Placements and industry links
Gain a competitive edge
With your integrated year abroad. This is one of the most exciting elements of our degree programmes, spent in one or two different countries. You’ll have the opportunity to experience living, working or studying overseas.
Expand your horizons
This horizon-expanding year is invaluable in intellectual, career and personal terms. It offers a period of intense immersion during which you will develop the kind of impressive language proficiency, intellectual maturity, resilience and self-reliance that sets you apart from other UK graduates. This year is offered at much reduced fees and is typically funded by the Erasmus exchange scheme.
Not only do our students frequently say it is the best year of their lives, they also develop the kind of sensitivity to cultural difference that is highly prized in the workplace.
“I spent my year abroad in Almeria, Spain, where I taught in a primary school as part of the British Council teaching assistantship scheme.Teaching was one of the best experiences of my life. To see kids as young as five learning English was an exhilarating feeling.
The friendships I made with the teachers were amazing and I’m still in regular contact with most of them.The laidback Spanish lifestyle is one you will get used to quickly, not to mention the wonderful weather!" – Roshni (Hispanic Studies)
Under the Micro-placements scheme, the Careers & Employability’s Placements Team at Royal Holloway is offering a limited number of short summer placements to interested second year CLC students.
The scheme includes the following:
- 3 x 1 hour workshops (autumn term) covering an introduction to the scheme and some ideas around different sectors/job types to consider, CVs and covering letters and interviews. The latter two of these are compulsory for those students who wish to participate
- Personalised written feedback on a CV and covering letter
- A 20-minute 1:1 interview to those students who are successful at the application stage (the number of students interviewed will depend on the number of applicants)
- For the four students who are the most successful at interview stage, the Placements Team will source a short placement in a relevant industry
- Students who are not sourced a placement are invited to attend a practical “DIY Toolkit” session where they are taken through a step-by-step process to find their own placement
For more information on the micro-placements scheme, please visit https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/students/jobs-careers/employability/placements.aspx
How do Students apply for the Scheme?
All second-year CLC students are invited to participate in a competitive selection process which has been designed to boost their employability skills. To find out more details about the application process, come along to the Intro to Placements presentation on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 2-3 pm, ARTS-G003.
If you have any questions, please drop an email to our Placements Officer Katharina at: Katharina.Grass@royalholloway.ac.uk
“I assisted several people in the editorial department with various tasks, and as a result had a very wide-ranging experience. These tasks included editorial-specific tasks, such as reading over and then producing reports. I was also tasked with producing research on authors of potentially published non-fiction books. In addition to completing these editorial tasks I was present at several editorial meetings. The placement allowed me to have a real insight into the industry, and the skills I learned and improved were specific and relevant for potential future employment in the publishing industry and similar sectors.”
Intern @ Atlantic Books
“Typical tasks of my placement included checking and responding to emails from clients, making sure calendars, sales figures and the budget was up to date, sitting in on sponsorship meetings and researching new potential sponsors calling VIP clients and processing bookings as well as planning future promotions of VIP events. The highlights were talking to different members of the Sales & Marketing team and finding out the responsibilities each role requires. It was nice speaking to more senior members of the team and how they have created their careers. I also really enjoyed sitting in on the sponsorship meetings as it was something I knew little about before. There was no low points, the team were friendly and helpful. They gave me a lot of responsibility and treated me like any other colleague.”
Intern @ Legoland Windsor Resort