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Work Placements for St Mary's students

‘Employability Services’ comprises accredited work placement modules designed and delivered by an academic team from the Centre for Workplace Learning (CWL), working alongside an extensive careers service delivered by qualified careers consultants. 

CWL offers a range of accredited academic modules, incorporating a period of work placement.  Our specialised modules include those focussing on Education, Business, Sport, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.  They are designed to enable you to develop your employability skills, to enhance professional practice as well as to build an understanding of the workplace.

Should you choose a workplace module, you will attend workshops, take part in creative challenges, work on virtual scenarios, undertake psychometric testing and practice your presentation techniques while gaining an understanding of how the theory you learn at university translates into practice as you undertake a placement alongside your studies.

Why do a work placement?

Taking a work placement module at St Mary's will enable you to gain practical experience which complements your degree studies and provides networking opportunities to help with gaining graduate employment. The focus of the modules is on developing your ability to reflect on and develop your own professional practice and gain an in-depth understanding of the graduate working environment.

Whatever subject you are studying, a placement will enhance your learning and help to prepare you for life after university.  Should you choose one of our modules, you may be able to undertake a placement in the Arts, in the media, in business, in a charity, in a school, in a tourist attraction, in a sports club or in government offices. There is no limit to the types of organisation that can offer a genuine learning experience and a chance to network, develop skills and get one step ahead on the career ladder.