Navigation

Work placements

Article

Why do a work placement?

  • You can develop an array of personal and practical skills, which will be critical when you graduate.
  • They give you the chance to reflect on and refine your career goals.
  • They can bring a new dimension to your studies, enabling you to apply and evaluate classroom learning within the workplace.
  • You'll develop a useful network of contacts

How can Goldsmiths help?

Many of our courses offer work experience placements and we also run regular careers fairs and networking events where you'll be able to meet companies who may be able to offer placements.

Our Careers Service can also help. They have a list of contacts they can put you in touch with, and can also check your CV before you make your application.

Charlie Cooper

Photo of Charlie Cooper
"Without Goldsmiths I wouldn't be where I am today. I wouldn't be a journalist."

"The MA Journalism course really focused on the importance of placements alongside your studies as a way to break into the industry. I started by doing 2 weeks of work experience at the Independent and once I'd graduated, the contacts I'd made allowed me to get a full time job. I worked there as Whitehall correspondent and I'm now UK Political Correspondent for POLITICO.

Without Goldsmiths I wouldn't be where I am today. I wouldn't be a journalist. Goldsmiths really instills confidence in its students. You know that you've been trained properly and you've had the right values instiled in you so you can go out there and do a good job your way."

Autumn

Photo of Autumn
"My placement has lead to me being offered a full-time job"

I started using the Careers Service as part of the Gold Award. Through this I went to have a CV check, LinkedIn profile advice and even got to attend a Business and Enterprise event at the Google Campus that was really helpful. I’d never have the opportunity to do things like that without the Careers Service.

From there I got in contact with a member of the Careers team to help me find a placement. It was really quick and a great service. They helped me to find my placement working as a marketing intern with the British Quality Foundation.

I started at a good time and have been able to get involved with different projects like redesigning and branding the website. I’ve learned lots of new skills that have been able to help with my projects at university too.

I’ve now been offered a full-time job here as a marketing executive for once I’ve graduated. There’s no way I would have secured a graduate job during my final year without using the Careers Service and doing a work placement.

Related content