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Placement case studies

Without taking this placement year, I would have been entering the working world with my eyes shut
BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

A placement year will develop your skills, enhance your CV, build your business-related network, enable you to make informed decisions about your future career, give you an opportunity to get a professional reference – and make you more employable when you graduate. Some of our students share their experiences of going on placement:

Venkatesh, MSc Supply Chain Management

Business Consultant placement at Cashaa Ltd. Currently, Founder and CEO of WharfStreetStrategies

"Placement plays a very important role in one’s career by teaching them how to implement what they have learnt by giving them a real-time experience. The biggest benefit was that this placement opened many doors for me as I outperformed my tasks and this was noticed by other business start-ups in the market.

"As I have learnt how to manage a firm in terms of operations, technology, marketing, staffing, management and strategies I am highly obliged to ARU for bestowing this opportunity onto me. Thus, this gave me an amazing experience by linking my studies and placement. I have currently started my firm WharfStreetStrategies as I always wanted to. ARU has been continuously assisting me and supporting me morally at every step to make this happen."

Harry, BSc (Hons) Business Management

Marketing intern at FibreGrid

"The fundamental reason I choose placement scheme was to gain valuable work experience in the area of business I have always had a passion for (marketing). I also hoped it would help me stand out from competition once I had graduated.

"I am genuinely quite surprised how many news skills I have learnt in my first six months and I can only see my continuing in this vain. Anyone who feels they maybe lack a bit of work experience on their CV, or maybe doesn’t have much of idea what area they would like to work in after graduation should go on a placement.

"Don’t worry about leaving friendship groups, you will make friends for life on a placement year!”

Antonio, BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Finance student placement at NHS Foundation Trust

“The placement year provides real-life experience which ultimately, helps to improve and learn new skills, build up a large professional network and serve as a guide to how your day will unfold once you have qualified. Most importantly, it can assist you in finding out if the role is right for you.

"I found the placement gave an advantage of experience over other graduates in the job market and I am grateful to NELFT (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) for giving me this opportunity.”

Vivian, MSc Supply Chain Management

Administrator and fundraiser at Shepreth Wildlife Park

“Though I anticipated my joining the team for my placement, I was relieved at the friendly welcome and adjusted quickly to the routine. My supervisor was always on ground to train me on each task which she confidently handed over to me to complete.

"Ultimately, my placement at the wild life conservation park was a fun challenge to have experienced.”

Kirran, BSc (Hons) International Business Management

VP Business at Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union

"My role as Vice President of the Students’ Union has taught me valuable lessons about what the wider world is like.

My time at ARU so far has improved my communication skills – making me into the person I am today. No matter what I do, or where I go moving forward, I have the dedicated, supportive, and brilliant staff within the Business School to thank."

Matt, BSc (Hons) Business Management and Human Resources

Sales Associate at Diebold Nixdorf

“Taking my placement year was one of the best decisions I have made during my time at Anglia Ruskin. I have learned a wide variety of lessons that I can now take back into my university life and into the business world afterwards. I have made good friends and contacts within the point of sale industry and I have gained a huge amount of confidence in my ability to perform top standard.

“During my placement I have gathered a lot more confidence in my ability to help businesses grow and expand my own position. I have gained so many qualities that not only support my degree, but my whole future.

“Without taking this placement year, I would have been entering the working world with my eyes shut.“

Hannah, BSc (Hons) Business Management

Merchandising admin assistant at New Look

“I wanted to harmonise both my business-focused mind and devotion to fashion. I hoped that a year of industry experience would demonstrate my abilities and determination to future employers and support me when transitioning from a classroom to a workplace environment.

This placement surpassed my expectations; the hands-on experience has allowed me to build marketable skills with a means of bridging the gap between where I have been, and where I intend to go.”


For further information or to discuss the placement option, please contact our Placements Team at [email protected]