my own tasks and time but are always available for support when needed. As well as this I have a huge variety of tasks to complete, which makes every day different.

stakeholders, both internally and externally to produce a fully completed graduate recruitment brochure and update of the recruitment webpage, which is now live online. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I didn’t expect to be given work that would have such a significant impact on the business, I was tasked with projects that would be uploaded onto the official Centrica website, and gave me the chance to work with various individuals across the business. How promising are the graduate prospects? Very promising, it is clear that Centrica want you to do well, and provide all the tools to have a successful summer placement. If you work hard, meet all your objectives and show a can-do attitude you will be considered for a graduate role. @RateMyPlacement What a great

summer at Centrica! I was given huge

responsibility, support and development

opportunities, all of which will set me up for my future career #Happy

Describe your biggest achievement. I would say my biggest achievement was successfully engaging with various The Top Undergraduate Employers | 97


13th Reviewed by 37 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Law

Number of Vacancies:

65

Roles Recruiting Into: Vacation Scheme 2018, First Steps 2018, CMS Academy 2018 Locations: London and 70 other offices worldwide Salary & Benefits: ÂŁ350 per week

How to apply Entry Requirements: ABB at A-Level and predicted 2:1 at undergraduate Application Process: Please visit our website for more information instagr.am/CMSGraduates fb.me/CMSUKGraduates @CMSUK_Graduates www.rmp.gd/cms

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Firm overview: In 2017, CMS UK, Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP combined in what was the largest ever merger in the UK legal industry, combining top quality sector expertise with international scale across its six core sectors of Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Lifesciences & Healthcare, Real Estate & Technology, Media & Communications. The firm is modern and ambitious. Vacation scheme: The CMS Academy, CMS’s nextgeneration vacation scheme, starts with innovative leadership development training in London including panel discussions with clients, case studies, work simulation exercises and client visits amongst other things! The second part of the programme includes an internship within one of our UK offices. First-year insight & open days: The CMS First Steps programme offers an introduction to commercial law and working in a global law firm. The programme comprises an introduction to CMS, skills sessions and an opportunity to shadow our fee earners.


What Keith thinks...

Keith Martin From University of Glasgow Studying Law (LLB) Position CMS Academy Vacation Scheme Student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/CMS What was the interview process like? The interview process was simple and straight-forward: a short written exercise followed by two interviews, each with two senior CMS lawyers. While each interview was structured to assess certain key competencies to keep the process fair, the interviewers had a good grasp of my CV and asked questions relevant to my career. When discussing legal topics and current affairs, the interviewers challenged my views and encouraged me to explain my reasoning. Like any good interview, it turned into a conversation and I left with a much better idea of how CMS sees itself in the legal market and what the firm is looking for.

“I was impressed by how interested the team was in making sure I got the most out of the internship, while finding ways for me to genuinely add value to their client work.” What do you most enjoy about your role? The highlight was the Business of Law week which kicked off the three-week CMS Academy programme. Each day was comprised of a number of sessions designed to assess a range of abilities

and familiarise the group with CMS. We got to know the Faculty members well throughout the week and each held their own masterclass based on their speciality. From the neuroscience behind business behaviours to trips to visit the firm’s top clients, the Business of Law week is a comprehensive introduction to more than just life in a law firm, but to a career in building and developing businesses. How much responsibility do you have? For the internship part of the CMS Academy, I joined the firm’s Tax team. I essentially became a trainee for the two weeks that I was there and I made an effort to collaborate and take on work from as many other lawyers as I could. I was impressed by how interested the team was in making sure I got the most out of the internship, while finding ways for me to genuinely add value to their client work. I was very quickly given responsibility for real client work and given regular constructive feedback on it. It was exciting to be part of events as they unfolded.

@RateMyPlacement Loved the CMS

Academy experience - one of the best vacation schemes out there

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24th Reviewed by 101 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Investment Banking

Number of Vacancies:

200

Roles Recruiting Into: Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Global Markets Sales & Trading, Global Markets Research, Technology (IT) Locations: London, Dublin, Europe, Middle East Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary plus benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 degree Application Process: CV, online application, numerical and verbal reasoning tests, interview, assessment centre fb.me/creditsuissecareers @creditsuisse www.rmp.gd/creditsuisse

100 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Credit Suisse is a leading wealth manager with strong investment banking capabilities and strong presence in our home market Switzerland. We seek to follow a balanced approach to wealth management, aiming to capitalize on the large pool of wealth within mature markets as well as the significant growth in wealth in Asia Pacific and other emerging markets. Founded in 1856, we today have a global reach with operations in over 50 countries and 46,640 employees from over 150 different nations. It is a high priority for us to continually invest in our employees by providing ongoing opportunities for training, networking and mobility. Join us and let’s shape the future of Credit Suisse together. Application Dates: 2018 Summer Analyst Internship Program and Industrial Placements: 11th December 2017 2018 Spring Insight Program: 15th January 2018 2018 Investment Banking & Capital Markets Autumn Analyst Program: 21st January 2018


We look for a wide range of interests, backgrounds and degrees. We look for future leaders. credit-suisse.com/careers

Credit Suisse is an equal opportunity employer. Š 2017 CREDIT SUISSE GROUP AG and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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45th

Cummins are global leaders in the diesel engine, power generation, turbocharging and emissions solutions markets.

Reviewed by 48 students

With manufacturing plants in 14 countries, 55,000 employees, turnover of $18 billion in 2016, you would be joining an organisation that offers flexible career paths and opportunities on a global basis.

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

120

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, Systems, Quality, Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, IT, Finance, HR and Marketing. Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £18,500, 4% Bonus, Healthcare, 25 Days Holiday & Cummins Rewards

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 preferred in a relevant degree Application Process: Online application instagr.am/cummins_eur_careers fb.me/cummins.eur.careers/ @Cumminsjobs www.rmp.gd/cummins

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Cummins is the only team of dependable, innovative individuals that work in a diverse, inclusive, ethics-based environment who create and deliver the world’s leading engine technology while developing careers doing impactful, collaborative work, empowering them to make a positive contribution to a global population in need of clean power solutions. Today, innovation is just as critical to our success as it was in the early days of our Company. With our mature market emissions near zero, our focus now is on improving product efficiency and understanding our customers’ needs better than anyone else through the development of strong partnerships.


What Rebeca thinks...

Rebeca De Lima From Durham University Studying BA Business and Management Position Project Management Placement Student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/CUMMINS How much responsibility do you have? I have quite a lot of responsibility, carrying out key projects for the business. I feel as though it depends on your personal capability and desire to achieve. If you do well and you want more responsibility you can look for opportunities to get more. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Doing your research is important, the Quality team is heavily involved with 6Sigma, customer support improvement and Project Management. However make sure you show you can work and communicate well in a team.

“Being in the Quality team, I am exposed to a variety of work from different functions. This makes every single day completely different and enjoyable.” What do you most enjoy about your role? Being in the Quality team, I am exposed to a variety of work from different functions. This makes every single day completely different and enjoyable. I also like the variety of opportunities I get to be part of projects and facilitate meetings.

What has been your biggest challenge? Dealing with managers and leaders who are in charge of Europe, Middle East and Africa, is an amazing opportunity, but managing time to get many of them available is a challenge. However, it has been overcome because they communicate well. Describe your biggest achievement. I have planned and organised an event in our customer site which is to be replicated across the UK. Much preparation has gone into this, I was faced with many challenges, but my team helped me overcome them and I learned a lot throughout the experience. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I did not expect to work on projects that have a significant impact on the company, but I have done work which will impact and improve our service to our customers in the UK and will hopefully be rolled out to Europe in the coming years. @RateMyPlacement My year with

@CumminsJobs has been amazing! Challenging but rewarding, allowing

me to become a much better person!

I’ll definitely apply for a #GradScheme #lovedmyplacement

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 103


38th Reviewed by 28 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Real Estate

Number of Vacancies:

45

Roles Recruiting Into: Commercial Surveying, Building Surveying, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Interior Design, Building Engineering, Residential, Planning Locations: UK wide Salary & Benefits: Competitive, 25 days holiday, pension, private medical insurance, travel loan

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 in any degree Application Process: Online application, psychometric tests, interview, assessment centre fb.me @CushWakeGrads www.rmp.gd/cushmanandwakefield

104 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

We are a global leader in commercial real estate services, helping clients transform the way people work, shop and live. With 45,000 employees in over 70 countries we provide deep local and global insights to create significant value for occupiers and investors everywhere. Across the network we’re delivering cutting­edge multimillion pound deals in sectors ranging from retail to industrial and many more. This is exactly the work we’ll expose you to on our four-week internship. You’ll join one department and have hands-on involvement and get plenty of responsibility early on. There’ll be learning and development opportunities and social events too, so you’ll be busy from your first day to your last. Our ambitious growth strategy means there will always be high profile work on offer. You’ll gain experience across different service lines, work with people around our global network, and we’ll support you to get the most out of it. In other words, your future will be a big deal to us. Passionate about property? Ambitious? Begin that future now.


What Vicky thinks...

Vicky Jones From University College London (UCL) Studying BSc Project Management for Construction Position Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/CUSHMANANDWAKEFIELD

How much responsibility do you have? I was given a lot of responsibility from my first day, being given client contact in meetings, taking minutes and preparing drawings and project timescales from the first week. Being this hands on greatly aided my learning experience throughout the internship.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? The experience exceeded my expectations in every way. I was instantly shown that what you learn in a classroom is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the real world and how processes work in action.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Ensure you have a strong background knowledge of the profession and the company - this will give you a better understanding of the business and show you have done your research. Also make sure you show a genuine interest and passion for the field.

What activities are there outside of work? There were weekly netball matches against other property firms, inter-firm baseball games, as well as networking and drinks events. These helped to provide me with a well-rounded experience where I got to know my peers on a personal level.

“There was never a mundane moment as I was out of the office at least 3 times a week, adding a great deal of interest and variety to my experience.�

How promising are the graduate prospects? Very promising - there is the potential to be offered a graduate role following the internship if you have worked hard, shown a genuine passion for your field and left a lasting good impression on your directors and the graduate recruiters.

What do you most enjoy about your role? The aspect I most enjoyed about the role was the diversity - I was doing something different every day. There was never a mundane moment as I was out of the office at least 3 times a week, adding a great deal of interest and variety to my experience.

@RateMyPlacement Loved my

placement at @CushWakeUK! It was a

great taste of the industry and showed me

that a career in Real Estate is both exciting and challenging! #CushWakeGrads

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 105


34th Reviewed by 62 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus:

Consulting, Finance, Technology

Number of Vacancies:

550

Roles Recruiting Into: Audit & Assurance, Risk Advisory, Tax Consulting, Financial Advisory, Consulting Locations: UK Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive, 25 days holiday, free mobile phone, Bikes4Work Scheme, travel insurance, corporate discounts

How to apply Entry Requirements: Our entry requirements vary by service line Application Process: Online application, Online test, Video assessment, Final round interview fb.me/DeloitteCareersUK @DeloitteCareers www.rmp.gd/deloitte

106 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Discover challenges, learning, qualifications, progression and more. In this ever more complex world, the smartest and most caring people make the difference. Those driven by imagination and the desire to add value are reshaping the business and technology landscape. At Deloitte, everyone is empowered to share ideas and make things happen. Because that’s what they do. They uphold the integrity of organisations, deliver end-to-end improvements, and turn disruption into opportunity. Collaborating with Apple, they help enterprises change how they work. With McLaren Applied Technologies, they’re building data­ driven business products with artificial intelligence, among others. They’re redesigning Audit and Tax by forecasting the future, automating tasks, and dedicating people to problem solving. Imagine building a professional career in a place where everyone connects, has a voice, and is encouraged to challenge; where respect is the mindset, agile working the norm. Deloitte’s success is all due to its people: people like you. Making an impact together.


For the curious. We believe there is only one way to reinvent the way we work: turn our imagination into action, challenge the old and influence the new. Here’s to us, to the curious, the open minded, the doers. Those who can inspire leaders and pioneer new solutions. Those who are not afraid to stand out and make unexpected things happen. Together.

What impact will you make? deloitte.co.uk/graduates


98th Reviewed by 18 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Energy

Number of Vacancies:

35

Roles Recruiting Into: Commercial and Engineering schemes Locations: UK (mainly Nottingham & Coventry) Salary & Benefits: ÂŁ17,500 pro rata + Graduate Fast Track opportunities

How to apply Entry Requirements: On track for a minimum 2:1 degree Application Process: Online application and questionnaire, online gamification, video interview and assessment centre fb.me/eoncareers.uk @ www.rmp.gd/eon

108 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

E.ON is an exciting, inclusive business at the forefront of energy innovation. Our sector is always evolving and that means this place is always moving forward. Come here and you can expect to be constantly developing your skills to stay ahead of the energy revolution. From creating breakthrough technologies in marine energy to providing millions of customers with energy-saving advice, we can offer you a constant stream of worthwhile work. And you can expect plenty of freedom, ownership and responsibility for how you go about taking on those challenges – together with the chance to learn by working alongside a host of intelligent mentors and colleagues. For Commercial and Science & Engineering, our summer placements are 10 weeks long, whilst our year placements last 48 weeks. Both give you an insight into our fast-moving sector and the chance to push yourself, your ideas and your limits. Each is a fantastic opportunity to meet motivated people, make superb contacts, find out about the possible careers open to you and potentially be fast-tracked onto one of our graduate schemes.


Steering the future of energy moves me on Want to improve lives, transform society and shape your own future? Our undergraduate programmes give you the power to do just that. Packed with live work and real-world projects, they offer huge scope to develop your commercial or engineering capabilities. You’ll have your very own mentor. A supportive network of fellow undergraduates. And because the programmes are flexible, we can tailor them to ensure you get the most from your experience. Do well and you could even be fast-tracked onto one of our graduate programmes. The future of intelligent energy is here. So come with us and enjoy the feeling of moving forward.

eon-uk-careers.com/graduates


91st Reviewed by 18 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Manufacturing Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

35

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, Operations, Quality Engineering, Product Management, Supply Chain, Finance, HR & Marketing Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, 25 days holiday, plus many more

How to apply Entry Requirements: On track for a 2:1 undergraduate degree or higher Application Process: Online Application, Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre fb.me/eatoncorporation @ETN_EMEA www.rmp.gd/eaton

110 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

*At Eaton, we value new ideas and create an environment that fosters learning and teaching, allowing you to reach your full potential. We believe that power is a fundamental part of just about everything people do. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping our customers find new ways to manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. To improve people’s lives, the communities where we live and work, and the planet our future generations depend upon. Because this is what really matters. And we’re here to make sure it works. Making that work means providing you with the right learning and development opportunities that are key to your success on the programme, and critical to reaching your full potential in the longer term. Joining our established internship programme means you will participate in real projects that have a measurable impact on our businesses, adding real value.


What Anastasia thinks...

Anastasia Richardson From Cardiff University Studying BEng Mechanical Engineering Position Software Engineer TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/EATON What was the interview process like? Challenging. A lot of aspects such as teamwork, presentation, problem solving and leadership were tested. It was important to find the right balance to show yourself in the best light. It was a great experience for any future interviews.

What do you most enjoy about your role? I love working with different departments. You get to know the business better and that really helps to improve the quality of your work. The fact that Eaton gives you a lot of responsibilities is very rewarding, as you really see the value you add.

How much responsibility do you have? I am involved in major testing and creation of test procedures for software and hardware, but I also spend time speaking to our customers, external developers and sales teams. It’s very rewarding to be involved in so many aspects of the business.

What has been your biggest challenge? I came with minimal knowledge of programming languages, so it was a great challenge to learn it quickly and apply this to tasks I was doing. However, it was also a great experience as I had to push myself really hard and learn something completely new.

“The fact that Eaton gives you a lot of responsibilities is very rewarding, as you really see the value you add.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Make sure you take all of the opportunities to get a diverse experience. Being a Software Engineer doesn’t mean you have to be stuck coding you can easily get involved in project management, mechanical and hardware tasks that are really interesting!

Describe your biggest achievement. I managed to create and implement very rigorous testing procedures for a number of major projects that impacted our customers. Before the implementation, there was very little testing of products completed so this was a massive achievement for me! @RateMyPlacement Thanks for an

amazing year, Eaton! Incredibly supportive colleagues, responsibilities that made me grow as an engineer and as a person.

Was great to see the value I added to the business. #AlreadyMissingEaton

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 111


81st Reviewed by 22 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Utilities, Science and Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

60

Roles Recruiting Into: Science, Engineering, Supply Chain (Business), Digital, Research & Development Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £16,500 salary, generous holiday allowance, product and service discounts

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted or achieved 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree Application Process: Online Application, Online Testing, Telephone and Face-to-Face Interviews fb.me/EDFEnergyCareers @edfecareers www.rmp.gd/edfenergy

112 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

We’re EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We intend to play a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK and secure a bright future for the business and its employees. We want you to be a part of our new generation of talent. You may want to learn what it takes to build and operate nuclear power stations or explore the commercial side of managing a business as vast and fast-moving as ours. Our paid 12-month Industrial Placements will equip you with practical work experience relevant to your degree and professional skills that will set you up for your career after university. Whatever your interests now, whatever your plans for the future, prepare to discover a huge amount about our business, the wider energy sector and yourself.


What Alefiyah thinks...

Alefiyah Jafferji From UCL (University College London) Studying Chemical Process Engineering Position Industrial Placement in the Engineering Department at Torness Power Station

What was the interview process like? The application process involved an online application, online testing, a telephone interview and a short assessment centre which included an hour long competency-based interview. The process was straight-forward and as expected. How much responsibility do you have? On-site, I’ve been given a lot of scope to develop my work and to plan my time. My ideas have always been welcomed around the table and often, the more initiative you apply and the ownership you take, the more you’re able to accomplish.

“As an Industrial Placement, you have less responsibility and therefore a lot more freedom to dip your toes into the countless number of things going on across site.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Prepare, prepare and prepare! It’s possible to find out about and to prepare for all parts of the application process. Learn about the basics of thermal electricity generation and about the wider energy sector. Talk to as many people as you can.

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WWW.RMP.GD/EDFENERGY What do you most enjoy about your role? Variety and freedom. As an Industrial Placement, you have less responsibility and therefore a lot more freedom to dip your toes into the countless number of things going on across site. The people on site are always happy to help and answer questions. What is the office atmosphere like? I work in an open plan office, facing rolling hills and the sea. Everyone is extremely approachable and it’s a highly collaborative environment. If I’ve been working at my desk for too long, I can jump into my boiler suit and take a walk around the plant! How promising are the graduate prospects? If you do well on your placement, you could move on to the company’s Graduate Scheme (which is the path I’ve taken!), or you could even directly apply for jobs within the company. EDF Energy is a large company and the prospects are extremely promising! @RateMyPlacement I loved my

placement at EDF Energy. I learnt so much

about how electricity is generated and about the processes used in large companies. #electricityrules #keepingthelightson

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 113


40th Reviewed by 110 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Number of Industry Focus: Retail, Management Vacancies:

200

Roles Recruiting Into: Management Training Internship Programme Locations: Over 450 locations throughout UK and Ireland Salary & Benefits: Competitive, various

How to apply Entry Requirements: All degree disciplines Application Process: Please apply online instagr.am/enterpriserentacar_careers fb.me/EnterpriseRentACarJobsEurope @ERAC_Jobs www.rmp.gd/erac

114 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Add an annual turnover of $20.9 billion to a rental and leasing fleet of over 1.9 million vehicles spread across 9,600 locations worldwide and you get Enterprise Rent-A-Car – a business that’s grown into the largest car rental company in the world. We owe our success to everyone from our senior managers to management trainees. Together they make Enterprise the workplace it is and are the main reason this year we won the Best Intern award at the NUE awards for the second year running. As a paid intern with Enterprise RentA-Car, you’ll learn what it takes to run a successful business while acquiring valuable skills and experience covering everything from customer service, sales and marketing to finance. From a few weeks over the summer to a year-long placement, we offer students flexibility with regards to how long an internship can last. There’s plenty of scope for promotion, including the chance to work your way up from an intern into a professional role when you graduate. It’s no exaggeration to say that an internship with Enterprise could take you anywhere.


What Kuljeet thinks...

Kuljeet Singh From Glasgow Caledonian University Studying International Business and Finance Position Management Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/ERAC What was the interview process like? The process was quick and easy to follow. My favourite part was the assessment centre as it included many fun and practical challenges, testing key skills required for the role. The recruiters were friendly and took the time to explain Enterprise’s workplace culture.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? I would tell them to dive in and take the opportunity. I can’t express enough just how much I have grown professionally since doing this internship. If you are driven, enthusiastic and strive to be the best then this role is perfect.

How much responsibility do you have? At Enterprise, you go at your own speed. Because I did so well in my internship I was given a lead sales role in my branch, which involves training staff. Enterprise promotes leadership and encourages you to take charge.

Describe your biggest achievement. My biggest achievement was winning the NUE UK Intern of the Year 2017 award, which also led to many successes within my job. I couldn’t have done it without the development and support provided to me by Enterprise.

“I can’t express enough just how much I have grown professionally since doing this internship. If you are driven, enthusiastic and strive to be the best then this role is perfect.” What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoy the race to finish the month as the top performer in my branch. I like the recognition that comes with it and appreciate how managers motivate you to keep up the hard work. It feels good to make such an impact as a new staff member.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I didn’t expect much from renting cars, but now I love it. Enterprise has taught me that it’s not about the product, it’s about how you can be entrepreneurial and run a successful business to maximise profits. In my internship I’ve learned more than I ever imagined. @RateMyPlacement I have come

so far due to my internship at Enterprise. The opportunities I was given and the

thrill of overcoming new challenges have

allowed my personal development to soar. #developed #interntomanager

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 115


28th Reviewed by 101 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Professional Services

Number of Vacancies:

500

Roles Recruiting Into: Assurance, Consulting, Tax, Technology, Transactions Locations: UK Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: You should be studying for an honours degree Application Process: Online Application Form, Online Strengths Assessment, Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre and Final Partner Interview fb.me/EYCareersUK @EY_StudentsUK www.rmp.gd/ey

116 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

EY is a leading professional services firm helping clients across the world to navigate complex change. We’re a community of more than 230,000 people in over 150 countries providing forward thinking advice to help our clients make better decisions. What motivates us is building a better working world – for our people, our clients and our communities. Almost everything is being reimagined technology, innovation and disruption is the norm. Amidst this change, EY is driving innovation, advising our clients on how to change, grow and succeed. EY combines two essential sets of expertise. The broad, deep business and sector knowledge we’re renowned for – assurance, consulting, tax and transactions. This is combined with extensive technology know­how that we’ve built up rapidly, including investing heavily in world­class technology ecosystems. We believe the key is finding a career path that plays to your natural strengths. Identifying these strengths and where they fit in our business world is at the heart of how we recruit and develop people like you.


As a start-up where do you want to end up? Build the career you want at EY and change business for the better.

Š 2016 Ernst & Young LLP. All Rights Reserved. ED0917

Start today. Change tomorrow. ukcareers.ey.com/graduates


26th Reviewed by 25 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Investment Management

Number of Vacancies:

40

Roles Recruiting Into: Equity Research, MultiAsset Solutions, Fixed Income, Commercial, Technology, Operational Management Locations: UK, Europe, Asia Pacific Salary & Benefits: Highly competitive, Life assurance, Pension

How to apply Entry Requirements: All degree disciplines, On course for 2:1, 320 UCAS points Application Process: Apply online fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/fidelity

118 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

We offer world class investment solutions to clients that range from individuals and financial advisers to large institutions, governments and insurance companies. We help people provide for their future, through investment products, services and information they need to make the right decisions. Our commitment to excellence and innovation means we’re investing in new technology like never before. With custom platforms to give our investment professionals access to each other’s insights, bespoke global forecasting tools, or tailored apps for our clients, we’re revolutionising the way investing is done. Our approach to learning and development will give you the confidence to make a difference. For an ambitious intern it’s the chance to experience the kind of training and intellectual challenges you won’t find anywhere else. We look for passionate, engaged, smart, curious people who stand out from the crowd, not just finance or economics students. To find out more about where your degree could take you at Fidelity, visit fidelityrecruitment.com


What Zach thinks...

Zach Kirlew From Queen Mary University of London Studying Computer Science and Multimedia with Industrial Experience Position Technology Analyst Placement Year

What was the interview process like? After filling in the application form I took a numerical reasoning test, followed by a telephone interview and then assessment centre. The assessment centre consisted of a group exercise, two interviews and a presentation about disruptive technology. What did you enjoy most about the role? I found the continual progression of my programming skills through my work most enjoyable. You are always learning and applying new things which I find super rewarding.

“The opportunities I received as an intern really impressed me. A few weeks ago I took part in a four day Hackathon at the Microsoft HQ developing bot applications for instance.” What has been your biggest challenge? I was expected to pick up new programming languages to be used in my day-to-day work. This was pretty challenging at the start but I always felt like my team members offered me support whenever I felt I needed it.

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WWW.RMP.GD/FIDELITY Describe your biggest achievement: I have developed 10 Android applications over my time at Fidelity which are available to 7,000 employees worldwide. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? The opportunities I received as an intern really impressed me. A few weeks ago I took part in a four day Hackathon at the Microsoft HQ developing bot applications for instance. What was the office atmosphere like? The office atmosphere is incredibly friendly and everyone seems willing to give you a hand. More importantly everyone brings in treats for their birthdays and other occasions so there’s always a healthy supply of donuts and cakes. How promising are the graduate prospects? Every intern is considered for a role on the graduate scheme dependent on your performance through the internship. @RateMyPlacement interning at

Fidelity was an amazing experience. Met some great people and worked on some really interesting projects #earlycareersatfidelity

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 119


76th Reviewed by 59 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Engineering & Digital

Number of Vacancies:

300

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, Software, Science, IT, Manufacturing, Business, HR, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive with benefits package

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 or above Application Process: Online Application & Assessment, Video Interview, Final Site Interview fb.me/gecareers @ge_uk www.rmp.gd/ge

120 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry. GE has a strong presence in the UK across locations nationwide. Today our 18000+ employees serve the Energy, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Aviation, Transportation, Digital and Financial Services businesses within GE. GE interns work together to solve realworld challenges, sometimes spurring innovations that change the way we do business. An internship at GE is an opportunity to learn while doing. Find your fit and explore your future, while doing work that makes an immediate impact. GE is hiring pioneers, problem solvers, dreamers & leaders across the globe. Read about our vacancies and apply now.


What Emily thinks...

Emily Ann Musk From University of Lincoln Studying BSc Computer Information Systems Position IT Intern – Digitization TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/GE What was the interview process like? The interview process was efficient and interactive. The video interview allowed me to be prepared for the final face-toface interview. I also had my interview with an executive in the US which was even more amazing! How much responsibility do you have? I work in a global team at GE so everything I do, affects everyone. Having more responsibility allowed me to be more organised and network with people across the globe. It has been eye opening! What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoyed that my role wasn’t restricted, if there was something I wanted to do and get involved with I was allowed. Whether it be personal development or take part in one of the initiatives at GE.

“Having more responsibility allowed me to be more organised and network with people across the globe.” What is the office atmosphere like? Everyone in the office is so friendly and kind. At the start of my internship, I met up with several people just to find out what their job role was and everyone’s door was open.

What activities are there outside of work? GE have several initiatives – Women’s Network, STEM, Volunteers & HealthAhead and support interns. I am part of the Women’s Network and have organised over 10 events across the year. How promising are the graduate prospects? As an intern, you have the amazing opportunity to apply for a leadership graduate programme. I have already applied for the Digital Leadership Programme and can’t wait for what awaits me! What advice would you give to students applying for your role? GE cares about who you are as a person, so just be yourself! Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. Be confident, smile and enjoy the interview!

@RateMyPlacement Thank you

General Electric for giving me the ability

to not only advance my technical skills but also develop as a person. I am leaving a

more confident and work-ready individual. #geisawesome #balancetheequation

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 121


9th Reviewed by 95 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Investment Banking

Number of Vacancies: 500+

Roles Recruiting Into: Opportunities across all of our 17 divisions Locations: London and Europe Salary & Benefits: - Competitive salary, Attractive benefits package

How to apply Entry Requirements: All qualifications considered Application Process: Online application via goldmansachs.com/careers; followed by interviews fb.me/ @GSCareers www.rmp.gd/goldmansachs

122 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centres around the world. At Goldman Sachs, you will have many opportunities to make an impact. The unique perspectives that our people bring to the firm and their shared passion for working on projects of great global, economic and social significance, help drive progress and create results. Goldman Sachs is structured in a series of divisions: Consumer and Commercial Banking, Executive Office, Finance, Global Compliance, Global Investment Research, Human Capital Management, Internal Audit, Investment Banking, Investment Management, Legal, Merchant Banking, Operations, Realty Management, Risk, Securities, Services and Technology.


WL2223

HOW WILL YOU

MAKE AN IMPACT

CONTRIBUTE, COLLABORATE AND SUCCEED WITH A CAREER AT GOLDMAN SACHS If you’re the kind of person who can’t wait to make a difference, consider a career at Goldman Sachs. We believe that good ideas and innovations can come from anyone, at any level. We offer meaningful opportunities, best-in-class training and a wide variety of career paths for talented people from all academic backgrounds. Plus, with access to important clients and projects, you’ll have the chance to make an impact with global significance.

APPLICATION DEADLINES NEW ANALYST: Sunday 29 October 2017

SUMMER ANALYST: Sunday 3 December 2017 SPRING PROGRAMME: Wednesday 3 January 2018 WORK PLACEMENT PROGRAMME: Wednesday 3 January 2018

For Warsaw-specific deadlines please visit the website

Submit your application at goldmansachs.com/careers

goldmansachs.com/careers @GSCareers © 2017 The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Goldman Sachs is an equal employment/affirmative action employer Female/Minority/Disability/Vet.


32nd Reviewed by 48 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Accountancy, Business, Finance

Number of Vacancies:

100

Roles Recruiting Into: Audit, Tax, Advisory Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, intern and placement-specific development programme, real client work, fast-track to graduate programme

How to apply Entry Requirements: No minimum entry requirements Application Process: Short online application, strengths assessment, video interview and assessment centre fb.me/GrantThorntonRecruitmentUK @GT_STB www.rmp.gd/grantthornton

124 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

What if there was a new way of doing business? Where profit and purpose combine to drive sustainable growth for businesses and wider society. We are an organisation thinking differently about everything we do. Join us and you’ll get to do the same. There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of a firm that are passionate about their purpose – shaping a vibrant economy in the UK and beyond. We have a unique culture built around a shared enterprise model. Our people are empowered to share ideas, share responsibility and share in the subsequent rewards. We’re a global organisation offering business and financial advice to dynamic organisations in countries all over the world. Working with organisations of all sizes, building trust and integrity in markets, unlocking sustainable growth and creating environments where businesses and people thrive. Our interns and placements enjoy varied, on the ground experience from the outset gaining an in-depth insight into business and working with our clients to drive growth.


SHAPE

MORE THAN JUST YOUR

CAREER

At Grant Thornton, we think differently about everything we do. Join us and do the same. Your ideas will be implemented. Your opinions heard. Your contributions valued. Not just by your colleagues, but by coveted clients. Come and share in our bold and ambitious vision of shaping a vibrant economy for the UK and beyond. We’re looking for independent thinkers and future business advisers to inspire changes that can be felt far wider than our business. So bring your passion, ambitions and inspiration, and together let’s make it happen. trainees.grant-thornton.co.uk

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74th Reviewed by 55 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

Number of Vacancies:

400

Roles Recruiting Into: Multiple areas of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science as well as IT, HR, Sales, Marketing, Communications, Finance and Procurement Locations: UK wide Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, regular bonuses, 28 days holiday and much more!

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 Application Process: Eligibility form, online test, long answer questions, video interview (programme dependent) and assessment day fb.me/gskstudentsandgraduates @GSK www.rmp.gd/gsk

126 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

GSK are proud to be a leading scienceled global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products across Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare including products such as Panadol, Sensodyne and Beechams. These help millions of people around the world do more, feel better and live longer. GSK is a truly global company operating in over 115 countries, with all our employees sharing a real sense of purpose as they contribute to answering some of the biggest healthcare challenges. This means whilst on placement you will join a diverse, passionate workforce dedicated to making a difference to patients’ lives. We offer 1 year industrial placements as well as summer placements that typically last 10-12 weeks. You can join us in almost all areas within Engineering, Science or Business. Visit our website to find out more! Our placements offer you a chance to have real responsibility so you can make an impact, as well as dedicated support and development opportunities to help you get the most from your year.


What Jess thinks...

Jess Burns From Liverpool John Moores University Studying Mechanical Engineering Position Equipment Engineer TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/GSK What advice would you give to students applying for your role? The best advice I could give to aspiring placement students is to be enthusiastic about the work you are involved in, never stop creating opportunities for yourself and always be confident in your own ability to achieve. How much responsibility do you have? I have had opportunities to be involved in some high priority site projects with key milestones for the company such as the launch of a new product. I have had a real insight into industry and progressed my employability skills to a much higher level.

“It has exceeded expectations as I am now a lot more focused on having a successful career in the healthcare industry.” What do you most enjoy about your role? This year I have enjoyed working and building relationships with interesting people from many departments on site. I feel the best way to learn is through your own experience, but also learning from the experience of others.

What has been your biggest challenge? I initially struggled with having the confidence to project manage more experienced members of staff. It is important to find a good balance between listening to others’ advice and experiences, and being confident in your own decisions. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? This year has given me the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge I have learnt at university into practical applications. It has exceeded expectations as I am now a lot more focused on having a successful career in the healthcare industry. How promising are the graduate prospects? There are many graduate prospects within GSK. They employ graduates through direct entry and also through the future leaders programme, their graduate scheme. Being a placement student gives you an advantage when applying for graduate positions. @RateMyPlacement Doing a

placement year with GSK was the best decision I’ve made to kick start my

professional career. I’m excited to see

what the future holds. #watchthisspace #ontobiggerandbetter

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 127


41st Reviewed by 16 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Law

Number of Vacancies:

65

Roles Recruiting Into: Spring, Summer and Winter vacation schemes Locations: London Salary & Benefits: £400 p/week, 25 days holiday, free in-house gym, staff restaurant, on-site therapy services, locally negotiated discounts

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 (or equivalent) in any degree discipline Application Process: Online application form, critical thinking test, telephone interview, assessment day fb.me/HoganLovellsGradsUk @HLGraduatesUK www.rmp.gd/hoganlovells

128 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. All of this gives Hogan Lovells a different dynamic to other global law firms. It’s why many prestigious, forwardthinking clients choose to work with us. The firm has a reputation not just for the consistently high quality of its 2,500 lawyers, but also for its sense of community. The network of over 45 global offices collaborates closely and constructively. Together, our teams of corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property lawyers tackle some of the most intricate legal and commercial issues that businesses face. Here, trainee solicitors don’t just master law. They develop industry expertise and explore the principles of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise.


Undergraduate and graduate careers in law

Global game-changers

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The world is changing. So is business. Every day there are new technologies, new medicines, new routes to cleaner power. Our global team of lawyers works across practice areas to help clients to think ahead and shape the future. Find out how you could make innovation possible with a career in law at

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68th Reviewed by 31 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Banking

Number of Vacancies: >150

Roles Recruiting Into: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, Global Private Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Minimum 2:1 in relevant degree Application Process: Online Application fb.me/hsbccareers @HSBC_UK_Careers www.rmp.gd/hsbc

130 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

HSBC aims to be the world’s leading international bank. With around 4,000 offices in 70 countries and territories, serving more than 37 million customers, their ambition is to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities and enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper. HSBC recognises that the talent and diversity of its people are the foundation of its success. It hires, develops and promotes employees based on merit and provides an open, supportive and inclusive working environment. HSBC have paid summer internship programmes in; Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, Global Private Banking or Retail Banking and Wealth Management, including Global Asset Management. HSBC also offer a Spring Week within Global Banking & Markets.


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29th Reviewed by 277 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: IT & Tech

Number of Vacancies:

300

Roles Recruiting Into: Business, Finance, HR, Marketing, Software Development & Technology Locations: UK Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £15,000 (pro rata), £1,000 sign on bonus and 25 days holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 or above in any degree Application Process: Online Application, Psychometric Tests, Assessment Centre & Interview fb.me/IBMCareersUKI @IBMCareersUKI www.rmp.gd/ibm

132 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Are you passionate about developing your skills and building your career with a global leader? From the first day you join us, you can look forward to the support you need to make a real impact. This is your opportunity to join a company where you can do work that matters - we are IBMers, and that’s what we do. Worldclass learning opportunities, mentoring and a flexible work environment -- you will find a wealth of opportunities within IBM to create the career you’ve always imagined. First and foremost, it gets you a global leader’s name on your CV. It’s also a year filled with challenges that will stretch your capabilities, give you exposure that will kick start your professional career and along the way you’ll meet truly inspirational people. It’s certainly not easy; we’re successful because we push ourselves hard. But, if you’re insatiably curious, passionate about innovation and eager to get into the world of big business, there’s nothing like it.


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60th Reviewed by 26 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Engineering, IT & Business

Number of Vacancies:

50

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, IT, HR, Marketing, Supply, Software Application, Finance, Business Operations and Sales Locations: Swindon, London & High Wycombe Salary & Benefits: £15,000 + £1,000 starting + £1,000 completion + Annual/Quarter bonuses

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2nd Year Undergraduates Application Process: Online Tests (only for some departments), Telephone Interview & Assessment Centre fb.me/jobsatintel @JobsatIntel www.rmp.gd/intel

134 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

For over 40 years Intel has been leading and bringing new technology to the marketplace. Now we are building on our historical strength in silicon, innovation and global manufacturing capacity to create new products and technologies including Virtual Reality, Autonomous driving and 5G data. Intel in the UK offers undergraduates a chance for growth and learning. We offer 13-month internships in a range of disciplines including Engineering, IT, Operations, Marketing, HR, Finance, Logistics & Sales at our Swindon, London and High Wycombe sites. Interns are an integral part of the Intel family and are integrated into a number of different departments. Intel lets you play a role in developing and supporting industry-leading innovations while working with diverse people, from a variety of regions around the world. Come and join us and you will have the chance to be involved in many opportunities, ranging from work related events, major projects, volunteering, charity work, intern social life and sporting events.


What Rebecca thinks...

Rebecca Dunn From University of the West of England Studying BA (hons) Marketing Position Business Marketing Specialist TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/INTEL What was the interview process like? The interview process was much nicer than others I had to do. It consisted of an online application, 30 minute telephone interview and an assessment day. The assessment day itself was quite relaxed, which put a lot of us at ease and settled any nerves. How much responsibility do you have? More than I anticipated I would get as a student but it really is what you make of it. Once I got settled, I sought out more responsibility in new projects and my team reassured me that if it ever got too much, I could reach out for assistance.

“They’re willing to invest time in you and really take your interests into consideration. A lot of the members of staff were previous interns so they want to make your experience memorable.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? It’s so important to let your personality shine through as that’s something Intel really take into consideration. You’ll find that a lot of the people here are genuinely lovely and that’s definitely down to Intel hiring smart but great people.

What do you most enjoy about your role? Being part of a global team - I work closely with the US and have developed strong relationships. The flexibility to explore other areas that interest me has been great – for example I got to work with the production team at events which was so much fun! Describe your biggest achievement. Project managing a key part of Intel’s ‘Thought Leadership’ and communications that gets taken to the CSuite of some of the Top Fortune 500 companies. To know that something I’ve helped drive is getting that level of exposure is pretty insane! How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I didn’t expect a huge company to value their students so much. They’re willing to invest time in you and really take your interests into consideration. A lot of the members of staff were previous interns so they want to make your experience memorable. @RateMyPlacement My internship at

Intel has been incredible! To be part of a

company that shapes the future & partners with so many Top Fortune 500 companies

has given me tonnes of exposure & insight. #jobsatintel #greatplacetowork

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 135


1st

Top In Industry Reviewed by 251 students

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What you need to know Number of Industry Focus: Investment Banking Vacancies: 400+ Roles Recruiting Into: Wide range of opportunities across the Corporate & Investment Bank, Asset & Wealth Management and Corporate functions Locations: Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and continental Europe Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 Application Process: Varies per programme but all start with an online application fb.me/jpmorganchase @jpmorgan www.rmp.gd/jpmorgan

136 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Banking is a vital part of the world’s economy and everyday life. Over the last 200 years, J.P. Morgan has evolved as a business to meet the everchanging needs of some of the world’s largest companies as well as many of the smaller businesses that are a cornerstone of local communities. J.P. Morgan’s strength lies not only in the quality of its products, but also within the invaluable power of its employees. Harnessing the diversity of its people, J.P. Morgan values people with different talents, ranging from Investment Banking to Technology, Operations and Human Resources. Career opportunities are available across the firm, so it pays to learn as much as possible about the industry, business areas and the roles available. Be sure to take advantage of pre-internship programmes - many interns are hired directly from our Spring Week programmes. J.P. Morgan is looking for collaborative future leaders who have passion, creativity and exceptional interpersonal skills. Impeccable academic credentials are important, but so are achievements outside the classroom.


Your career. Your way.

Draw on all of your experiences and bring the whole you to J.P. Morgan. We’ll make sure you have the training and opportunities to turn your talent into an exciting career. Wherever you want to go, and whatever you want to achieve, we’ll help you get there. If you’re talented and driven to succeed, start your journey with us.

Start your journey. jpmorgan.com/careers J.P. Morgan is a marketing name for JPMorgan Chase & Co., and its subsidiaries worldwide. ©2017 JPMorgan Chase & Co. All rights reserved. J.P. Morgan is an equal opportunities employer.

We’ll be hosting a range of exciting events and programs around the globe throughout the year. We encourage you to look for communications about our upcoming events and programs and to check our careers website regularly for dates and deadlines.


61st Reviewed by 50 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Technology, Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

200

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, Finance, HR, Marketing, Purchasing, Property, IT, Quality, Design, Research & Development Locations: West Midlands, Warwickshire, Liverpool Salary & Benefits: £15,600

How to apply Entry Requirements: Penultimate year students Application Process: Online application, situational judgement test, psychometric tests and assessment centre fb.me/ @JLRCareers www.rmp.gd/jlr

138 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Home to some of the most iconic nameplates ever to take to the road, Jaguar Land Rover has a proud and enviable heritage. But it’s our future that excites us most. With strong investment in the development of new technologies, products, processes, facilities and expansion into new markets gaining momentum, we need to find the next generation of innovators and creatives that will ensure we continue to set the standards only others can follow. We offer 3, 6 and 12 month undergraduate placements in a wide range of Engineering, Manufacturing and Commercial Business areas throughout the organisation. Further information can be found on our website. As would be expected from two of the world’s most revered brands, a range of rewards and experience await those who have initiative, vision and drive to contribute to the organisation’s global success. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover an enviable place to start your journey.


GRE AT. GREATER. GREATEST. UNDERGRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES ENGINEERING & COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AREAS We’re on a journey. A journey to push the boundaries of what’s possible. With ambitions to set pulses racing in more countries and more markets than ever before, there’s never been a more exciting time to join it. The scale of our ambition is reflected by the ever-expanding breadth of our undergraduate placements that will see you join us for anywhere between 3 and 12 months. From our Manufacturing and Engineering disciplines to our Commercial and Business functions, this is a place where you’ll help us build on our success. Where you’ll develop specialist and commercial skills working alongside an industry-revered team. Where your achievements, and ours, will only go from strength to strength to strength.

Discover careers that move at jaguarlandrovercareers.com


73rd Reviewed by 20 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus:

Healthcare, FMCG, Pharma, Med Devices

Number of Vacancies:

65

Roles Recruiting Into: Marketing, Sales, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain, Regulatory and Medical Affairs among other scientific based placements Locations: Thames Valley, Leeds, Blackpool Salary & Benefits: Competitive basic salary with pension, healthcare, free gym access, 25 days holiday and flexible benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 achieved in first year Application Process: Online Application, Online Testing, Video Interview & Assessment Centre fb.me @JNJTA_UK www.rmp.gd/johnsonandjohnson

140 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people, touching the lives of over a billion people every day. We now have over 128,000 employees worldwide with 275 operating companies in over 60 countries. Our 3 sectors make us the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based provider of healthcare products: Consumer - FMCG healthcare products including brands such as - Johnson’s Baby, Listerine, Aveeno, Calpol & Neutrogena to name a few. Pharmaceuticals - supporting people with challenging health conditions in the areas of Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Mental Health, etc. Medical Devices - Orthopaedics, Surgical Care, Speciality Surgery, Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Vision Care. We are looking for talented, driven students ready to gain a head start to their career and take on the challenge of an industrial placement in this fast-paced environment.


What Carmel thinks...

Carmel Smith From Loughborough University Studying BSc (Hons) Management Sciences Position Marketing Placement Student Pharmaceuticals

TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/JOHNSONANDJOHNSON

How much responsibility do you have? I have a lot of responsibility in my role and am accountable for a variety of my own projects. We have weekly team meetings to feedback on how our projects are progressing however beyond that, I am accountable for ensuring my milestones are met.

Describe your biggest achievement. We created a showcase event highlighting social enterprises. The event generated company-wide recognition, and our managing director introduced the event. J&J put us forward for an external award and we were invited to an event at the House of Lords.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? I would advise applicants to do their research around the company. It really shows during the application process if you understand the company’s objectives and values and show how you embrace those yourself.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? The level of responsibility exceeded all my expectations as I led and executed on a lot of projects, including the entire 2017 advertising strategy. I also couldn’t believe how much my team valued my ideas and input into the marketing strategy.

“I also couldn’t believe how much my team valued my ideas and input into the marketing strategy.” What do you most enjoy about your role? I really enjoy the variety of projects that I have worked on. One day I can be working on a patient support programme and the next on a promotional app. The large range of projects has allowed me to collaborate with many people from a variety of functions.

What is the office atmosphere like? We are very fortunate to have a large modern office space, where you are encouraged to work wherever you feel comfortable with a Costa Coffee onsite, as well as lots of outdoor courtyard space. @RateMyPlacement My placement

opportunity opened my eyes to the broad range of work that Johnson & Johnson

do and helped to shape my future career

plans. I really hope to be back at J&J once I graduate.

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4th Reviewed by 197 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Professional Services

Number of Vacancies:

c.200

Roles Recruiting Into: Audit, Tax & Pensions, Deal Advisory, Consulting and Technology Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary plus great benefits – see careers website

How to apply Entry Requirements: On track for 2:1 degree and 300 UCAS points Application Process: Online application, situational judgement test, online tests, digital submission, Launch Pad fb.me/kpmgrecruitment @KPMGRecruitment www.rmp.gd/kpmg

142 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

KPMG is one of the UK’s largest providers of Audit, Tax and Consulting services. KPMG works with a wide range of organisations, from start-ups to major multinationals, private and public sector. And in an ever-changing and increasingly digital world applies insight and expertise to help solve its clients’ biggest issues. Part of a global network, it employs over 13,000 people across the UK. KPMG offers undergraduates the chance to gain valuable business experience working alongside some of the brightest minds in business across Audit, Tax & Pensions, Deal Advisory, Consulting and Technology – in a range of industries such as retail, banking, charities and more. Delivering innovative approaches calls for diverse perspectives, KPMG welcomes a range of personalities and encourages applications from all degree disciplines. Applicants will also get the chance to experience KPMG’s innovative, streamlined assessment process, Launch Pad. At Launch Pad, candidates can gain new skills, network with KPMG staff and if successful, secure a job offer in two working days!


It’s the right time to test the water. Work experience opportunities for undergraduates

Our undergraduate programmes are a great way to immerse yourself in our world. Depending on which area you join, you’ll gain an inside view of what life is like in Audit, Tax & Pensions, Deal Advisory, Consulting or Technology. You’ll tackle real challenges, make new contacts and gain invaluable business experience. Plus, you might even find yourself fast-tracked towards a graduate programme. Now, if that doesn’t entice you, what will? kpmgcareers.co.uk/undergraduates

Anticipate tomorrow. Deliver today.

© 2017 KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved. Printed in the United Kingdom. The KPMG name and logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of KPMG International.


84th Reviewed by 49 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: FMCG - Beauty

Number of Vacancies:

130

Roles Recruiting Into: Sales (Commercial), Marketing, Operations, Finance, Visual Merchandising, IT, Digital Marketing, HR Locations: London - Hammersmith, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff Salary & Benefits: £18,000, 25 days holiday, staff shop, training, socials

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 in any degree Application Process: Online Application (CV & Cover Letter), Online Psychometric Testing, Assessment Centre fb.me/LorealTalentUKI @lorealcareersuk www.rmp.gd/loreal

144 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

With 34 world-famous brands selling in 140 countries, it’s easy to see why L’Oréal are the world’s No.1 cosmetics group. Even our brands are household names in their own right. From Ralph Lauren to Diesel; Maybelline to Urban Decay, if there’s a name you love in cosmetics, there’s a good chance it’s ours. That’s because we have the best talent in the business, constantly working to invent and revolutionise the industry. We believe every day is a new day to explore and start new adventures, and that’s reflected in the talent we recruit for our industrial placements, summer internships and spring insights. You’ll be inventive and passionate; driven and talented. And we’ll help you do great things with that talent, challenging you to push yourself and hone your skills. Opportunities are available across our UK offices. Wherever you are and whatever you do, you’ll work on real projects for global brands, and make a palpable impact on our international success story.


What William thinks...

William King From Newcastle University Studying Business Management Position Commercial Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/LOREAL What was the application process like? The process began with sending a CV and cover letter, followed by numerical tests plus a telephone interview. The final stage was an assessment centre, which consisted of various group and individual tasks before a final interview on the day.

What is the office atmosphere like? The atmosphere is great, everyone is friendly and welcoming with a real interest in you as a person. All roles within the business work together on some level so everyone is in sync and this creates a collaborative environment.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? My advice would be to get involved with every project available, to naturally network whilst being curious as to the effect your work will have on the wider business. Most importantly don’t be afraid to ask questions and bring ideas to the table.

What activities are there outside of work? L’Oreal has internal football and volleyball teams that regularly train and compete across Europe. Aside from sport there are a huge amount of social events, both with colleagues and interns – making it easy getting to know everyone!

“The atmosphere is great, everyone is friendly and welcoming with a real interest in you as a person.” How has this experience exceeded your expectations? The level of responsibility I was given and the degree of flexibility within such a large business to make these changes. I quickly became autonomous to the extent that I was visiting customer offices and leading meetings by myself!

How promising are the graduate prospects? The graduate program (Management Trainee Scheme) at L’Oreal is one that is very highly regarded and offers you the opportunity to rotate across the different divisions in the company, gaining the skills required in all segments of the business. @RateMyPlacement

@LOrealCareersUK gave me a real

insight as to what my future career could

look like and the ever-changing eCommerce world. A very rewarding internship on both a personal and business level!

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50th Reviewed by 18 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Construction and Civil Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

65

Roles Recruiting Into: Civil, Mechanical and Structural as well as Quantity Surveyors Locations: Dartford and across the UK Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary and a range of benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 or higher Application Process: Online application, online testing, telephone interview and assessment centre instagr.am/lorearlytalent fb.me/earlytalentLOR @Laing_ORourke www.rmp.gd/laingorourke

146 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

We are Laing O’Rourke. We design, manufacture, engineer and build iconic buildings and complex infrastructure projects used by millions of people every day. We’re challenging the industry with innovative design and delivery techniques. We’re changing the way we work, using the very latest digital tools and platforms. And we’re always looking to create structures that will help build a better future for everyone. We are proud to work on some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and around the world from the Crossrail (Europe’s largest infrastructure project) to Hinkley Point C (in Somerset) and Manchester Airport. Our success depends on our engineering excellence, together with the adoption of new technologies and a sustained investment in talent, especially our early careers programmes for students. This is your opportunity to challenge thinking, change the world around us, and help create amazing buildings and infrastructure.


33rd

Top In Industry Reviewed by 17 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Retail

Number of Vacancies:

24

Roles Recruiting Into: One scheme rotating through various business departments Locations: UK nationwide Salary & Benefits: £20,500

How to apply Entry Requirements: Ideally studying business or retail management, other disciplines considered Application Process: Online Assessments, telephone Interview and group assessment centre fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/lidl

148 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

We’re Lidl, proud pioneers in the world of retail. With over 670 stores, 10 warehouses and 20,000 employees in the UK alone, we’re undoubtedly an established retailer. But it doesn’t stop there. With our recent expansion into the US and ambitious plans for UK growth, we don’t like to stand still. Continually challenging and changing the world of grocery retail as we know it, we want to make our stores, goods and shopping experience better than ever. And that’s where you come in. Our award-winning Retail Placement Programme is perfect for giving you a 360-degree view of our business operations. So you’ll get great insight into sales and logistics, as well as either supply chain, property or administration. You’ll develop fantastic knowledge of the business, developing leadership, management, decision making and communication skills, you’ll set yourself up with a brilliant future in retail. You’ll also learn more about yourself and your abilities and we’re looking for that talent and potential, that makes you stand out from everyone else. Bring your best, we’ll do the rest.


What Lucy thinks...

Lucy O’Gorman From Nottingham Trent University Studying Business Management Position Placement Student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/LIDL What advice would you give to students applying for your role? The placement programme offers the most amazing opportunities across a vast multinational organisation – but you get out what you put in, so you need to be inquisitive and keep asking questions. Make sure you network, too – it’s a rotational placement so you get to know all areas of the business and you’ll learn so much from everyone else’s experience and advice.

“It’s demanding, there are lots of challenges, but I’ve grown so much and seeing my own impact on the organisation has been extremely rewarding.” What do you most enjoy about your role? First, the rotational aspect – I really enjoyed every element and think it was very effective because it’s allowed me to make an informed decision about my future. Lots of my friends joined a programme covering just one area of a business, and now they don’t know what they want to do. Second, the level of responsibility – the first day I was training on the till, a few weeks later I was managing a store.

What is the office atmosphere like? Everyone was friendly, approachable and very passionate about what they do, and because they all understood the point of the placement programme, I was given plenty of opportunities to learn. How promising are the graduate prospects? Very! I had the opportunity to stay in contact throughout my final year through the Lidl Ambassador scheme. I was the Lead Brand Ambassador, which allowed me to continue my development. I’m actually starting the Graduate Management Development scheme in September, and I can’t wait to get stuck in! How has this experience exceeded your expectations? This was such a huge opportunity for me – at 20, I was auditing stores around the country and reporting back to head office, as well as running a store – it was a real life business experience and it was absolutely fantastic. @RateMyPlacement No two days

are the same in Lidl UK; there are always

unexpected challenges. Irrespective, I thrive off this and look forward to each day.

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42nd Reviewed by 219 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Banking & Finance

Number of Vacancies:

200

Roles Recruiting Into: Banking, Finance, Audit, Risk, Insurance, IT, HR, Business Management, Operations, Legal Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £18,000+ pro rata annual salary plus location allowance

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:2 and above Application Process: Online application process involving strengths-based testing and a video interview fb.me/discoverwhatmatters @LBGTalent www.rmp.gd/lloydsbankinggroup

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Lloyds Banking Group is a major UK financial services group that provides trusted services to over 30 million UK customers through main brands, such as Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Scottish Widows and Bank of Scotland. Our paid summer internship opportunities include everything from leading technology innovation, shaping strategy, and translating complex financial data to helping high street customers, local businesses and global business clients. Whatever your degree, experience or background, we’ll help you to embrace your passions and strengths – and to discover new ones. If you share our desire to help Britain prosper, you’ll be supported by mentors, attend workshops, get involved in volunteering and much more - to ensure that you really discover how far you can go. Whatever path you choose, you’ll find a flexible, collaborative and inclusive environment where you’ll learn as much from the experiences and perspectives of those joining alongside you, as you will from our diverse teams and people.


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Top In Industry Reviewed by 19 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Science and Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

31

Roles Recruiting Into: Chemistry, Engineering, Regulatory Compliance, IT, Procurement, Finance, Marketing and Business Support and HR Locations: Hazelwood, Derbyshire and Blackley, Manchester Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 or above in a relevant degree Application Process: Online application, telephone screen, onsite assessment centre fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/lubrizol

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Lubrizol isn’t a common household name, so it might surprise you that our products and technologies are in things you use every day – on the surfaces you touch, in the fluids in the vehicles you drive, in the shampoos you use, in medicines that you take, even in the clothes you wear! The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, combines unique chemistry expertise, formulation and applications capabilities to positively impact the lives of our customers’ end users around the globe. We have a growing student community with a range of opportunities available in Derby and Manchester. During your time with us you will be working on real life projects, supporting the business in meeting the needs of our global customers. As part of the team, you will work with some of the world’s top experts in their field and gain valuable experience. Add to that, a great social network with activities throughout the year. So join one of the world’s leading speciality chemical companies, learn with us, and gain that competitive edge to kick-start your career!


SIMRAN

WILLIAM

MATTHEW

Regulatory Compliance

Applied Sciences

Mechanical Engineering

The atmosphere at Lubrizol is extremely positive. Everyone is very friendly and treats me as another team member but they still remember that I am a student and support me by making sure that there is always someone to turn to when help or advice is required.

While I fully expected to develop my skills throughout the course of my placement, I didn’t realise to what extent! I manage my own research projects and maintain various routine tests within Applied Sciences, learning new skills every day.

My biggest achievement while working in the Mechanical Testing department has been presenting my design for a new test rig to a global team of managers in a design review, which has ultimately led to the approval of test funding.

One of my research projects involved the development of a test to detect conductive deposits. I collaborated with a range of other departments and external companies.

I’m trusted to make independent decisions on projects and regularly provide feed back to the group for reviews, which not only makes me part of the team, but also gives me responsibility to deliver on projects on a global scale.

Mine is not a typical chemistry placement role. I use my chemical knowledge to understand the regulations in place which is something I hadn’t considered before starting my placement. I feel I am learning something new every day.

It’s fun out of work too. There is no shortage of social life at Lubrizol that’s for sure. With around 30 students each year, there is always an event The Top Undergraduate Employers | 153 going on somewhere.


95th Reviewed by 17 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Retail

Number of Vacancies:

60

Roles Recruiting Into: Opportunities across a number of different business areas Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £17,500 to £19,500, 20% employee discount, competitive pension, holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: Dependent upon scheme Application Process: Online Application, Psychometric Test, Phone Interview, Face-toFace Interview, Assessment Centre, Ability Tests fb.me/ @MandSTalent www.rmp.gd/marksandspencer

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M&S always strives for perfection. This passion to improve and meticulous attention to detail has led them to create products that millions of people love. Not to mention the on and offline experiences that push the boundaries for the entire retail industry and perfect careers for the talented people who work for them. It’s truly an exciting time to be at M&S. With retail moving faster than ever before, anyone joining the company now will be building the business of the future. So, for ambitious students, who are curious to explore a world of career options, there’s no better place to learn. We offer several year-long placement programmes including Retail Management, HR, Food Product Development and Food Technology. For some business areas, this will incorporate 6 months with one of our core suppliers. We will also be offering several 8-week summer internships. What’s more, bright people who work hard go places here, and we’re only too happy to reward them for their efforts. From a 20% discount on M&S purchases to generous holidays and great offers with other organisations, we make sure Britain’s best-loved brand looks after its people.


What Isabel thinks...

Isabel Bielski From University of Birmingham Studying BSc Business Management Position BPP Commercial Manager TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/MARKSANDSPENCER What was the interview process like? It was surprisingly enjoyable. The interview day consisted of a range of activities from group to individual tasks allowing the opportunity to gain an idea of what the job entailed and test your natural abilities. If you enjoy the day, you will invariably enjoy the job and know what to expect.

“The team all wanted me to learn, to give me the best experience and chance of success possible. They also made sure that I enjoyed myself and had a fun time whilst in store.� What advice would you give to someone applying for your role? Be yourself. You might not know whether the job is for you, but if you make it through to the end, then you are likely to be a perfect fit. The assessors are in the role themselves and therefore know what is required, so it shows if you relax and act like you would if you were performing the role.

What has been your biggest challenge? Adapting from student life to the world of work. From the smallest things like getting up in the morning to how you interact with people. The majority of individuals you have to manage are older than you and gaining their respect was probably one of the hardest challenges, but most important to succeed in. What did you most enjoy about your role? The interaction with people, I had a great team and the relationships I built in store carried on even after I left. The team have so much experience, I was able to learn a lot. I also enjoyed being able to work in each area of the store, so I knew which I enjoyed most. What was the atmosphere like in your team? Supportive, and most importantly fun. The team all wanted me to learn, to give me the best experience and chance of success possible. They also made sure that I enjoyed myself and had a fun time whilst in store, which is the best way to learn without a doubt. @RateMyPlacement helped me

find my placement at M&S and go into a career I had not considered - yet loved #bestyearofuni #securedmyjob

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65th Reviewed by 22 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus:

Telecoms & Software Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

40

Roles Recruiting Into: Software Engineering Locations: London, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Coventry & Chester Salary & Benefits: £1,500 (pcm), subsidised canteen, holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: Min of three A grade A Levels, 2:1 or 1st class degree Application Process: Online Application & Assessment Centre instagr.am/careersatmetaswitch fb.me/joinmetaswitch @joinmetaswitch www.rmp.gd/metaswitch

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Metaswitch is the world’s leading cloud based communications software company. Our award-winning solutions power more than 1,000 worldwide service provider networks. We design and develop commercial and open-source software solutions. We are recruiting talented and motivated interns to join us as Engineers. You don’t need any experience – just have an interest in technology and be willing to take on big challenges! We’re looking for a great academic background (all A grades at A Level plus a good degree in any subject), and be looking to build your career in a company full of really smart people who love solving problems and working together in a collaborative and innovative environment. You will join our Engineering team, designing, developing and testing products that are revolutionising the communications industry. Working at the leading edge of technology, our engineers are always encouraged to explore new ideas and approaches and push the boundaries of their learning and development.


We are a global technology company looking for graduates and postgraduates to join our team as Software Engineers! Simply upload your CV and you’ll hear back within 48 hours:

No experience needed All disciplines welcome Competitive salary plus benefits


22nd Reviewed by 54 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Sales, Marketing, Business, IT

Number of Vacancies:

70

Roles Recruiting Into: Variety of roles within Business, Consulting, Technical Locations: Reading, London, Edinburgh Salary & Benefits: £17,000

How to apply Entry Requirements: N/A Application Process: Application form and test, video interview, assessment centre, check out our website for details

fb.me/MicrosoftUKGraduateRecruitment @MsUkStudents www.rmp.gd/microsoft

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At Microsoft we like to help people to get stuff done. It’s that simple. Whether it’s work or play, education, gaming or business, we’re changing the way people think about how technology should work. We’re bringing it together so that it empowers and works for everyone, in a simple, human, mobile way that suits them. Our interns have the opportunity to take on a unique role in one of several business areas. Roles are varied and stretch across the entire organisation from software engineering to sales, from marketing to corporate affairs and more. Your experience starts with an induction, which will provide you with the necessary tools and information to be successful. You’ll also be given opportunities to develop and grow, receive mentoring and coaching, participate in stretch projects, charity initiatives, external events and global projects. Our interns are given opportunities to deliver plenty of business impact for Microsoft. We’re hoping you can help us build our business into it’s exciting future. Visit our blog for further information www.beyourfuture.net


What Anastasia thinks...

Anastasia Hill From University of Kent Studying International Business with a year in Industry Position Sales Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/MICROSOFT What was the interview process like? The recruitment process is designed to see your potential, not just the ability you already have. The process included an application form, video interviews and an assessment day, the best advice I could give is to relax and be yourself. How much responsibility do you have? I felt extremely privileged during my placement to be trusted with so much responsibility, I’ve led projects with stakeholders from our customers to the UK Leadership Team, all in just a year! You’re never seen as ‘just the intern’.

“I’ve led projects with stakeholders from our customers to the UK Leadership Team, all in just a year!” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Microsoft isn’t focused on hiring one type of candidate, in every stage of the recruitment programme it’s okay to ask questions about the roles - it’s about you being the right match for the role just as much as it is about Microsoft wanting you. What do you most enjoy about your role? I loved my placement at Microsoft but the highlight for me was working with my team. Throughout the year the team

overwhelmed me with their support and constant offers of learning and shadowing opportunities. They made the experience amazing! What is the office atmosphere like? The ‘office atmosphere’ is different for all of our offices in the UK- one of the major benefits of a sales role is all the travelling to our offices and customer sites. All of them are welcoming and friendly but each is different! Describe your biggest achievement. My biggest achievement in the year was being asked to host our UK Town Hall, a meeting for all UK employees. This included hosting the event and introducing our UK CEO and at this event our Global CEO Satya Nadella, I was so lucky! How promising are the graduate prospects? Microsoft has incredible graduate opportunities in the UK and abroad, after you finish your intern year you are encouraged to apply for a graduate role and continue to make an impact. Just like the intern year there are all sorts of roles available! @RateMyPlacement absolutely loved

my year with @MicrosoftUK, what an

amazing company and group of individuals. Can’t wait to graduate and continue my

career journey #PlacementWin #InternLife The Top Undergraduate Employers | 159


10th Reviewed by 30 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Global Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

500

Roles Recruiting Into: Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Infrastructure divisions Locations: UK (London, Glasgow), Europe, Middle East Salary & Benefits: Competitive starting salary + benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1, or international equivalent in any degree discipline Application Process: Online (CV and cover letter), online psychometric testing fb.me/ @MorganStanley www.rmp.gd/morganstanley

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Our business Morgan Stanley is more than a leading financial services firm. With offices spanning 42 countries and talented, passionate people bringing excellence and integrity to everything we do, the firm is truly global. Throughout the firm’s history, diverse and talented individuals have worked together to develop our new ideas and ground-breaking financial products. Our successes Morgan Stanley has maintained its leadership position in the industry for many years. The firm’s investment banking franchise regularly features at the top of the league tables for Mergers & Acquisitions and IPOs. Our research, strategy, and economics teams are consistently ranked highly in investor surveys. Our Sales & Trading, Prime Brokerage, Wealth Management and Asset Management businesses have won multiple awards over the years and Morgan Stanley’s commitment to diversity and equality has also received accolades.


What Esha thinks...

Esha Massand From Birkbeck College, University of London Studying MSc in Computer Science Position Associate Application Developer, Prime Brokerage Funding & Financial Technology

How much responsibility do you have? Although I’m one of the more junior members of the team, I feel that my team trusts me with the responsibility I’m given. I’m often the point-person for clients when questions or new requirements arise. I am also never far from someone willing to help – there is an open dialogue here. What do you most enjoy about your role? There are daily challenges and I’m constantly learning. Currently I’m working on a project which has given me access to new technologies. It’s a good experience, it helps to develop my knowledge and there’s a great team which makes working here enjoyable.

“I didn’t expect to be working with such new technologies, nor did I expect to be helping to build a system from scratch so early in my career – it’s very exciting.” What has been your biggest challenge? I didn’t know any ‘angular 2’ when I started my role. I am now a proficient user of angular 2 – which is fantastic, but the journey was a real challenge! Luckily the training and support from the firm has made learning new things a lot easier.

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WWW.RMP.GD/MORGANSTANLEY Describe your biggest achievement? Building the back end to one of our services from scratch meant that I was able to work on a project from the beginning. I feel I’ve become a ‘go-to’ person for this particular system which has given me a sense of ownership that I find very rewarding.   How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I didn’t expect to be working with such new technologies, nor did I expect to be helping to build a system from scratch so early in my career – it’s very exciting. What is the office atmosphere like? It’s very inclusive – I have a great relationship with my team, both professionally, but also on a personal level. What activities are there outside of work? We are continuously encouraged to give back. Outside of work I volunteer with a charity for the homeless, named Aimar and I’m also about to take part in a number of charity races. There’s so much going on, it’s difficult to keep up with it all! @RateMyPlacement Morgan Stanley

is an open and inclusive environment.

I’m trusted with responsibility and get to experience new technology – it’s very exciting! #opportunity #innovation

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93rd Reviewed by 25 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus:

Engineering & Business Management

Number of Vacancies:

30

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, IT & Business Services, Finance, General Management Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £17,000 (pro rata), 75% discount on season ticket, 28 days holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2.2 Application Process: Online application, situational judgement test, online test, video interview, assessment centre instagr.am/networkrail fb.me/networkrailgraduates @NREarlyCareers www.rmp.gd/networkrail

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We own and operate the railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation. Our rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. But we still have work to do to create a railway fit for 21st century Britain. We’re investing more than £25bn through our Railway Upgrade plan. Although rail is a huge part of our business, we’re also one of the largest land and property owners in Britain. We manage a huge property portfolio that includes 18 of the biggest stations in Britain, the retail outlets inside them and the small businesses that live under their arches. We’re behind some of the biggest, most innovative projects in the country – from the world’s largest solar panel bridge at Blackfriars through to electrification and HS2. If you’d like to find out what it’s like to work for Network Rail our internships or placements are an ideal starting point.


What Aasiyah thinks...

Aasiyah Sidat From De Montfort University Studying BSc Hons Computer Security Position Security Analyst TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/NETWORKRAIL What was the interview process like? Before my face-to-face interview, I completed a video interview which was a new experience for me but definitely a positive one because you don’t have to worry about the interviewers watching you when you answer. The actual interview took place at Westwood which is Network Rail’s training facility. The interview was very smooth with the interviewers being very encouraging and not intimidating at all. How much responsibility do you have? I would say I have quite a lot of responsibility and the level of responsibility grows as you progress during the year. The goal as a placement student is to go from being a dependent learner to an independent learner. I have found that if you don’t understand something you ask plenty of questions and no one judges you for that.

“In my role I also have the flexibility to shadow and learn about other parts of the business and how they work.” What do you most enjoy about your role? I love the fact that I am working in a role I can see myself doing in the future. In my role I also have the flexibility to

shadow and learn about other parts of the business and how they work. I think this is really important because it can help you figure out what you like but also what you don’t. What activities are there outside of work? We do lots of extra-curricular activities to help us understand how the railway works. In November, we visited the Railway Transport Museum in York where we had a look at the history of the railway which was very interesting. How promising are the graduate prospects? The graduate programme looks brilliant and allows you to rotate in different areas of the business which sounds very exciting. There is a possibility that you are offered a place on the graduate scheme once you complete your placement so fingers crossed.

@RateMyPlacement On my placement

at Network Rail, I developed my skills to make me successful in my future

career and I was able to understand how a business works! #reallifeexperience #recommend.

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16th Reviewed by 54 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus:

Investment Banking, IT, Finance

Number of Vacancies:

200

Roles Recruiting Into: Investment Banking, Sales, Trading, Research, Structuring, Operations, Technology, Finance, Compliance, Risk Locations: London and European offices Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, onsite gym and canteen

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 in any degree Application Process: Online Application, Online Tests, CV & Application Questions, Interview, Case Study fb.me/ @Nomura www.rmp.gd/nomura

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Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By ‘Connecting Markets East & West’, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. At Nomura, internships are the perfect preparation for a subsequent full time role. We offer a range of graduate and internship programmes across three key areas; investment banking, global markets and corporate infrastructure. Internship opportunities can include a spring insight programme, a 10-week summer internship in London or a 3-6 month internship in one of our regional offices. For further information about Nomura, please visit www.nomura.com.


Make an impression Build your investment banking career at Nomura With a global network spanning over 30 countries, we’re able to connect our retail, asset management and wholesale clients to opportunities – wherever they are. We are now looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders to join our highly nimble and diverse workforce. If you want to make an impression and build a long term career in investment banking, come and discover more about Nomura. This could be a perfect fit for you.

Our internship programmes & deadlines: Internship Programmes (Investment Banking, Global Markets & Corporate Infrastructure)

Apply by no later than December 31, 2017* Insight Programmes (targeted towards students graduating in 2020)

Apply by no later than January 14, 2018* * We recruit on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible

nomura.com/connects

To find out more and apply, visit www.nomura.com/careers

© Nomura International plc 2017. Nomura is the global marketing name of Nomura Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo) and its direct and indirect subsidiaries worldwide including Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited, licensed and regulated by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, Nomura Securities International, Inc (New York), a member of FINRA, NYSE and SIPC and Nomura International plc (London), authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority and member of the London Stock Exchange. This is not an offer, solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell securities.

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3rd

Top In Industry Reviewed by 329 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Professional Services

Number of Vacancies:

800

Roles Recruiting Into: Assurance, Actuarial, Consulting, Deals, HR, Legal, Marketing, Tax, Technology Locations: UK-wide Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, holiday entitlement, healthcare, pension scheme, study support, bike scheme

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 or above in any degree subject Application Process: www.rmp.gd/pwc fb.me/PwCCareersUK @PwC_UK_Careers www.rmp.gd/pwc

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Opportunities are at the heart of a career with PwC. Our purpose is to build trust in society, solving important problems for our clients; helping them tackle complex business challenges and improving how they work. Our continued success, size and scale, not forgetting our extensive client base, creates an environment where undergraduates and graduates get access to the best career and work experience opportunities. No matter which year you’re in at university we have many ways you can learn, partly about us, but more importantly, about yourself. Wherever you join us, whether it’s one of our talent academies, women in business placements, summer internships, undergraduate or graduate work placements, they could all lead to a permanent job with us. All routes offer you the same deal. The opportunity to grow as an individual, to meet new people, and build lasting relationships that will stay with you for life. In return we need people who are resilient, willing to work hard, are quick to learn, and passionate about going the extra mile to help our clients.


What Kirsten thinks...

Kirsten From University of Edinburgh Studying LLB Law and Accounting (Hons) Position Tax Summer Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/PWC What was the interview process like? I was anxious during the application process. However, I viewed it as a learning experience and received prompt and constructive feedback. It was a very good way for me to identify my strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the internship. How much responsibility do you have? I was surprisingly given as much responsibility as a first year graduate which was excellent exposure. I was involved in client projects and given real client work. It was great to see the final product when I knew I had contributed to it.

“I enjoyed how welcoming and encouraging the PwC team were. They were always very keen to help me and took the time to explain things.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Prepare! Make sure you’re prepared for each stage of the application process and are aware of the attributes required by PwC and give examples. Show some personality during the application process – particularly the assessment day and the final interview.

What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoyed how welcoming and encouraging the PwC team were. They were always very keen to help me and took the time to explain things. I got the opportunity to work in different areas of the Tax business and on a variety of clients where I learnt so much. What has been your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge for me was not worrying too much about making mistakes. I was aware that it was real client work and was concerned about errors. However, the team encouraged me to ask questions and were very supportive and reassuring. Describe your biggest achievement. One client project I completed was praised for being completed more efficiently than in previous years. This was a project I was heavily involved in and felt proud that I’d contributed towards it. This was picked up in my appraisal and was hugely rewarding. @RateMyPlacement my placement

at PwC gave a me a real taste of working life and helped me identify where my

strengths lie. I can’t wait to join the team! #PwCProfessional

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47th Reviewed by 17 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

75

Roles Recruiting Into: Global Markets, Global Investment Banking, Finance, Operations, Risk and Technology Locations: London Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Any degree discipline considered Application Process: Online application, online tests, telephone interview, assessment centre fb.me/ @RBC4Students www.rmp.gd/rbc

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Royal bank of Canada is a premier investment bank that provides a focused set of products and services to institutions, corporations and high net worth clients in over 100 countries. We understand that the first steps in any career in finance are critical. With that in minds, we have the right formula to provide you with the opportunities and professional development you need to turn those first steps into a rewarding career. You’ll be part of a company with a superior financial track record, credit rating and reputation. In fact, we maintained a high credit rating throughout the recent financial crisis. Working at one of the worlds leading investment banks means you will benefit from the breadth of opportunity, depth of resources and quality of training that comes from our size, experience and strength. It will also give you the chance to work regularly with world class clients and colleagues. In short we provide the essential components to get your career off to a great start.


What Abigail thinks...

Abigail Mckenna From University of Durham Studying BA (Hons) Geography Position Analyst FX Sales TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/RBC What was the application process like? After submitting an online application and completing two online tests I was invited to a first round interview with two business associates. The process concluded with an assessment centre, consisting of interviews, a presentation and a group exercise.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? As an intern you are actively encouraged to network with the heads of the different sales and trading desks. The teams appreciate you’re still learning and want to help you find the desk that you’ll enjoy and plays to your strengths.

What was the interview process like? Much more conversational as the team are equally interested in what you do away from your studies. Describing situations and experiences that show you are more than the sum of your educational background never goes amiss.

How promising are the graduate prospects? The four-week training programme in New York gives you an overview of global markets and connects you with peers across the globe. RBC’s flat hierarchy gives you time to shadow Analysts to Managing Directors, learn the business and build your network.

“The four-week training programme in New York gives you an overview of global markets and connects you with peers across the globe.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Try to be yourself and relax. Your credentials speak for themselves so demonstrate you’re a person your interviewer could envisage sitting with daily. Research the team you want to join and explain how RBC is different from it’s competitors.

What activities are there outside of work? I’ve completed the Three Peaks Challenge for Great Ormond St Hospital – climbing the UK’s highest peaks in 24 hours. I’m also an RFuture Committee member. Our goal is to unite, improve and retain talent, by giving the next generation of leaders a voice. @RateMyPlacement I was encouraged

to meet with the heads of different sales and trading desks from the outset. This

gave me a chance to experience all areas of the business to complement the main desk I was supporting. #networking

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57th Reviewed by 15 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Law

Number of Vacancies:

24

Roles Recruiting Into: Law Locations: London Salary & Benefits: £300 per week

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 in any degree Application Process: First Interview Face-toFace, Presentations, Written Exercise, Aptitude test

fb.me/ @LifeinalawFirm www.rmp.gd/rpc

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Leading lawyers. Great clients. And an unrivalled commercial approach to business. At RPC we offer a depth of knowledge and creativity that few firms can rival, and combine this with high quality training programmes that are consistently lauded in the leading directories. Headquartered in a state of the art site in the City of London, we also have stunning offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our open plan, collaborative working environment – where knowledge is easily shared and access to partners an everyday reality – is designed to bring out the best in our people and to ensure that the service we offer our clients is second to none. And it is. We provide top quality legal services to global businesses across a wide range of industry sectors and practices. If you want to join us in challenging convention, we offer two week summer schemes and training contracts on a full– time contract for two years. We’re intent on rewriting the rules. If you have courage and a pioneering spirit, we’d love to hear from you.


What Amber thinks...

Amber Oldershaw From University of Nottingham Studying BSc Geography Position 2018 Trainee Solicitor TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/RPC What was the interview process like? The assessment day consisted of a business task, presentation and interview. The assessors struck the perfect balance between professional and approachable. There were opportunities to meet a range of individuals from across the firm and to ask questions about life at RPC. How much responsibility do you have? I was thrown into life at the firm immediately. Over two weeks I attended client meetings, wrote letters of advice, and undertook research. I was exposed to real life work rather than hypothetical tasks, which was both challenging and invigorating.

“Be passionate and get exposure! Research RPC thoroughly to determine what sets them apart and think about what makes you a unique candidate.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Be passionate and get exposure! Research RPC thoroughly to determine what sets them apart and think about what makes you a unique candidate. Attend events and law fairs to show HR you are enthusiastic. The summer scheme is fantastic so enjoy yourself!

What do you most enjoy about your role? The scheme was split between commercial and insurance seats which enabled me to experience a range of work and meet different people. I felt the summer scheme activities and work closely mimicked the realities of trainee life. What has been your biggest challenge? I was asked to produce research to take to a client meeting. Within two hours, I needed to produce a one page summary of information from complex legal sources, outlining the client’s position. This required both intense focus and intuition. Describe your biggest achievement. During the summer scheme, we were divided into teams to deliver a commercial presentation. Despite having extremely different workloads and time constraints, our team managed to produce a coherent and well-thought out presentation. @RateMyPlacement loved my

time @RPCLaw definitely think it’s

the one for me. Ready to embark on

my future @Lifeinalawfirm! #besotted #cantstayaway

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86th Reviewed by 25 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Information Technology & Software

Number of Vacancies:

45

Roles Recruiting Into: Sales, Operations, Consulting, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Recruitment Locations: London, Greater London Salary & Benefits: £17,500, 25 days holiday + 1 day birthday leave, study days, free lunch, subsidised Costa

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 in a relevant discipline Application Process: Online Application, Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre fb.me/lifeatsap @Life www.rmp.gd/sap

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SAP is a world leader in business enterprise software; nearly 100,000 companies in every industry across the globe are using SAP software right now to improve their business processes. By helping to manage their flow of information, SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use their business insight to become best run organisations. Today, SAP has locations in more than 190 countries with over 355,000 customers worldwide. SAP provides applications and services to customers that represent 87% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies, distribute more than 78% of the world’s food, and produce 82% of the world’s medical devices. Awarded as one of RateMyPlacement’s top undergraduate employers in both 2015/16 and 2016/17, in addition to being recognised as a top employer by the ‘Top Employers Institute’ for four consecutive years. A placement with SAP guarantees that you will have the chance to make an impact, not only in your chosen business discipline, but to the organisation as a whole.


What Alexander thinks...

Alexander Taylor From Lancaster University Studying Management and Information Technology Position Associate Human Resources Business Partner

What was the application process like? The application process was testing yet enjoyable. Throughout the whole process the assessors were friendly and welcoming. I felt this gave me a great insight into the collaborative culture that is so apparent at SAP. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? You should be prepared to be an integral member of your team and be willing to take on everything that comes your way. Being at the heart of a very fast-paced industry is a challenging yet rewarding experience.

“Success is what you make it, and SAP will help you make it your own.” How much responsibility do you have? Interns at SAP are given an immense amount of responsibility and work on real life projects. During my internship, I worked closely with senior leadership to identify current and future business needs, translating them into an HR strategy. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? SAP surpassed all my expectations. I was given the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues around the world, whilst taking lead on specific projects. There’s no shortage of fun opportunities. I am elated

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WWW.RMP.GD/SAP to be returning to SAP once I have graduated. What is the office atmosphere like? Success is what you make it, and SAP will help you make it your own. We work within energetic and innovative teams who go to great lengths to ensure we have every opportunity to succeed whilst encouraging us to work on dynamic and rewarding projects. What activities are there outside of work? In addition to regular intern development days and socials, SAP have a whole host of sports teams and business networks to join. You may even find yourself in Frankfurt playing in the SAP world cup! How promising are the graduate prospects? Very promising, early talent is a major priority for a lot of organisations, SAP included. If you consciously work towards your future and prove how you can add value to the organisation then there is no limit to your opportunities. @RateMyPlacement I have had an

incredible year at @SAPUKIreland. The

opportunities that have been presented to me have exceeded my expectations and

have given me an incredible insight into a global market leader

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11th

Top In Industry Reviewed by 88 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Real Estate

Number of Vacancies:

160

Roles Recruiting Into: Surveying, Building Surveying, Town Planning and Food & Farming Locations: UK Nationwide & Europe Salary & Benefits: Competitive and Comprehensive

How to apply Entry Requirements: RICS/RTPI Accredited Course (preferable)/passion for property and entrepreneurialism Application Process: Online Application, Selection Lunch & Telephone Interview instagr.am/savills_instagrad fb.me/savillsuk @SavillsGraduate www.rmp.gd/savills

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Savills is a leading global real estate service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company employs over 30,000 staff and has 700 offices and associates worldwide, providing trainees with excellent scope for international experience as their careers develop. Savills passionately believe their undergraduates are future leaders and therefore make a huge investment in them. Our undergraduates are given responsibility in teams who highly value their contribution and involve them in some of the world’s most high­profile property deals and developments. Individual achievement is rewarded and Savills look for bold undergraduates with entrepreneurial flair. The diversity of Savills services means there is the flexibility to carve out a fulfilling and selftailored career path despite the location. Savills are proud to be The Times Graduate Employer of Choice for Property for the eleventh year running, as many years as the award has existed.


What James thinks...

James Nicholls From Oxford Brookes University Studying Real Esate Mangement Position Graduate Surveyor TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/SAVILLS What was the application process like? The application process is straightforward and consists of a CV and cover letter, and for some pathways essay questions. Ultimately, Savills are giving you the opportunity to stand out and show them why you are right for the business.

role? Getting involved with the different aspects of the business, but also the vast network that the industry provides and the open plan office – where you have Directors and Associates sitting right next to you helping you along the way.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Be confident about your own ability. I know there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but it is a tough process and you are up against some very strong candidates – it’s important to stand out, for the right reasons.

What has been your biggest challenge? One of the challenges is prioritising jobs you are given by your team. Sometimes when you have a large work load, it is a challenge to juggle everything – but the team are always there to support and help you.

“I am still amazed by the level of responsibility that is given to me. I was thrown straight in, but learnt a lot in the process.” How much responsibility do you have? I am still amazed by the level of responsibility that is given to me. I was thrown straight in, but learnt a lot in the process. It makes me feel valued because I am trusted to complete the work that is sent off to clients.

How promising are the graduate prospects? Despite the current uncertainty in the market, Savills have outperformed our forecasts and are still performing strongly across the market. As such, graduate prospects should remain as promising as they have always been. @RateMyPlacement I thoroughly

enjoyed my placement at Savills. It gave me an insight into what my future career

could be like and challenged me every day. #property #valued

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23rd Reviewed by 21 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Law

Number of Vacancies:

40

Roles Recruiting Into: Trainee Solicitor Summer Vacation Scheme Locations: Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton Salary & Benefits: £285 per week

How to apply Entry Requirements: Minimum CCC & a degree in any discipline (or equivalents) Application Process: Online application form

fb.me/shoosmithsgraduates @ShoosmithsGrads www.rmp.gd/shoosmiths

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Shoosmiths’ focus on people, relationships and results has defined its achievements for more than 160 years. We’re a modern national commercial law firm, recently named UK Law Firm of the Year at The British Legal Awards. Achieving this is a dedicated team of lawyers along with a strong support team, in 12 offices throughout the UK, from Southampton to Edinburgh. From property developers to some of the UK’s largest banks, we work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world’s most exciting, ambitious growth businesses. During your placement you will get a real insight into life as a trainee solicitor at Shoosmiths, and it can even fast track you to a place on our assessment day for a training contract. You’ll be buddied with a trainee and spend time working with clients, partners and qualified lawyers. Everyone in our firm makes a valuable contribution to the business and we get you involved in that too, from attending client meetings, tribunals, to legal research, contract drafting and business development.


SEE YOURSELF AT SHOOSMITHS Develop your career at a firm focussed on putting people, relationships and results at the heart of your training contract. Apply now at www.shoosmiths.co.uk

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19th

Top In Industry Reviewed by 29 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

40

Roles Recruiting Into: Accountancy, Actuarial, Customer Operations, Human Resources, Risk Locations: Edinburgh, London Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 in any degree (some roles require specific subjects) Application Process: Online Application/CV, Online Test, Telephone Interview, Assesment Centre

fb.me/standardlifeuk @SLCareers_ www.rmp.gd/standardlife

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Standard Life is a company with world class ambitions. With over 6,300 employees around the globe, we provide a range of investment solutions to our 4.5 million customers across 45 countries. We also support 25 million more through our associate and joint venture operations in India and China. Our purpose is to invest for a better future. For our customers and clients, for our shareholders - and for our people. If you are one of our graduates or interns, this means you too. As part of our 10-week intern programme, you’ll get hands-on experience - challenging projects with real responsibilities. There’s great support – a big community of interns and graduates, help with accommodation in Edinburgh – and a personal development programme to complement your on-thejob learning. We currently have a number of exciting internships for students looking to gain first class experience and have the opportunity to showcase their talents. (All figures as at 31 December 2016)


“ There is a huge culture of

investing in and developing young people in the company which I have benefited from first hand. The amount of support I receive is immense and I am hugely grateful for it. ”

Standard Life is a company with world class ambitions Our purpose is to invest for a better future. For our customers and clients, for our shareholders - and for our people too. If you are one of our graduates or interns, this means you too. Our undergraduate programme isn’t easy, but who wants easy? You’ll have big challenges, real responsibilities – and a great support network. You’ll be encouraged to push yourself forward and develop the skills and abilities that will serve you well beyond your placement programme. Invest in your future today

ACCOUNTANCY ACTUARIAL CUSTOMER OPERATIONS HUMAN RESOURCES RISK

www.standardlife.com/graduates

GRADUATE CAREERS


6th

Top In Industry Reviewed by 49 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Law

Number of Vacancies:

66

Roles Recruiting Into: Vacation scheme 2018, First year insight event 2018 Locations: London and 32 other offices worldwide Salary & Benefits: £275 per week

How to apply Entry Requirements: ABB at A-Level and predicted 2:1 at undergraduate Application Process: Please visit www.rmp.gd/taylorwessing for more information fb.me/taylorwessinggraduates @TaylorWessing www.rmp.gd/taylorwessing

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Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, standing at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow. Acting as legal advisors to well-known clients in progressive and cutting-edge sectors, we’re a firm for the ground breakers, the smart thinkers and the trail blazers. Our focus on the industries of tomorrow technology, media and communications, life sciences, private wealth and energy - means that alongside law students, we also recruit a wide range of students who have studied non-law degrees. Vacation schemes: Our award winning vacation schemes (ranked number 1 in law based on student reviews on RateMyPlacement 2017) are designed for you to experience life as a trainee solicitor in a fast-paced and innovative City law firm. You’ll spend two weeks in two different practice groups gaining firsthand experience under the supervision of associates and partners. First year open day: In April 2018 we will be holding an insight event for candidates in their first year at university or second year of a four-year course.


What Alex thinks...

Alex Walker From University of Bristol Studying Law Position Vacation Scheme Student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/TAYLORWESSING How much responsibility do you have? I was given a large amount of responsibility throughout the scheme. This ranged from drafting documents to research tasks, with some work being published and used for clients. I felt integrated into the team and very comfortable in asking for guidance. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Do your research into the firm and have a clear understanding of why it appeals to you. Always be yourself and show what makes you an interesting person, and stay up-to-date with commercial issues. Finally, just relax and enjoy the experience.

“You get a real sense of teamwork and enthusiasm across the firm, where everyone shares the same vision and values” What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoyed being given real and exciting work in both IT, Telecoms & Competition and Private Client that was varied and gave me a broader experience of the firm. The responsibility given made me feel like I was making a real, valuable contribution.

What activities are there outside of work? The scheme was packed full of activities with something for everyone. There were numerous after work socials during the scheme, pro bono opportunities, and the chance to get involved in the many regular sporting activities the firm participates in. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? Taylor Wessing is definitely the friendliest and most open firm I’ve come across. It is inspiring to see their innovative and forward-thinking approach throughout the firm. I was instantly made to feel like a valued, integrated member of the team. What is the office atmosphere like? The office is packed full of personality. Everyone is extremely friendly and made a real effort to get to know me and put me at ease. You get a real sense of teamwork and enthusiasm across the firm, where everyone shares the same vision and values. @RateMyPlacement Had a fantastic

time on my vacation scheme at Taylor

Wessing! The action packed two weeks

gave me great insight into the workings and culture of an innovative and very friendly firm.

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94th Reviewed by 15 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Retail & Supply Chain

Number of Vacancies:

40

Roles Recruiting Into: Buying, Merchandising, Marketing, Online, Supply Chain, Stores, Finance and Technology Locations: Hertfordshire Salary & Benefits: Competitive, 20 Days Holiday Pro Rata

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 Degree Application Process: Online Application, Online Psychometric Testing, Video Interview and Assessment Centre fb.me/ @TescoProgrammes www.rmp.gd/tesco

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At Tesco we’re passionate about serving shoppers a little better every day and colleagues are at the heart of that. From day one you’re given real responsibility, and support to grow throughout a paid 10-week programme. Our business is full of varied opportunities in offices, stores and distribution centres. No two days are the same at Tesco and this, coupled with our collaborative culture, is something we’re really proud of. We believe the most rewarding way to develop is through real-life business experience. At Tesco you can apply your knowledge and be entrepreneurial, while learning from colleagues across the business at the same time. We work hard to inspire and help colleagues look after their whole wellbeing so they can be great at work and beyond. Our Welwyn Garden City campus offers cafes and restaurants, a subsidised gym and outdoor jungle gym, plus plenty of green space for walking meetings.


What Dominic thinks...

Dominic Berko From University of Manchester Studying International Business, Finance & Economics Position Online Programme TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/TESCO How much responsibility do you have? Right from the start you are treated as an equal. You are given amazing opportunities to make a difference very quickly. In my first project, I designed the dispatch area of a new Fulfilment Centre. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Do your homework. Look into what our company is doing compared to the other players in the market. Once your foot is through the door, be as inquisitive and passionate as you can. Just remember to be yourself and let your personality shine through.

“I was placed on an optimisation project. For the first time I lead my own project, rather than acting as a support. It really tested everything I had learned in my previous placements.” What do you most enjoy about your role? Everyday I am challenged and therefore I am learning. At this stage of our career it is vital to be able to think on your feet, enhance your problem solving skills and absorb as much information as possible. No two days have been the same.

What has been your biggest challenge? You don’t appreciate how big a business is until you’re in it. The number of stakeholders and people you work with is much bigger than I imagined. However, after a couple of months, your network begins to grow and grow, making this much simpler. Describe your biggest achievement. I was placed on an optimisation project. For the first time I lead my own project, rather than acting as a support. It really tested everything I had learned in my previous placements. Overall, I managed to save Tesco hundreds of thousands of pounds. How promising are the graduate prospects? Due to the size of the company, there are ample opportunities to move around. It is easy to see why there are so many ‘Tesco Lifers,’ because it is possible to have many careers at the same company. @RateMyPlacement My time at Tesco

has really exceeded all my expectations.

The responsibility you get from day one is incredible.

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27th Reviewed by 106 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Investment Banking

Number of Vacancies:

150

Roles Recruiting Into: Investment Bank, Corporate Center, Global Asset Management Locations: London and many other locations across EMEA Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Working towards minimum of 2:1 in any undergraduate degree Application Process: Online Application, Online Testing, Video Interviewing and Final Assessment fb.me/ubscareers @ubscareers www.rmp.gd/ubs

184 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Expert advice. Wealth management. Investment banking. Asset management. Retail banking in Switzerland. And all the support functions. That’s what we do. And we do it for private and institutional clients as well as corporations around the world. We are about 60,000 employees in all major financial centers, in almost 900 offices and more than 50 countries. Together. That’s how we do things. We offer people around the world a supportive, challenging and diverse working environment. We value your passion and commitment, and reward your performance. Are you truly collaborative? Succeeding at UBS means respecting, understanding and trusting colleagues and clients. Challenging others and being challenged in return. Being passionate about what you do. Driving yourself forward, always wanting to do things the right way. Does that sound like you? Then you have the right stuff to join us. We offer a wide range of programs; from our First Year Program, through to Summer Internships, Industrial Placements and Graduate opportunities.


What Hannah thinks...

Hannah Mitchell From Exeter University Studying Economics BSc Position Investment Bank Industrial Placement student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/UBS How much responsibility do you have? I supported senior management on a number of projects where I had clear accountability and ownership over tasks and the autonomy to make my own decisions. My line manager did his best to make sure that I had a balanced work load and that I had work that would challenge me to learn more about the business area.

“You are constantly learning throughout the duration of your placement, something that I really valued. ” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Apply early as the program is extremely popular and recruitment is done on a rolling basis, so the sooner you can apply the better! What do you most enjoy about your role? I love that no two days are the same; I could come into work with a plan for the day and end up doing something completely different. It means that you are constantly learning throughout the duration of your placement, something that I really valued.

What has been your biggest challenge? When I joined, the initial learning curve was very steep as there is a vast amount of new information to take in. That’s why I think the first few weeks are the most challenging, but I picked things up quickly! How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I’m amazed by how willing everyone is to take the time to explain their desk and what their job entails day-to-day. I have been able to broaden my network and learn about more roles within the firm than I even realised existed before I started my placement. Describe your biggest achievement? My biggest achievement at UBS involved working on projects that contributed to my team bringing on new mandates, whilst gaining exposure to key clients. What is the office atmosphere like? I am extremely impressed with the culture at UBS. My team made me feel extremely welcome and senior management made time to talk to me about their business area as well as checking in on my progress on the program. @RateMyPlacement Thanks UBS for a

fantastic year! #TimeFlies’

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71st Reviewed by 23 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Automotive Manufacturer

Number of Vacancies:

79

Roles Recruiting Into: Business, IT, Engineering, HR, Finance, Purchasing, PR, Sales, Marketing Locations: Ellesmere Port, Luton Salary & Benefits: ÂŁ16,500, 21 days Holiday, Subsidised Canteen, Discounts on new cars/ parts for friends and family

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 in relevant degree Application Process: Online Application Form, Psychometric Testing and Assessment Centre fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/vauxhall

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Vauxhall is a major UK employer, with around 35,000 people. 23,000 people work within our Retail Network, and a further 7,000 are employed within our UK supply chain. Vauxhall Motors operates a 12-month undergraduate placement scheme for students eager to gain handson work experience within an industry leading company. Every year, over 75 proactive students will have the chance to immerse themselves in the fast-paced and exciting automotive industry by taking on challenging roles and contributing to vehicle launches, community projects and continuous improvement of business processes. Our undergraduate programme has been running for over 25 years and so we recognise the importance of investing in the professional development of our placement students. From training in areas such as presentation skills and safe driving to the allocation of a personal mentor, all undergraduates are provided with the support to enable them to make a real contribution to the organisation and add value to their degree.


What Andrea thinks...

Andrea Harpas From Brighton University Studying Business Management with Human Resource Management Position Assistant HR Advisor TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/VAUXHALL What was the interview process like? The interview process was rather pleasant which consisted of an online application form, online test and an assessment. The assessment centre included an interview, a presentation and a group exercise. All hiring managers were very welcoming and friendly which put me at ease. How much responsibility do you have? With my role came huge accountability, I was responsible for looking after 200 employees from the Vauxhall Aftersales Warehouse group and supported them in various HR matters. I had a great opportunity to be fully involved in various parts of HR including absence tracking and payroll. I was also the communications lead for the aftersales site.

“You gain exposure into your chosen role and for me it has confirmed my future career path.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? I would strongly recommend students to apply for a placement at Vauxhall. You gain exposure into your chosen role and for me it has confirmed my future career path. When applying for roles, I recommend that you show enthusiasm as

to why you’d like to work at a successful company like Vauxhall. What do you most enjoy about your role? My team have played a huge part in my placement year. They have been welcoming and made me feel like a key team member. They provided me support when it was needed but also valued my opinions and input. I have made great work networks and friendships which I hope to continue after my placement ends. What activities are there outside of work? There is a huge social advantage for undergraduates at Vauxhall. Within the first two weeks of your placement there are many social events which give you the opportunity to meet other undergraduates and help you settle in your role. Some undergraduates relocated and house shared which is very similar to what you do at university. Throughout my placement year there were various events always being arranged. @RateMyPlacement what an amazing

year at Vauxhall. Learnt so much about the

industry and myself and I have worked with

some amazing people. Thank you Vauxhall! #Vauxhall

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72nd Reviewed by 15 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus:

Telecommunications, Media

Number of Vacancies:

15

Roles Recruiting Into: Finance, People (HR), Virgin Media Business, Analysis Locations: Hook near Reading, Birmingham, Manchester and Hammersmith Salary & Benefits: £17,500 + £1,000 welcome bonus, performance related bonus + benefits

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 degree Application Process: Online Application, Video & Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre instagr.am/vmgradsandinterns fb.me/virginmediajobs @VirginMediaJobs www.rmp.gd/virginmedia

188 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Virgin Media is powering a digital world that makes good things happen. Since the invention of the internet, digital technology has had an increasing impact on the way people live and communicate. But it’s not just technology that interests us, it’s how technology can be used to improve lives and prospects. Across the UK and Ireland, Virgin Media offers four multi-award winning services - broadband, TV, landline and mobile and we are in the process of growing all aspects of the business so we can connect more of our customers to the things and people they care about. Virgin Media is looking for the future leaders and experts who can help us stay ahead of the game. In return, you will be put right at the heart of the business – dialling up your strengths, stretching and challenging the norm and broadening your knowledge of the company and the telecoms industry. So, why not join Virgin Media, one of the world’s most exciting companies, kick start your career, and make good things happen.


Get on the ultrafast track

Our growing ultrafast fibre network is powering the UK and Ireland’s digital future. But it’s people who really add the magic to our cables. Bag a spot on Virgin Media’s Intern programme, and you won’t just join a Top Intern Employer. You’ll help us connect more people to everyone and everything they love – and get your career off to a blisteringly fast start.


85th Reviewed by 21 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Entertainment, Media, Retail

Number of Vacancies:

180

Roles Recruiting Into: Business, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Comms, Commercial, Production, Creative, PR, Marketing Locations: Hammersmith, London Salary & Benefits: £18,000 per annum

How to apply Entry Requirements: 3rd-year placement students only. Applicants must be returning to uni in Sept 2019 Application Process: Applications open Oct 2018. Telephone interview, face-to-face assessment fb.me/DisneyCareers @Disney_UK www.rmp.gd/disney

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How great would it be to get your foot in the door with a global brand like Disney? Every year, we give internships to the individuals who can really add something to this magical business. What is #LifeAtDisney like? It’s a series of magical moments with cast members and employees developing and telling our stories in the most innovative ways. Whether it’s a day spent as a Disney VoluntEAR, or celebrating the release of a new interactive experience, retail product or movie, our days are filled with the knowledge that we are creating entertainment experiences the whole family can enjoy. Being the massively diverse company we are, there are opportunities in almost every area, including Sales, Design, Marketing, IT, Finance, and HR, in industries from movies and gaming through to television, retail, products and licensing. If you’re destined for the top, there is no better place to show what you’re made of. We’ll train you and give you every opportunity - the rest is up to you. This is Disney, where your dreams and career aspirations can come true.


What Paige thinks...

Paige Williams From University of the West of England Studying Business and Human Resource Management Position HR Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/DISNEY What was the interview process like? The assessment day itself consisted of interviews with relevant managers, a Disney-related group activity and ending with a small individual task. The HR team made you feel very welcome and relaxed, making sure to bring the best out of each individual.

What do you most enjoy about your role? There is always something to look forward to, whether this is meeting the characters on a special event or watching a screening of the latest Disney film, there is always a buzz in the office. I have enjoyed every second of this year!

How much responsibility do you have? Right from the start I was treated as an equal to the other members of my team. I was given an endless amount of opportunities to make a difference to my role and the overall team, including setting up new processes in the Employee Relations team.

What has been your biggest challenge? The first few weeks, after already taking a big step moving to London you then start work and need to learn a vast amount of information in a small amount of time, all of which has helped me grow professionally as an individual.

“There is always something to look forward to, whether this is meeting the characters on a special event or watching a screening of the latest Disney film, there is always a buzz in the office.”

What activities are there outside of work? I lived with 2 other interns, making my year very sociable, especially living around Hammersmith. There is always a buzz around this area when you leave work, so you are always able to find something to do if you aren’t ready to head home!

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? I would suggest when applying to show enthusiasm throughout your application of why you would like to work in such a strong branded company! Make sure you make the most of your year, take every opportunity as they come!

@RateMyPlacement Working at Disney

really exceeded all my expectations! The

amount of responsibility and experience you receive is incredible. I was lucky enough to

work with the best team and I will miss them all very much! #DreamHRTeam

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THE TOP 50 MEDIUM-SIZED UNDERGRADUATE SCHEMES 2017 - 2018 On the following pages you will find information about the Top 50 Medium-sized Undergraduate Schemes. They are organised in alphabetical order.

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“Increasing numbers of employers are starting and growing their undergraduate schemes. We’re delighted the Top Medium-sized Undergraduate Schemes table has expanded this year, as more and more organisations are providing Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder, students with opportunities RMPENTERPRISE throughout the UK” The Top Undergraduate Employers | 193


37th Reviewed by 4 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Industrial Gases

Number of Vacancies:

9

Roles Recruiting Into: Chemical and Mechanical Engineers Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £18,000 (pro rata) subsidised on-site gym at HQ location, access to social and company organised events.

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 or above in Mechancial/Chemical Engineering degrees Application Process: CV & covering letter followed by video interview and assessment centre fb.me/airproductscareers @AirProducts www.rmp.gd/airproducts

194 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Air Products is a world-leading Industrial Gases company that has been in operation for over 75 years and touches the lives of consumers around the globe in positive ways every day. With approximately 16,000 employees and operations in 50 countries, we serve customers across a wide range of industries. Our core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. Our aim is to develop lasting relationships by understanding customer needs, doing business with integrity and honesty, and demonstrating a passion for exceeding expectations. We couldn’t be as successful as we are today without our people. If you would like to be part of something amazing, check out our opportunities starting summer 2018. You will be doing a real job, learning new skills, and putting your academic knowledge to practice.


What Rebecca thinks...

Rebecca Butterfield From University of Lincoln Studying Mechanical Engineering Position Technical Support – Cryogenic Equipment and Applications TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/AIRPRODUCTS How much responsibility do you have? On smaller projects, I worked independently throughout the year. For larger projects, there was more supervision however, it never felt like I had less responsibility. More that I was working with the team and sharing responsibility. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? My role was very dynamic, in that I always had multiple projects I was working on. You must learn how to organise your time and prioritise which project to work on quickly. That way, you don’t lose track of where your projects are.

“ I received lots of training and guidance, so I felt like someone they were investing in, rather than someone just there for the year.” What do you most enjoy about your role? Working in technical support means you are problem solving daily – which I love! Your solutions are implemented and you can see them working, which is extremely rewarding. Plus, I got to travel to customer sites and see the equipment at work.

What has been your biggest challenge? Cryogenic equipment isn’t for typical mechanical use. There are a lot of new concepts to grasp regarding low temperature engineering. While challenging, it was really interesting to learn, and exciting to implement those concepts. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I felt supported and encouraged by Air Products. I received lots of training and guidance, so I felt like someone they were investing in, rather than someone just there for the year. It felt like I was part of the company, not someone temporary. How promising are the graduate prospects? It’s clear Air Products has a well organised graduate scheme. I have become friends with a lot of the current graduates and talked to them about their progression and career path. Hopefully I get the opportunity to join the scheme when I graduate. @RateMyPlacement Never a

dull day in Air Products Cryogenic

Technical Support! What an amazing

placement this has been! #industryready #cryogenicsarecool

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 195


36th Reviewed by 5 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: IT, Mechanical Engineering

Number of Vacancies:

14

Roles Recruiting Into: Software Engineering, Application Engineering Locations: Birmingham, UK Salary & Benefits: Competitive, subsidised canteen, subsidised social events, paid holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: 300 UCAS points, predicted 2:1 degree Application Process: Online Application, Assessment Centre fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/autodesk

196 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Want to help design winning racing cars, more fuel efficient planes, the biggest yachts, the tallest skyscrapers? With Autodesk you can! As a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Autodesk helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. Autodesk accelerates better design through an unparalleled depth of experience and a broad portfolio of software to give customers the power to solve their design, manufacturing, business, and environmental challenges. Our placement programme was established six years ago as Delcam, before we became part of Autodesk, and continues with the same ethos of ensuring all new starters get the training and support they need, plus we have regular subsidised social events to help break the ice! We are looking for bright IT, Maths, Physics, and Engineering students to fill opportunities we have for software developers and technical consultants in our UK division. If you’re the sort of individual who would thrive in a dynamic company like ours please visit our website to find out more.


Careers at Autodesk Be a leader in your field

Employment and placement opportunities for Software Engineers and Application Engineers • Over 25 new starters each summer • Extensive training • Real-world projects

• Broad experience through rotations in multiple teams • Professional registration opportunities

Visit www.autodesk.co.uk/graduates “Colleagues are friendly and the work is interesting. The graduate rotation scheme is great for getting to know people around the company, learning the systems and for finding a team that suits you.” Simon, Graduate Software Engineer

Autodesk, Small Heath Business Park, Birmingham B10 0HJ | Tel: +44 (0) 121 766 5544


6th Reviewed by 11 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

14

Roles Recruiting Into: Actuarial Consultants Locations: London, Amersham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bromsgrove, Cheltenham, Glasgow Salary & Benefits: Flexible benefits package, competitive salary and 25 days holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: 300 UCAS points, 2:1 degree or above and an ‘A’ in A level maths Application Process: Online application, telephone interview and assessment centre

fb.me/barnettwaddingham @bw_llp www.rmp.gd/barnettwaddingham

198 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Founded in 1989, Barnett Waddingham has grown to become the UK’s largest independent provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services. From small beginnings with just 20 people, our total headcount is now over 880 (including 68 partners and 100 associates) – with offices in seven locations around the UK. We act for a wide range of clients, large and small, in both the private and public sectors including 15% of FTSE 350 firms with a DB scheme. Barnett Waddingham is keen to promote the development of professional standards for all employees. This can be achieved by general work experience and mentoring together with the provision of study support for relevant professional examinations. We are looking for ambitious individuals who would relish working in the actuarial profession, including the opportunity to use actuarial and risk management skills in some newer exciting industry areas, such as wider consultancy to the Oil and Gas industry and our evolving Business Risk services.


What Rachel thinks...

Rachel Pegrum From University of Warwick Studying Mathematics Position Actuarial Consultant

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What was the interview process like? The assessment day was not as nervewracking as I thought it would be. All the interviewers were friendly. We were given a tour of the office and an opportunity to meet with Actuarial students to learn more about life at BW and life as an Actuary.

“I particularly enjoy the variety in the work and the number of different client teams and schemes you get involved with.” How much responsibility do you have? You are given a good amount of responsibility. You are asked to send external emails and run calculations. Everything you do is checked over by a colleague so you are never worried that what you may be sending out to clients is wrong. What do you most enjoy about your role? I particularly enjoy the variety in the work and the number of different client teams and schemes you get involved with. You also get the opportunity to work with everyone on your team. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I was surprised to find how friendly and approachable the partners and senior staff are. The offices are also

open planned so you get a feeling of collaboration and openness amongst the teams. What is the office atmosphere like? The office isn’t a pressured environment. There’s a reasonable amount of talking but not so much that you find yourself distracted from your work. Colleagues are friendly and professional. The teams are fairly small so you get to know everyone. What activities are there outside of work? Barnett Waddingham host a variety of sports tournaments as well as boat trips, walking holidays, pub quizzes and picnics to name a few! How promising are the graduate prospects? The programme gives you a real insight into what it would be like to work as an actuarial graduate, all the teams take on graduates for the following year so the opportunities are available in each of the offices. @RateMyPlacement Great placement

at Barnett Waddingham, really friendly

people and lots of exposure to actuarial work #career #summerplacement

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 199


25th Reviewed by 8 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Number of Science, Innovation Vacancies: and Technology

10

Roles Recruiting Into: Science and Engineering, Research and Development Locations: Southampton and Cambridge, UK Salary & Benefits: Salary range £16,000 £18,000, bonus, shares, subsidised canteen & gym

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 in relevant Scientific, Technical or Engineering degree Application Process: Online application with CV and cover letter; telephone pre-screen followed by on-site interviews fb.me/ @BAT_Sci www.rmp.gd/bat

200 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Our R&D centres are located across the world, with our HQ facilities based in Southampton. Our focus is science based innovations through leading-edge research with harm reduction at its core. We are now developing and testing a next generation of potentially less risky alternatives to conventional cigarettes, including e-cigarettes and Tobacco Heating Products. Central to product development is to give our consumers, as well as the regulators, confidence in product quality and functionality and an understanding of their potential risk profile. We offer one year placements to students looking to gain experience in an R&D environment. We are looking for undergrads studying Chemistry, Life Sciences, Engineering, Product Design, Material Science, Behavioural and Sensorial Science. Successful applicants will undertake projects, having responsibility and opportunities for training and development. Bring your difference…


What Zohal thinks...

Zohal Kurdoghlee From University of Surrey Studying MEng Chemical and Process Engineering Position Placement student in Compliance, Combustible Discovery

What was the interview process like? After submitting my CV, cover letter and online screening tests, I had a phone interview and was invited to attend a face-to-face interview. The interview was relaxed with some competency and technical questions. Shortly after I was offered the role. How much responsibility do you have? A lot of responsibilities which helped me to stretch my capabilities and build competency. Leading my project gave me the opportunity to work with many internal functions and external suppliers and have a better understanding of the corporate world.

“I am more confident and aware of my capabilities. I am also more knowledgeable about the type of role I would go for after graduation.”

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WWW.RMP.GD/BAT What do you most enjoy about your role? Working on live projects and getting a real hands-on experience. This has allowed me to apply the engineering principles learned at university on real projects. Knowing that my work was valued and important to the company gave me more confidence. What has been your biggest challenge? Managing my project and making decisions on how to proceed the project was daunting at the beginning. But I took ownership and led the project which was challenging and exciting at the same time. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? Given several responsibilities as I would have had as a graduate has given me an insight into my future career. I am more confident and aware of my capabilities. I am also more knowledgeable about the type of role I would go for after graduation. @RateMyPlacement and @BAT_Sci,

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Be confident and enthusiastic. Make an effort to prepare and do some research about the company. Just be yourself and don’t forget to smile.

I loved my placement at BAT. Working

cross functionally gave me the opportunity to further develop my interpersonal

skills as well as technical knowledge in

chemical engineering. #Professionallife #Accomplished

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 201


23rd Reviewed by 7 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: IT

Number of Vacancies:

7

Roles Recruiting Into: Software Developer, Cloud Engineer, Network Engineer & Technical Project Support Locations: Newbury, Berkshire Salary & Benefits: £16,000 per annum + £1,000 welcome bonus & attractive benefits package such as 27 days holiday, private medical insurance

How to apply Entry Requirements: On track for a 2:1 or above in relevant degree Application Process: Online Application & Assessment Centre fb.me @ www.rmp.gd/cognitoiq

202 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Cognito iQ are software development specialists who design and develop cloud-based solutions for businesses with mobile workforces. Our software provides enterprises with real-time interaction and visibility of their mobile workforce to continually improve operational capability. For over 20 years we have led the way, developing ideas and solutions with our customers to differentiate their business by providing exceptional customer experiences. Quite simply, we develop the most advanced mobile workforce solutions and operational performance analytics in the world. That’s the reason why the biggest names in Field Service, Facilities Management, Courier, Retail Logistics and Utilities rely on the Cognito iQ platform to run their mobile workforce operations. Solutions which are highly functional, robust and incredibly reliable. We support over 40,000 mobile workers, engineers, technicians and drivers in the field, processing millions of data transactions every day.


What Kelsey thinks...

Kelsey McKenna From University of Birmingham Studying BSc Mathematics and Computer Science Position IP - Middleware Platform TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/COGNITOIQ What was the interview process like? There was an assessment centre day during which we completed some written exams to test our programming knowledge and ability. Next we had a team exercise with an interesting twist! Finally, I had a non-technical interview with my future manager. How much responsibility do you have? I have been able to take responsibility for many important tasks since I work in a self-organising agile team. My team always trusts me with every task I undertake. I’ve been given the autonomy to work unfettered by any doubts about my ability.

“My team always trusts me with every task I undertake. I’ve been given the autonomy to work unfettered by any doubts about my ability..” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Demonstrate diligence with your CV and cover letter in the application. You can prepare for the assessment centre with mock assessment centres and research. You can go the extra mile by reading the Cognito iQ blogs.

What do you most enjoy about your role? I’m constantly learning new things. Sometimes it’s about the Cognito iQ platform, but mostly it’s new technologies and new ways of problem solving. When I’m at work, I explore the same software interests I have outside work, which is a pleasure. What has been your biggest challenge? It took time to learn how to navigate through the Cognito iQ platform, the new technologies, the world of Cloud, the terminology, and the agile process. After three or four weeks I had enough knowledge to make a real contribution to the team. How promising are the graduate prospects? The company is very supportive of placement students, and many return after they graduate. The fun atmosphere and the exciting challenges ahead are more than enough to tempt people to come back! @RateMyPlacement I’ve learnt about

Cognito iQ and their exciting technologies, but I’ve also learnt many transferable

skills that will benefit me for life. Plus I’ve

been a key contributor in developing game changing products in a great team

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 203


33rd Reviewed by 6 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: IT Services

Number of Vacancies:

20

Roles Recruiting Into: Various roles covering Business, Cyber Security, Software Programming, IT Infrastructure and HR Locations: Dependent on the programme: London, Hatfield, Milton Keynes Salary & Benefits: £17,000 (pro rata), 23 days holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 degree in any discipline Application Process: Online application, video assessment, Assessment Centre fb.me/ @Computacenter www.rmp.gd/computacenter

204 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

At Computacenter, our tag line is ‘enabling users in a digital world’ – and that’s exactly what we do; we equip our customers’ people with the tools and technology they need, to be free to do what they do best. We put our customers and people at the heart of everything we do. As a year-long placement undergraduate, we will expect a lot of you, but in turn we will go the extra mile to enable you to achieve great things. Our placement programmes are real jobs with real impact on our business. As well as experience in the workplace and on multiple customer sites, we offer business-aligned training and opportunities to build your own network. During your time at Computacenter you will have regular exposure to our senior leaders, be actively encouraged to play a pivotal role as a company ambassador at your university, aligned mentors to help identify career paths post-graduation and are offered potential opportunities for progression onto our Graduate and Associate Programmes. You can also expect challenging projects, and a friendly professional environment with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow.


What Zoe thinks...

Zoe Holland From Loughborough Univeristy Studying IT Management for Business Position Global Infrastructure Operations Administrator TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/COMPUTACENTER What was the interview process like? Computacenter’s assessment day was an excellent insight into the company and its culture. It showed me that they are inclusive and supportive, and I immediately knew I wanted to work for them. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Put yourself out there! Doing the day-today at work is great, but by being willing to help on extra projects and offering different viewpoints you can really add value to your team, and develop some different skillsets while you’re at it.

“It’s a perfect working environment to get the job done and have fun doing it.” How much responsibility do you have? I was very pleasantly surprised by how much responsibility and autonomy I was given in my role; as an integral member of the team I had a wide mix of projects that were wholly mine to run from start to finish, and always felt valued and trusted. What do you most enjoy about your role? The opportunity to work with a wide range of teams across the UK and Germany was perfect for me. Being able to communicate with a wide variety of people meant everyday was different and

varied which is exactly what I was hoping for in a placement. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? Gaining industry-wide qualifications and being involved in the recruitment of students were aspects of my job that exceeded my expectations. The best part however were the people – nothing beats working with fun people who care about what they do. What is the office atmosphere like? In every office I encountered, the staff were always willing to chat and keep you involved. With a perfect mix of being formal whilst still flexible, it’s a perfect working environment to get the job done and have fun doing it. What activities are there outside of work? Computacenter have events throughout the year, with our placement cohort having a team in the Charity Football competition, and every office is never too far from good locations for team events like mini-golf. @RateMyPlacement Computacenter

are passionate about giving placement

students the opportunities to learn and gain certifications, with the hope that we will

want to return post graduation #futuretalent #valued

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 205


35th Reviewed by 7 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Energy Trading

Number of Vacancies:

13

Roles Recruiting Into: Trading, Risk, Quantitative Analysis, Finance, IT Locations: London Salary & Benefits: ÂŁ19,800 pro rata, 25 days holiday pro rata, comprehensive training and development plan

How to apply Entry Requirements: Penultimate/final year students, on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:1 degree Application Process: Online application, telephone interview and assessment centre fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/edftrading

206 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

EDF Trading is a leader in the international wholesale energy markets. The company manages a portfolio of assets which give it the ability to source, supply, transport, store, blend and convert physical commodities around the world. These capabilities enable EDF Trading to deliver essential asset optimisation services, risk management and wholesale market access to the EDF Group and its third party customers. EDF Trading is active in the electricity, natural gas, LNG, LPG, coal and freight and environmental products markets. If you join us we will encourage you to critically assess our processes and test your ideas in a rapidly evolving market. As champions of smart thinking, we will not only offer you real exposure to our daily operations and expert training but also give you the opportunity to put all you have learnt into practice and make the most of your talents. EDF Trading has a strong track record of offering permanent roles to interns upon completion of their studies.


What Ashley thinks...

Ashley Hikmet From London School of Economics and Political Science Studying BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance Position Flow/Oil Trader

How much responsibility do you have? I was given a great opportunity to convey my trading ideas to the desk through detailed analysis and research which were then successfully used by the traders. What do you most enjoy about your role? I collaborated with different trading desks to gain a greater insight into the market whilst competing against some of the smartest minds in the industry. Working in trading you are able to immediately quantify your success.

“The prospects for graduates are great and directly related to the amount of effort you are willing to put in during the internship.� What has been your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge was also the greatest opportunity. This was in the form of a presentation to the board, including the CEO. This challenge touched upon many skills including presentation to a large group and clear communication of your trade ideas.

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WWW.RMP.GD/EDFTRADING What is the office atmosphere like? The working environment at EDF Trading is fantastic. There were plenty of occasions where the team were about to laugh but at times it was also very serious when breaking news relevant to the energy industry was disseminated into the market. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Apply early, triple check your application for any simple mistakes. Try to stand out by mentioning any interesting experiences relevant for the role. Once you have a foot in the door ensure that you give the role everything over the short period of time that you are there. How promising are the graduate prospects? I received a job offer upon completion of the internship to work within flow trading on the oil desk. The prospects for graduates are great and directly related to the amount of effort you are willing to put in during the internship.

@RateMyPlacement There is no other

work environment that I am aware of that is able to give the same binary, instant feedback of your performance.

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 207


9th Reviewed by 4 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Supply Chain and Logistics

Number of Vacancies:

10

Roles Recruiting Into: Logistics Management, HR, Business & Strategy Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: £17,000 p/a, 25 days holiday, discretionary performance related bonus, pension scheme, HSF health plan

How to apply Entry Requirements: Any degree discipline, Full UK driving license Application Process: Online Application, Telephone Interview, Insight Day (at one of our depots), Assessment Centre fb.me/Gist.TransformingSupplyChains @Gist_World www.rmp.gd/gist

208 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Ambitious, resilient, a leader, innovative, adaptable, engaging. Sound like you? Sounds like one of our future business leaders. Our 12-month placements are designed to create future business leaders in Logistics Management, HR and Business & Strategy. A Gist placement is more than just work experience. It’s a journey to finding yourself, making a true impact and building a future career. You will take real responsibility and ensure our people reach their full potential. In return, you’ll be provided with hands-on training, central management workshops and a development plan tailored to you. Over two thirds of our placement students are offered a Graduate scheme position – this could be you! Gist specialise in chilled and perishable transportation and transform the supply chains of 3,000+ customers, including Marks & Spencer, Starbucks and EAT. We are responsible for ensuring each of these stores in the UK receive deliveries on time and at the correct temperature. We work 24/7, 365 days a year to deliver the best possible service to our customers.


What Connor thinks...

Connor O’Brien From University of Liverpool Studying BA Business Management with Year in Industry Position Warehouse Team Manager TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/GIST What was the interview process like? It was great! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming that it created a calm and relaxed environment which put my nerves at ease. The whole process really highlighted to me how important it is for Gist’s employees to feel empowered and confident. How much responsibility do you have? Far more than I ever imagined! The opportunity to manage a team of up to 40 employees as a 20-year-old student is something very few companies offer. From day one I have been a fundamental component in the management team, not just a student on placement.

“The opportunities to learn and develop have surpassed my expectations and I would never have thought that my placement would make me as confident and mature as I am now.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Give it time. It is rare someone will walk into a role like this and immediately succeed. Managing people takes time and practice. There will be challenges along the way to learn from and every experience will ultimately better your management skills.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? When I joined Gist I had no idea just how much I would learn about myself. The opportunities to learn and develop have surpassed my expectations and I would never have thought that my placement would make me as confident and mature as I am now. What is the office atmosphere like? Gist actively promotes a fun and friendly working environment. We do understand that work needs to get done, however the company recognises that people work best when they are happy, and this is the feeling shared amongst the employees. How promising are the graduate prospects? Over one fifth of Gist’s senior management team have all come through the graduate scheme which really shows me that if you are willing to put the time and effort into your role, you will be recognised and will rapidly become a future business leader. @RateMyPlacement What an

experience! Thank you to everyone at

@Gist_World for an amazing year. Never

imagined I’d have learnt and developed so

much. The skills I have gained I’ll take with me forever #Gist #PlacementYear

The Top Undergraduate Employers | 209


22nd Reviewed by 3 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Consumer Goods

Number of Vacancies:

6

Roles Recruiting Into: Product Marketing, Sales Analytics, Finance Locations: Windsor, UK Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, 25 days holiday, product discounts, subsidised health club, social events

How to apply Entry Requirements: Genuine enthusiasm for our business, 3 A levels at A*- B Application Process: CV & covering letter to recruitment@groupeseb.com, tel int, visit to Windsor for interviews fb.me/TefalUK @TefalUK www.rmp.gd/groupeseb

210 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

Groupe SEB is a global leader in the manufacturing of small domestic appliances & cookware. With household brands like Tefal, Krups and Rowenta, & our partnership brands such as Nespresso, we produce everything from frying pans to coffee machines, from blenders to irons. If you look around your kitchen we’re sure you will be using at least one of our products! We pride ourselves on being innovative with a huge investment in R&D & our products are sold in 150 countries. With over 33,000 staff worldwide we are actively growing with major recent acquisitions. As a business we are underpinned by strong values, with a clear focus on corporate social responsibility & sustainability. As part of the UK team you will have a unique opportunity to experience a highly commercial business & understand what is required to get products to market. You will be warmly welcomed, given significant responsibility, & immersed in our high-performance culture that thrives on collaboration. If you are up for the challenge we would love to hear from you!


What Rowan thinks...

Rowan Taylor From University of Reading Studying BA Business and Management Position Sales Analyst TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/GROUPESEB What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Relax, don’t rush and utilise the opportunity. My only real advice would be to simply research the role and the company beforehand and if you are lucky enough to get an interview make sure it’s a two-way process and be engaging.

What has been your biggest challenge? Creating a monthly sales predictor uncovering a rolling pattern, which I mathematically used to predict the best/ worst and most likely average sales outcome within 5%, thereby improving risk visibility.

How much responsibility do you have? One of the fantastic things about a placement with Groupe SEB is that every intern has a “proper role” in the company. From Account Management to presenting important data insights that are used across the business, I felt significant from day one.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? The amount of responsibility and diversity of roles I have been given over the year. Dealing with a major account in Nespresso Boutiques, to having the support and trust to change the way sales data was internally used and reported.

“I have felt hugely respected by my colleagues this year and that in turn created a great dynamic environment in which you can have a laugh but also want to work hard for the team.” What do you most enjoy about your role? Having a direct line of communication with the sales director and being given levels of trust and responsibility I wouldn’t expect from a placement. From category management in Tesco to promotional analysis, the diversity and exposure has been amazing.

What is the office atmosphere like? Professional yet fun, particularly from my experience in the sales team. I have felt hugely respected by my colleagues this year and that in turn created a great dynamic environment in which you can have a laugh but also want to work hard for the team. @RateMyPlacement Many thanks

to Groupe SEB for giving me not only

extensive exposure to their business but

for also making me an immensely valued member of the team. #Placement2017 #dreamteam #bestinternever #fact

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3rd Reviewed by 14 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Maths, Finance

Number of Vacancies:

20

Roles Recruiting Into: Actuarial Intern Locations: London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh Salary & Benefits: Highly competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Pred 2:1 in any subject. Also minimum English and Maths qualifications Application Process: Stage 1 - application form, Stage 2 - online test followed by situational judgment test, Stage 3 - telephone interview, Stage - 4 final interview fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/hymansrobertson

212 | RateMyPlacement.co.uk

We want to make working at Hymans the best job you will ever have – that might sound ambitious but that’s the goal. Our core values of being Straightforward – Partnering – Friendly and Confident are central to how we work and the Hymans culture, an environment that allows individuals to flourish whilst maintaining a strong team ethos. The teams at Hymans Robertson offer a broad range of pensions, benefits, investment and risk modelling consultancy, as well as exceptional support services for the rest of the firm. We have 4 offices across the UK in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Birmingham. Our Actuarial & Benefits teams specialise in everything to do with pensions and employee benefits. Our investment practice is a market leader in the UK and we advise many household name pension schemes. Risk Modelling Consultancy (RMC) is our newest practice and, as the title suggests, provides technical expertise and innovative financial risk management solutions to our clients.


What Sarah thinks...

Sarah King From Lancaster University Studying Mathematics (MSCi) Position Actuarial Student

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What was the interview process like? The assessment day I attended was a lot more relaxed than I expected, however, the process has now changed to a strengths-based interview instead of an assessment day. Everyone in the office was really friendly and tried to put you at ease. It felt more like a team building day than an assessment centre. My interviewers were very welcoming and I didn’t feel like I was under too much pressure. It was a great introduction to the firm and its values. How much responsibility do you have? Over the last year the amount of responsibility I have has varied at different points. If you offer to take responsibility for a particular piece of work then your colleagues are more than happy to support you in doing that. When you take ownership for pieces of work you feel more of a sense of achievement when it is completed.

“There are always opportunities to get involved in different pieces of work.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Be enthusiastic and interested. The role is very much what you make it so the more enthusiastic you are then the more you will get out of it. It would be quite easy to get into the routine of day-to-day

work and never go looking for the more interesting and rewarding aspects of the job, but it really pays off when you put the extra effort in to find the work that really interests you. What do you most enjoy about your role? The amount of variety to the work I do. I could spend a morning doing very detailed and technical calculations and then spend the afternoon writing reports or building a model in Excel. There are always opportunities to get involved in different pieces of work and you can end up working with people at all levels of the firm and in all the different departments. Describe your biggest achievement. Designing and setting up a model in Excel to calculate the factors for future calculations. It might not sound a huge achievement but the complications involved and the learning curve on different functions in Excel meant that it was hugely satisfying when it was completed.

@RateMyPlacement I had two really

great Summer Internships at Hymans

Robertson. You couldn’t ask for a better

group of people to work with and it gave me an insight into what a career with the firm could be like.

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2nd Reviewed by 3 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: IT

Number of Vacancies:

5

Roles Recruiting Into: Software Implementation, Software Development & IT Locations: Pease Pottage - near Gatwick Airport Salary & Benefits: £17,000 pa, free lunch & parking, 20 days holiday, relocation assistance

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1 in a related degree, Maths or Physics Application Process: Online Application and Assessment Day fb.me/lghthsjob @LGHTHS_ITjob www.rmp.gd/lighthouse

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Winners of the 2017 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards in the International Category, we are a specialist Software Development “Microsoft Gold Partner” Company using the latest technology in NET, C#, JavaScript and SQL Server to develop our globally recognised software product, Shopfloor-Online. ™ The software is a configurable solution used by manufacturers to increase efficiency and their customer satisfaction. We work in the automotive, food & beverage and packaging sectors with companies such as Nissan, Airbus, United Biscuits (pladis) and Toyota. Our aim is for our students to have the best possible experience during their time with us, placing them in a challenging environment in which they can take on responsibility and develop skills such as requirements gathering and project management, working on real projects with international customers. Past placement students agree that one of the best things about our placement programme is that they got to work in a positive and collaborative environment.


What Dharius thinks...

Dharius Robinson From The University of Kent Studying Computer Science with a year in industry Position Student Support Engineer TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/LIGHTHOUSE What was the interview process like? This was completed in stages; firstly, submission of my CV, secondly an online aptitude test which included technical coding problems and questions. Finally, an assessment day, which included two interviews, a general and technical, and group exercises. How much responsibility do you have? We are each assigned our own customers and are solely responsible for supporting them after our initial 7 weeks of training. Fairly daunting at first, but there is always help at hand to help ease you into the support role.

“Everyone is very friendly and social. Being in a shared office space means everyone is easy to talk to, if you need help or advice.� What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Come prepared for the assessment day. Make sure you are ready to present your skills and abilities. It is more important to show your ability to learn rather than just your technical knowledge. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I received support from all parts of the company, including the directors. As students, we are all treated equally, with

as much responsibility and opportunity as permanent employees. A very welcoming and fulfilling introduction into working life. What is the office atmosphere like? Everyone is very friendly and social. Being in a shared office space means everyone is easy to talk to, if you need help or advice. Anyone from the development team is only a Skype message away. What activities are there outside of work? Weekly drinks at a local pub after work on Fridays, as well as many other special occasion meals and events organised by the company. This included an annual Christmas party weekend away. How promising are the graduate prospects? Lighthouse is still expanding, with rapid growth since its inception. A lot of the workforce is actually made up of previous placement students. There is a lot of opportunity to return as a full-time employee. @RatemyPlacement Lighthouse

Systems treated me as an equal and gave me a very welcoming and fulfilling intro

to working life. With huge scope to return

as a full time employee. #LGHTHS_ITjob #working #wellknownbrands

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27th Reviewed by 6 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Pharmaceutical Healthcare

Number of Vacancies:

34

Roles Recruiting Into: Manufacturing & Quality, Supply Chain, HR, Marketing, Clinical, Medical, Business Analytics, Communications, IT, Procurement, and more. Locations: UK wide Salary & Benefits: £16,750 - £18,000 dependent on location

How to apply Entry Requirements: Working towards a 2:1 in any relevant degree Application Process: CV & Cover Letter, Online test, Phone Interview, Assessment Centre fb.me/msdcareers @msdcareers www.rmp.gd/msd

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For more than a century, MSD, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world. MSD in the UK offers a wide range of one-year industrial placement opportunities across the human and animal health markets, from manufacturing to business insights and marketing. Regardless of the department you are placed within, we give every individual the opportunity to understand the broader business and form networks across the organisation, as we believe this experience is invaluable. Your placement will include visits to our sites across the UK and will allow you to take real responsibility, working on critical business tasks alongside a passionate workforce. A placement with MSD equips you for the future through developing your transferable skills. Visit our website to find out more!


What Stefanie thinks...

Stefanie Leesha Kiew From University of Sheffield Studying BSc Biomedical Science Position Healthcare Services Placement Student TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/MSD What was the interview process like? The interview process involved various stages: online application, online numerical and verbal reasoning test, a telephone interview and a face-to-face interview at the head office. How much responsibility do you have? I was given huge responsibilities during my placement. My role was diverse and included tasks within Strategy, Marketing and Communications. I was involved in high profile projects allowing me to cross collaborate across my department and the business.

“There are many different personalities working in a large organisation, as a result I learned to effectively utilise different ways to engage with people in order to attain desired outcomes.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? What you give is what you get out of the role. Come into the role with an open mind and always be willing to learn. People across the organisation are very approachable. Hence, never be afraid to ask questions and put your very best into your work.

What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoy the diversity of the role. I could be spending a day working on spread sheets and another developing marketing materials. It was really exciting working in a department that delivers ‘beyond the pill’ solutions that aim to improve health outcomes. What has been your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge was communication. There are many different personalities working in a large organisation, as a result I learned to effectively utilise different ways to engage with people in order to attain desired outcomes. What is the office atmosphere like? The office has an open plan layout which makes conversation a lot easier. Everyone is very approachable and willing to take time out from their work to talk to you irrespective of hierarchy.

@RateMyPlacement I loved my

placement @MSDintheUK as it developed my business acumen and I gained strong transferable skills to set me up for the future.

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19th Reviewed by 8 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Banking

Number of Vacancies:

25

Roles Recruiting Into: Wide range of opportunities across Corporate & Investment Banking, Sales & Trading and Corporate Functions Locations: London Salary & Benefits: Competitive

How to apply Entry Requirements: Min. 300 UCAS points, min. 2:1 in any degree Application Process: Online application form, online tests, telephone interview, assessment centre fb.me/ @xx www.rmp.gd/mufg

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We are MUFG. With over 350 years of heritage and more than 140,000 employees in 50 countries, we’ve grown to become one of the top five banks in the world. Combining our global network and financial strength with a dedication to becoming the world’s most trusted financial group, we pride ourselves on exceeding client expectations and building long-term relationships. We support our clients and protect their interests with the highest levels of professionalism and expertise, while also serving society and fostering a sustainable vision for growth. We’re looking for ambitious, driven individuals to join our team, and help us to become the world’s most trusted financial group. With graduate schemes and internships available around the world, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best experts in the industry. For more information about our opportunities, our events and how to apply, please go to www.mufgcampus.com. And if you want a truly balanced view from our people, visit our blog.


What Rachael thinks...

Rachael Solway From Loughborough University Studying International Economics Bsc (Hons) Position Analyst (Capital Markets Group) TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/MUFG What was the interview process like? The internship interview process was daunting, but everyone I met throughout the recruitment day made me feel comfortable. There were challenging questions, but these were just to demonstrate your ability rather than catch you out. How much responsibility were you given? The internship was structured well and my rotations were very well suited. I was given responsibility from the outset which was great because you felt as though you were adding value immediately. Having responsibility can be stressful at the beginning, but communication is vital for you to succeed.

“The experience has exceeded my expectations in the form of exposure to senior management.� What advice would you give to someone applying for your role? Be communicative, determined and motivated. It is also important to stay humble and be a team player. What has been your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge has been my confidence; a new role can be

overwhelming for any new graduate. Asking for feedback, the good and the bad, ensures you settle in smoothly and feel more comfortable/confident in your own work. Where has your experience exceeded your expectations? The experience has exceeded my expectations in the form of exposure to senior management. As a 2nd year university student, you would never expect to sit down and have lunch with the CEO of a major investment bank within three weeks of starting! What did you most enjoy about your role? I enjoy many things about my role; I am able to work with many different teams and products, utilising my communication skills, providing analysis and following the market. Importantly, I feel like a valued member of the team; seeing your work being used in senior meetings is particularly rewarding.

@RateMyPlacement The programme

at MUFG has been invaluable; providing

daily opportunities, challenges & support to help me showcase my skills #rewarding

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16th Reviewed by 7 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Number of Technical, EngineerVacancies: ing & Scientific

10

Roles Recruiting Into: Engineering, Marketing Locations: Newbury (UK), Kista (Sweden), Woerden (Netherlands) Salary & Benefits: £16,000 p/annum, Relocation Assistance, Gym Membership/Subsidy, Life Assurance, 25 days’ Holiday, Environmental Allowance, Employee Events

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:2 degree in relevant discipline Application Process: Online Application, Tel. Interview, Technical Test, Assessment Centre fb.me/nationalinstruments @niukie www.rmp.gd/nationalinstruments

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For over 40 years, National Instruments (NI) has worked with engineers and scientists to provide answers to the most challenging questions. Through these pursuits, NI customers have brought hundreds of thousands of products to market, overcome innumerable technological roadblocks, and engineered a better life for us all. If you can turn it on, connect it, drive it, or launch it, chances are NI technology helped make it happen. We provide powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. From daily tasks to grand challenges, NI helps engineers and scientists overcome complexity to exceed even their own expectations. Customers in nearly every industry—from healthcare and automotive to consumer electronics and particle physics—use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve our world. We have worked on exciting projects such as the modernization of brake testing using Compact RIO and Deploying a Ground Fault Detection System in an Electricity Distribution Network.


What Sarah thinks...

Sarah Flanagan From Brunel University London Studying MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics Position Engineering Leadership Program – Applications Engineer

How much responsibility do you have? One of the things that sets NI apart from other placement opportunities is the level of responsibility you are given. From day one you are focussed on working directly with NI’s customers on solving their own technical challenges and engaging across other departments as well. I have spent time working with both the Marketing and Sales departments alongside my dayto-day role which demonstrates how NI trusts you to do a great job. What do you most enjoy about your role? I most enjoy how many new things I learn every single day. Because of the enormity of products that NI offers and the number of industries it resides in, there is never a day when you don’t hear something surprising or completely new. Things like this open your mind to the far reaches of engineering discovery.

“One of the things that sets NI apart from other placement opportunities is the level of responsibility you are given.” How has this experience exceeded your expectations? For me, it must be the opportunity I had to rotate into the Technical Sales department for 3 months to see what business is like from a seller’s perspective. This not only improved my

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knowledge on NI products and industry trends, but it also diversified my customer management portfolio and allowed me to exercise professional selling skills that I never knew I had! All this whilst still being heavily rooted in technical principals and the fundamentals of engineering. How promising are the graduate prospects? National Instruments are heavily involved in all the main engineering industries in some way and is therefore a very wellknown company- I think this is a big plus in future prospects. Additionally, the graduate prospects are improved by the nature of how NI trains its interns. We are expected at the end of our internship to have an excellent grounding in presentation skills, communication and adaptable customer support, alongside all the technical knowledge you gain. I think this gives NI’s interns many defining competencies in industry. @RateMyPlacement I loved my

placement at National Instruments. It taught me more than I thought I was capable of learning and the working environment is

so friendly and supportive. #industryinsight #thankyouNI

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24th Reviewed by 6 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Sales, Marketing, HR and Press

Number of Vacancies:

11

Roles Recruiting Into: Sales, Marketing, HR, Marketing Communications, Customer Service, Press, Aftersales Locations: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire Salary & Benefits: £18,000, car lease scheme, subsidised canteen, 25 days holiday

How to apply Entry Requirements: 300 UCAS points Application Process: Online application, telephone interview, SHL tests and assessment centre fb.me/NissanUK @xx www.rmp.gd/nissan

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We are Nissan and we make cars! But that’s only half the story. Here at Nissan Motor (GB) Limited, we are responsible for the Sales, Marketing and Distribution activities for Nissan cars along with commercial vehicles and services in the UK. Hardly surprisingly it’s such a fast-paced, exciting, creative place to work. We’re building a reputation as an innovative brand challenging convention in the automotive industry. As the driving force behind the sales of our global brand in the UK, ours is a commercially focused environment, with a working culture that’s demanding but equally open, friendly and rewarding. It’s this innovative approach that has led Nissan to secure some of the world’s most exciting sporting partnerships, including the UEFA Champions League coverage of the Premier League on Sky Sports and the International Cricket Council. We aim to challenge you and provide you with a rewarding and insightful year in the industry. We seek to give you an experience that you will relish and help prepare you for your future career, hopefully with Nissan!


What Molly thinks...

Molly Guy From University of Manchester Studying BSc Management (Marketing) Position Events and Retail Marketing Coordinator TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/NISSAN How much responsibility do you have? I have been given a great amount of responsibility. I was able to manage my own projects most notably the running of the Nissan Innovation Station at The O2, alongside organising and hosting reward evenings for 40 people including our Managing Director.

What has been your biggest challenge? It can be difficult working as part of two teams and with many different agencies. You will have varying tasks and projects at one time so need to be organised, able to multitask and prioritise in order to meet deadlines and expectations.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role? The most important part of my role is being able to present yourself and work well with others. You don’t need to know everything about marketing when you apply, just be willing to learn and be an active member of the team.

Describe your biggest achievement. My biggest achievement was the general overall management of the Nissan Innovation Station, specifically overseeing the refurbishment in November and exceeding our yearly Key Performance Indicator of 3.7% footfall and achieving 4.14%.

“You don’t need to know everything about marketing when you apply, just be willing to learn and be an active member of the team.”

What is the office atmosphere like? The atmosphere is incredibly friendly and vibrant as there is always a lot going on but everyone is there to help. Working in the Marketing Communications department you also get a good experience of the corporate head office and the agency offices.

What do you most enjoy about your role? My role is incredibly diverse, I enjoy working on different projects weekly with various teams across the business and agencies. Moreover working across two marketing disciplines has allowed me to develop a broad skillset.

@RateMyPlacement I have had the

best placement year at Nissan Motor GB.

The team were incredibly supportive and I

have been lucky enough to work on projects that allowed me to travel even to different countries #innovationthatexcites

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42nd Reviewed by 4 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: FMCG

Number of Vacancies:

9

Roles Recruiting Into: IT, Finance, Customer Marketing, Commercial, HR, Corporate Communications, Marketing, Digital Locations: London Salary & Benefits: £16,000, 25 days holiday, gym, travel loan, staff shop allowance

How to apply Entry Requirements: 2:1 degree, 300 UCAS points, availability to work for 12 months Application Process: Online Application, Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre instagr.am/PernodRicardUK @PernodRicardUK www.rmp.gd/pernodricard

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Pernod Ricard UK is part of Group Pernod Ricard - co-leader of the global Wines and Spirits industry. We are responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the Group’s leading premium spirits, wines and champagnes in the UK, including Jameson Irish Whiskey, Campo Viejo, Chivas Regal, Absolut Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Havana Club Rum, Malibu, Martell Cognac and Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Each year we look to recruit a number of undergraduates with flair and motivation to join our Bright Futures Placement Programme. The programme offers invaluable business experience gained through taking real responsibility for a meaningful role. In our world class organisation you’ll work with our portfolio of global brands in a really exciting, fun and sociable industry. Our people are our greatest assets and we have a fantastic team characterised by their commitment, creativity and innovation. Join us and bring your passion to a placement year with Pernod Ricard UK and we’ll certainly provide you with the opportunity to develop your career and become part of our global success story!


What Sarah thinks...

Sarah Hetherington From Nottingham Trent Studying Business Management and Marketing Position Corporate Communications Executive Intern

What was the interview process like? The process was challenging - telephone interview, assessment centre and final interview, however it gave me confidence that I was suitable for the role I had been selected for. How much responsibility do you have? I feel like I have a great deal of responsibility. I am given tasks and projects to manage, however I also feel comfortable in asking my team for help whenever needed. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Be confident in your abilities and focus on your experiences and how they will help you to excel in your role. I would advise students to research the company well and come with an understanding of the role you’re applying to.

“I felt proud when the project was completed and received positive feedback from co-workers.” What do you most enjoy about your role? Being involved in the preparation and running of company events and Corporate Sponsorship has been interesting! I’ve also really loved managing the corporate social media accounts such as Instagram and Twitter.

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WWW.RMP.GD/PERNODRICARD What has been your biggest challenge? At the beginning of the placement I wasn’t the most organised person, so managing priorities was difficult. However, throughout the year, with the help of my manager, my organisation skills have improved dramatically. Describe your biggest achievement. My biggest achievement was project managing the launch of our new employee intranet platform. I felt proud when the project was completed and received positive feedback from coworkers. How has this experience exceeded your expectations? The people I work with have been friendly and great. I would say at the start I underestimated how much everyone is happy to help in any situation. The people truly are ‘créateurs de convivialité.’

@RateMyPlacement My placement

at @PernodRicardUK gave me a great

understanding into the working world which

I’ll no doubt take forward with me at Uni and in my future career

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20th Reviewed by 4 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Automotive

Number of Vacancies:

10

Roles Recruiting Into: Commercial, IT, Parts Logistics, Finance, HR Locations: Coventry Salary & Benefits: £16,980 pa, employee car scheme, 26 days holiday, onsite gym, retail discounts, competitive stakeholder pension

How to apply Entry Requirements: Predicted 2:1, 5 GCSEs grade A-C incl. Maths and English Application Process: Online application, numerical & verbal testing, telephone interview and assessment centre fb.me/PSAGroupUKCareers @ www.rmp.gd/psa

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With three world-renowned brands, PSA Group sold over 3 million vehicles worldwide in 2016. The Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands each have distinct identities and market a broad range of vehicles that meets an even broader range of customer expectations. We are an award winning manufacturer and our accolades include the new Peugeot 3008 SUV winning Car of the Year 2017, our Grand C4 Picasso was given the title of ‘Best MPV’ in the Auto Express New Car Awards 2016 alongside our exciting ventures for our DS brand with Virgin Racing in Formula E. We have also just opened a new business unit called Free2Move-Lease which is a powerhouse in business vehicle leasing. Our strategy to success is based on the ‘Push to Pass’ plan – this opened a new chapter in the Group’s history. As well as setting out the strategic focuses and specific objectives, it represents the first steps towards achieving the Company’s vision, to be the most efficient car maker and the preferred mobility services provider worldwide. PSA Group is integrating the talent and passion of our people with cutting edge technology to ensure our success. This is the future we would like you to be part of.


What Olivia thinks...

Olivia Evans From University of Leeds Studying Management with Marketing Position Commercial Industrial Placement – CRM and Online Marketing

What was the application process like? It was really quick compared to other companies I applied to - it’s just an online form, phone interview and assessment day. I was offered the placement before Christmas, meaning I could focus on my exams and coursework for the rest of my second year. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Take every opportunity you can and if you see something you’d like to get involved with just ask! Also, don’t assume that your opinion doesn’t matter just because you’re new – your fresh perspective is really valued. How much responsibility do you have? You’re given responsibility pretty much from day one but you get plenty of support if you need it. I’ve definitely had more responsibility than friends at other companies and feel like I’ve learnt a lot more as a result.

“Everyone knows you’re here to learn and they really help you to have the most valuable experience possible.” What do you most enjoy about your role? I love how varied it is and how many things I can get involved with in the department. Everyone knows you’re here

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WWW.RMP.GD/PSA to learn and they really help you to have the most valuable experience possible. What is the office atmosphere like? The office is open plan so you get to know the people around you really well even if you don’t work directly with them. Everyone is really friendly and you’ll instantly feel welcome. What activities are there outside of work? The company puts on various events throughout the year, including the Christmas party and a Summer barbeque. There are also lots of things to do in Birmingham and Leamington Spa which are close by and London is only an hour away on the train. How promising are the graduate prospects? It was clear from the start that if you fit in well at the company and make a good impression then there could be an opportunity to come back when you graduate. @RateMyPlacement My year at

PSA Group has been great! I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in so

much and learnt loads whilst having fun #workhardplayhard #PSAmazing

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13th Reviewed by 4 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: IT

Number of Vacancies:

7

Roles Recruiting Into: Software Development, User Experience and Information Technology Locations: Cambridge, UK Salary & Benefits: £380 per week and free breakfast and lunch

How to apply Entry Requirements: Undergraduate studying for a relevant degree Application Process: Varies. Typically an assessment followed by an interview

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Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by 650,000 IT professionals working on the Microsoft data platform. Over 100,000 companies use our products, including 91% of the Fortune 100. Our philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable software which solves problems developers and database administrators face every day. Redgate is relaxed, informal and fun, yet will challenge you to do your best work. We’re passionate about the benefits of an agile approach, strong technical practices and learning from each other about what works and what doesn’t. We believe being an intern isn’t about watching people working, it’s about doing real work from day one, on things that make a real difference. You’ll be surrounded by people who are experts and care about what they do. They’ll show you the ropes, help you get stuck in, and ensure you make the most of your placement. Our philosophy of simplicity extends to our recruitment process. There are no application forms or assessment centres and you’ll be interviewed by the people you’ll work with.


8th Reviewed by 7 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Financial Services

Number of Vacancies:

6

Roles Recruiting Into: Audit, Business Tax, Forensic Services Locations: Nationwide Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary

How to apply Entry Requirements: 300 UCAS points and to be predicted 2:1 in any degree Application Process: Online Application, Assessment Centre and Interviews fb.me/ @SmithWilliamson www.rmp.gd/smithandwilliamson

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Smith & Williamson is a leading independently owned financial services firm combining an accountancy practice, investment management arm and a private bank. We provide award-winning services to individuals, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations. The breadth of services we offer as a firm is unparalleled and makes us unique in the industry. To provide the service our clients expect we know our trusted business advisers need an empowering and supportive work environment. With 13 UK offices and a global reach through membership of Nexia International, we’re big enough to be competitive. Yet our size means you’ll be part of a friendly, enthusiastic team – and get to know colleagues across the firm. Your career is our future. That’s why we are committed to developing trusted business advisers who can really fulfil our clients’ potential. Join us and you’ll see just why we can offer you everything you would expect from your career, but more.


What Sophie thinks...

Sophie Kelly From University of Durham Studying Biology and Chemistry Position Trainee in Business Tax

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What do you most enjoy about your role? I wanted to do something finance based that would still allow me to use the soft skills I developed while studying for my degree. Corporate tax caught my interest around the time I was applying because there was a lot about it in the news. Accountancy has a reputation for being separate from the world and, until I started looking into it, I hadn’t realised how connected it is to what’s happening in the media, in politics and in all businesses. The work changes a lot as each new budget is released; it’s never stagnant. It’s nice to know that you’re doing something that’s very relevant.

“My communication skills have definitely improved, given both the team environment and client-facing aspects of the job.” What was the interview process like? Due to the nature of the questions you have to answer, I found it very difficult to get my character across. At the same time, I was very aware of who I was up against and conscious that I needed to make an impression. As you get further along in the application process, you become more attached to whichever firm you’ve applied to, but it’s important not to let rejection hurt too much.

How much responsibility do you have? Each of our clients has a dedicated team working for them, typically made up of a trainee, manager and partner. As a first-year trainee I assist with the tax compliance process and also get involved with ad-hoc advisory projects. My responsibilities and involvement will increase in line with my level of experience. What’s great about Smith & Williamson is that our Business Tax department isn’t segregated, so I get to experience working for all types of clients and gain a real breadth of knowledge and training as a result. Describe your biggest achievement. My communication skills have definitely improved, given both the team environment and client-facing aspects of the job. Good communication with your manager is also essential because, as a trainee, you will need to ask for clarification and help. Time management is fundamental, especially during exam time as you need to be able to do your job while revising – you can’t let anything slip by the wayside. @RateMyPlacement the opportunities

I have gained at Smith & Williamson so

far are invaluable, and are really helping

me to develop and progress in my career! #greatexperience

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17th Reviewed by 4 students

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What you need to know Industry Focus: Fashion & Home Retailer

Number of Vacancies:

20+

Roles Recruiting Into: Merchandising & Buying, Finance, Marketing, Product Development Locations: Watford, UK Salary & Benefits: All found on our website

How to apply Entry Requirements: N/A Application Process: To apply, please submit your application via our website fb.me/TJXEuropeEarlyCareers @TKMaxx_UK www.rmp.gd/tjx

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Hello, we’re TJX Europe. Who? You might ask. But that’s OK, because while you might not have heard of us, you’ve probably heard of our brands – TK Maxx and Homesense. What you probably don’t know is that we’re part of the world’s leading offprice apparel and home fashions retailer – TJX Companies, Inc. In 2016 it all added up to an annual turnover of £33.2 billion.* But we don’t want to stop there. We’re excited about our opportunities for the future and confident in our ability to grow to be a $40 billion plus company. We launched TK Maxx in Europe in 1994 followed by Homesense in 2008. The stores quickly became market leaders in a number of European countries. We now have 547 stores* across Europe as well as a successful online retail business. We’re growing at a fantastic pace globally and TJX Europe is one of our key channels for growth. This all makes TJX Europe the perfect place to launch your career. *Fiscal year ending January 30, 2017


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Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Marketing & Sales

Number of Vacancies:

10

Roles Recruiting Into: Various business-related roles, including Marketing, Social Media, Finance & Press/PR Locations: Epsom, Surrey Salary & Benefits: £17,500, 25 days hols, car scheme, on-site gym, sport/social club

How to apply Entry Requirements: Undertaking student placement as part of undergraduate degree Application Process: Online application, CV & Cover letter, Ability Tests, Interview with line manager fb.me/toyotauk @ToyotaGB www.rmp.gd/toyota

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Join us, and make a real difference! We look after sales, marketing, after sales and customer relations nationwide for Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. As makers of the best-known hybrid car, the Prius, and new hydrogen-powered Mirai, we have a clear environmental vision. We work closely with Kew Gardens to make our site sustainable, bio-diverse and home to a range of native wildlife, whilst always looking for ways we can do even more. At our head office, near Epsom, Surrey, our team of c.400 people work to coordinate our main operations and support the national network of c.200 Toyota & 50 Lexus centres, as well as specialist fleet centres dealing exclusively with commercial customers. You will be doing work that directly impacts our success. Our students often say they did not expect to have so much responsibility – but they love it! We think it’s important to make the most of your placement – so if there’s a project or event that you are interested in, get involved!


What Hannah thinks...

Hannah Hart From Bournemouth University Studying BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing Position Placement Student, CSR & Environmental Affairs TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/TOYOTA What was the interview process like? The application process required an updated CV and covering letter, online psychometric test, and subsequent interview with your prospective manager. This was a very enjoyable process with great feedback and opportunities to ask questions throughout.

What do you most enjoy about your role? The aspect of my role that I have enjoyed the most is getting involved with our local community, supporting them with the great work they are doing for those in need and less-fortunate. It has been the most rewarding part of my role.

How much responsibility do you have? It was clear from the start that I didn’t need to worry about a lack of responsibility. Being entrusted to take ownership of projects and manage them in their entirety is something that I have thrived upon throughout my placement year.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I was concerned when starting my placement that I would feel like a “student”. This has not been the case at all, and I have been provided with many other opportunities to get involved in all aspects of the company.

“The office atmosphere has largely contributed to the enjoyment of my year. I was shocked at how friendly and supportive everyone is.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? The best advice that I would give to students applying for the role is to ensure they spend enough time checking their CVs and covering letters to ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.

What is the office atmosphere like? The office atmosphere has largely contributed to the enjoyment of my year. I was shocked at how friendly and supportive everyone is, even those in other departments. It’s a very fun place to work, with a healthy balance of hard work and laughter. @RateMyPlacement Fantastic

year at @ToyotaGB – I’ve learned so

much, had loads of fun & made great

connections. Hope I get the grad scheme!

#awesomeplacement #mycareerstartshere #abetterme #alwaysabetterway #amazinginmotion

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18th Reviewed by 6 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Technology

Number of Vacancies:

20

Roles Recruiting Into: Finance, HR, Data Analytics, Marketing, Strategy, IT Locations: Langley Salary & Benefits: £17,300, 25 days holiday, bonus plan, social club, healthcare and pension

How to apply Entry Requirements: Working towards a 2:1 or above in a relevant degree Application Process: Online application, telephone/video interview and assessment centre fb.me/TravelportGlobal @Travelport www.rmp.gd/travelport

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Travelport, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is the world’s only true Travel Commerce Platform. We are focused on providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry. With a presence in over 170 countries, our platform enables travel providers, travel agencies, corporations and developers to search, share, buy and sell travel. This increases profitability and drives commercial success for every customer in our B2B travel network. Our placement will challenge you and provide you with development opportunities to give you an insightful year within the industry. Our students are often amazed at how much responsibility they are given within the role and how their contributions can directly impact Travelport’s success. The collaborative and innovative environment will help to equip you with the essential components to kick start your career. Throughout the year you will participate in CSR activities and attend workshops & training sessions designed to grow your personal skills and business knowledge.


What Rhianna thinks...

Rhianna Harrison-Wood From University of Leicester Studying BSc Economics Position Finance Intern TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/TRAVELPORT What was the interview process like? The selection process included a CV, cover letter, a telephone interview and an assessment centre. The assessment centre included an Excel and a numerical test, a presentation and two interviews. The process was challenging but positive and rewarding. How much responsibility do you have? I have been given a lot of responsibility, more than I ever imagined. I’ve taken ownership for testing and evaluating the effectiveness of the controls in finance processes such as Payroll and Purchase to Pay across all the regions. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Research the different roles available at Travelport as the roles have different responsibilities and experiences. This helps when answering the telephone interview questions and in the networking part of the assessment centre.

“The office atmosphere is extremely friendly and welcoming.” What do you most enjoy about your role? As part of the Finance team that tests all the finance processes which covers departments such as Account Payables, Tax, Controllership, and Treasury, I get

an insight in to a variety of departments. I also enjoy analysing and dissecting the information given. What has been your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge was the year-end phase of testing. This phase is where we must complete testing of all the finance controls before a set deadline. This involved testing numerous controls every week. What is the office atmosphere like? The office atmosphere is extremely friendly and welcoming. Everyone is willing to help or answer any questions and it is easy to start a conversation with anyone and everyone. What activities are there outside of work? Activities outside of work include events run by the social club such as theatre trips and a Summer boat party. There are intern social activities such as rounders to get to know each other when you arrive and there is a football team that play weekly. @RateMyPlacement My time at

Travelport has been challenging, but also very rewarding. It has given me a great insight into my future career prospects within the finance sector. #motivation #enjoyedit

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1st Reviewed by 7 students

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Number of Travel and Tourism; Business Studies Vacancies:

8

Roles Recruiting Into: Commercial (Product Planning & Trading), Cruise, E-Commerce and Crystal Ski. Locations: Bedfordshire Salary & Benefits: £17,000, 20 days holiday, travel benefits, gym discount & Graduate employment opportunities.

How to apply Entry Requirements: 300 UCAS points Application Process: Online Application, Numerical Test, Telephone Interview and Assessment Centre. fb.me/TUIUKPlacement @TUIUK_Placement www.rmp.gd/tui

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TUI UK & Ireland is part of TUI Group, the world’s number one integrated tourism business operating in 180 countries worldwide. As well as being a market leader with some of the most well-known holiday brands (including Crystal Ski and First Choice), we’re a FTSE 100 company which means we have to make sure we’re always one step ahead of competition. What to expect from an award-winning Placement Scheme with us? You’ll be joining our Head Office, which is conveniently located near to London Luton Airport. Working in the travel industry is exciting and dynamic and our office environment reflects this perfectly. Our Placement students often comment on the culture within TUI; everyone here is hugely passionate about our products and we work together to deliver exceptional travel experiences to our customers. This creates a real buzz and excitement in the office- after all, what product is more exciting to work with than a holiday? It goes without saying that we think our Placement Scheme is one of the best. And we’re pleased to say that we’re not alone.


What Lucy thinks...

Lucy Etheridge From University of Leeds Studying BA Management Position Cruise Trading Assistant TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/TUI What was the interview process like? Both the telephone interview and the interview at the assessment centre were very friendly and relaxed. As with any interview, when giving examples of skills, it’s important to explain exactly what your role was and what you’ve learnt from it. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Be genuine throughout the process, as it’s equally about seeing if the company is right for you as well as you being right for the company. The assessment is there to do just that so if you’re passionate about travel, just be yourself and relax!

“Seeing the impact of any decisions I make pay off is really rewarding, especially as I hold such a high level of accountability for a wide range of areas.” What do you most enjoy about your role? Seeing the impact of any decisions I make pay off is really rewarding, especially as I hold such a high level of accountability for a wide range of areas. It’s also been very exciting being part of the rebrand project, moving from Thomson to TUI!

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I wasn’t expecting to be given the same responsibility as everyone else. The support and development opportunities have been amazing throughout the year and I think it has been far more social than I expected. What has been your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge was having to quickly learn the various phrases and terminology used around the office to describe all the different areas. There is plenty of support to help with this and you soon get your head around all the acronyms. How promising are the graduate prospects? TUI offers various Graduate Schemes which you can apply for. There’s also opportunities to come back into a permanent role in the business, both of which you can secure before you’ve even finished your placement, meaning more time to focus on final year. @RateMyPlacement My year at

TUI has been truly unforgettable. The

experience has been invaluable and l’ve met so many amazing people along the

way. Couldn’t ask for a better placement year! #bestplacement

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THE TOP 10 SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED UNDERGRADUATE EMPLOYERS 2017 - 2018 On the following pages you will find information about the Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employers (SMEs) that were shortlisted at the 2017 National Undergraduate Employability Awards.

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Borro Egress Software Technologies Golfbreaks.com Magpie ProspectSoft Ltd Sparx Supreme Creations Tekever TLC Marketing Whym

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"It's wonderful to see the Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employers expanding. Work experience available with SME's can provide more entrepreneurial opportunities to students which is often very different to those with larger corporates" Ali Lindsay, Co-founder, RMPENTERPRISE

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FINALIST

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Travel & Tourism, Sports, Leisure

Number of Vacancies:

22

Roles Recruiting Into: Sales, Customer Service, Finance, IT & Marketing Locations: Windsor, Berkshire Salary & Benefits: Competitive Salary, 20 days holiday + bank holidays, Company Social Events & Venue Visits

How to apply Entry Requirements: Committed, enthusiastic team players with a real desire to ‘make a difference’. Application Process: CV & Cover Letter, Telephone Interview & Assessment Day interview fb.me/xx fb.me/gbcareers @xx @golfbreaks www.rmp.gd/xx www.rmp.gd/golfbreaks

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Golfbreaks.com was formed in 1998 by Chief Executive, Andrew Stanley, and is Europe’s specialist golf travel company, organising golf breaks for more than 200,000 golfers each year at over 2,000 resorts and courses in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. We have 150 staff based at our global head office in Windsor, Berkshire we also have offices in the USA and Denmark. We pride ourselves on our commitment to developing our employees and have been accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard since 2012. We were also voted as the Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer at The National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2016. As a medium sized business, we offer students direct exposure to all aspects of the company, providing opportunities to gain advice and learn skills from experienced members of staff. This makes it the perfect environment for a student to thrive and return to university with invaluable experience. Historically 25% of students who excelled on their placement year, returned to permanent positions upon graduation.


What Spencer thinks...

Spencer Mallinson From Northumbria University Studying Business Studies with Finance Position Finance Assistant TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/GOLFBREAKS WWW.RMP.GD/xx What was the interview process like? In comparison to other placement interviews, Golfbreaks.com was far better. The easy going office environment allowed me to relax quickly into the interview process, which involved both formal and informal interviews with the management team. What advice would you give to students applying for your role? Students should review the job responsibilities and thoroughly research the company before the interview process. You are made to feel very at ease throughout the process so it is a great time to ask any questions you have too.

“This year has not only provided me with experience but also a clear insight into the role I would like in the future.” What do you most enjoy about your role? I enjoy working on supplier statements and resolving issues, which allows me to talk to people in other teams and external suppliers. With this placement you can actually see the results of your hard work which is really rewarding.

What has been your biggest challenge? The biggest challenge I have faced during my time at Golfbreaks.com was adapting to the working lifestyle from the university lifestyle. However with over 20 other placement students in the same position we quickly settled into working life! How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I didn’t expect to find a placement that would give me so much responsibility and opportunities to learn. It’s also given me the chance to understand what working in an office environment is like. I couldn’t recommend the placement enough! How promising are the graduate prospects? This year has not only provided me with experience but also a clear insight into the role I would like in the future. Golfbreaks often take back a number of placement students as graduates which is an exciting prospect too. @RateMyPlacement What a year!

Better than I ever imagined - the people, the job and the experience has been incredible #wishicoulddoitagain.

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WINNER

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Software, CRM & eCommerce

Number of Vacancies:

12

Roles Recruiting Into: Marketing, New Biz Sales, Customer Success, Solutions/Web Developer, Technical Support Locations: Stokenchurch (Buckinghamshire) Salary & Benefits: £16,900 (13 months), 21 days holiday + bank holidays

How to apply Entry Requirements: 280 UCAS points, predicted 2:1 Application Process: CV & Cover Letter (test for Technical), Telephone Interview, Assessment Centre fb.me/ProspectSoftPlacements @ps_placements www.rmp.gd/prospectsoft

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Founded in 2000, ProspectSoft is a UK-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and eCommerce Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company. We help SME businesses improve the efficiency of their CRM or eCommerce systems by delivering highly integrated solutions. In many businesses, valuable customer information is locked away inside their accounting systems. At ProspectSoft we have created software which can be integrated into all the major accounting software packages, such as Exchequer, Sage, Pegasus and Access, enabling our customers to extract valuable customer information and make it accessible to the rest of the business. What we do is possible because of the expertise and experience of our team of professionals who strive to deliver the best possible solutions and customer service. The company is an award-winning employer (five-time winner of ‘Best SME Undergraduate Employer’ at the NUE Awards!), but we know that we are only as good as our people, which is why we invest heavily in recruiting, training and developing amazing people.


What Emily thinks...

Emily Scott From University of Birmingham Studying Business Management Position Customer Success Assistant TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/PROSPECTSOFT What was the application process like? With an email to submit my CV & Cover Letter, followed by a call to say I’d got through to the interview, it was very straightforward. This year, ProspectSoft changed the process so you can now apply online, which makes it even easier to keep track of.

How much responsibility do you have? A lot more than anticipated! I’m the main point of contact for many of our customers. I also did the recruitment for next year’s technical placements, a massive responsibility, as placements are the company’s main source of recruitment.

What was the interview process like? The process pre-interview and the interview itself felt more personal than other companies I’d applied to – I think due to it being a smaller company. It was easy to book a time for the interview and they made me feel comfortable during the interview.

What do you most enjoy about your role? The people at ProspectSoft are an amazing part, but I also enjoyed how varied my role was. You’re able to get involved in customer service, sales, projects, and extra things like recruitment, websites and marketing.

“Working at ProspectSoft has completely exceeded my expectations in every aspect of working life.” What advice would you give to students applying for your role? I would advise, during the interview process, to come out of your shell and show your true personality. ProspectSoft wants people to feel like they belong and the interview stage gives you a chance to make an impression.

What has been your biggest challenge? Improving my sales skills was a big challenge. When trying to close deals with customers, it can sometimes take some persuasion. At first, I lacked confidence in this, but I think I’ve definitely improved, helping me to get some great deals! @RateMyPlacement My 13-month

placement year at @PS_Placements has been the best! I was challenged,

given lots of responsibility and took on

different opportunities across the company. I also made some really good friends! #dontmakemeleave

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FINALIST

Opportunities available Placement Years

Summer Internships

Short-term Insights

What you need to know Industry Focus: Education Technology

Number of Vacancies:

6

Roles Recruiting Into: Content Science, Data Science and Software Development Locations: Exeter, Devon, UK Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary, accommodation, gym & lunch included

How to apply Entry Requirements: Minimum 2:1 in computer science, maths or sciences Application Process: Online application, online assessments, video interview, up to two assessment days fb.me/ @ www.rmp.gd/sparx

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Sparx is a cutting-edge and researchbased educational technology company. We’re using technology, data and real world classroom observation to investigate scientifically the way young people learn. Our intelligent technology platform is an extensible, data-driven, web and mobile framework. Designed for the classroom, it delivers truly adaptive mathematics lessons. School children can learn at their own pace, using tailored questions and tutorials to help them reach their full potential. Each task generates data about how they’re learning and teachers can see at a glance how the class are doing, focusing their attention where it’s needed most. Back at Sparx HQ, we run trials, explore what works and analyse the data that we capture in every lesson and each piece of homework. Our team of data scientists, developers and content scientists use these insights to drive the development of new questions, games and incentives, all tailored to increase the students’ understanding and to help us deliver better, more effective lessons every time.


What Humphrey thinks...

Humphrey Shotton From University of Exeter Studying BSc Computer Science Position Software Developer TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

WWW.RMP.GD/SPARX How much responsibility do you have? I was fully integrated into the development team, working with the core codebase. Everything I have worked on will have an impact. Knowing I have implemented something that will have an effect on students’ engagement with maths is a great feeling.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? I didn’t expect to be as integrated into the company as I was. I really felt I was doing worthwhile work; the features I worked on were used in schools within weeks. I got on with everyone and it was great to be involved in all the events that Sparx held.

What do you most enjoy about your role? The friendliness of everyone at Sparx was one of the defining aspects of my internship. Everyone has a shared belief that they can make education better; I haven’t met one person who isn’t trying every day to contribute to that difference.

Describe your biggest achievement. Writing an iOS app from scratch, to help measure performance of the system. Having no experience in Objective-C or app development it was a steep learning curve. I was very happy with the result and it became a valuable tool.

“Everyone has a shared belief that they can make education better; I haven’t met one person who isn’t trying every day to contribute to that difference.” What is the office atmosphere like? The office has a fantastic atmosphere and everyone is massively friendly and knowledgeable. Getting a summer internship at Sparx is one of the best opportunities I have ever had; there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t looked forward to coming into work.

How promising are the graduate prospects? The graduate prospects are fantastic. I was fortunate to have been offered a graduate job in the development team, which I gladly accepted. I joined as a graduate developer in 2016 and have not looked back since! @RateMyPlacement My internship at

Sparx was an unforgettable experience at a truly unique company. I learnt so

much and met loads of great people. So

happy to be back as a graduate developer! #areyouupforthechallenge

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