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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here is our list of Frequently Asked Questions that crop up every year; take a look for further advice and guidance

If your question is still not answered below, please contact us

What is the Placement Recruitment Cycle?

There are two stages to placement recruitment:

October – January

Multi-national online recruitment. These employers recruit under-graduate (approx 100 – 150), graduate (approx 50 – 100) and summer interns (approx 50). These types of employers are predominantly based in the South East/South West, and offer a wide variety of business related placements.

Please note: although these employers advertise early, it does not mean they are the higher standard placement. Placements stay of a consistently high standard throughout the year.

January – August

SME’s, large and multi-national recruitment. Recruitment will open up more widely to the North/West during this period.

When Should a Student Start Applying for Placements?

Depending on their choice of placement location many students will start their placement search immediately. However, students should not panic if they are looking for North West placements as they will probably not start applying for placements until January onwards. However, all students need to be pro-active, and need to engage with the placement team through the placement hub and 1-2-1 appointments, and actively research.

We always encourage students to be open minded about their placement search, and not be frightened about re-locating if they were successful. As multi-national employers recruit high numbers of placement students, they will provide students with a strong support system. Students should always give themselves the opportunity to apply to as many placements as possible to assess where there application will take them.

It is really important that students stay focussed with their placement search, and not make comparisons regarding their peers.

Who is the best employer to work for?

Students should consider all business sizes and not be driven purely by a brand name, always encourage students to look at the role and what it has to offer, as well as the company name. Large multi-national employers can offer further benefits such as graduate schemes, and students should consider this when applying for under-graduate placements. However, SME’s can provide student’s with wider learning experiences, and some (not all) may even make job offers prior to the student returning to their final year studies. Also, local SME’s may offer part-time work to students to support their final year studies.

What types of placements can I apply for?

Unless stated by the employer, students can apply to all types of placement opportunities. However, applicants must always consider their suitability and a genuine interest in the sector prior to

I want to stay local, will I be able to find anything

The majority of students find placements within the North West region but you can do a placement wherever you want. London and Yorkshire are popular destinations within the UK. Others like to travel abroad and do their placement in another country. The graph below demonstrates where our students undertake their placements.

Pie Chart

How much should I expect to be paid?

Whilst out on placement you can expect to be paid between £12,000 - £16,500 by your employer, depending on what type of role you get and where you will based.

What is the cost of my Tuition Fees to MMU whilst on placement?

Students who undertake a placement year will pay a reduced tuition fee. For the 2015/16 academic year, students will have to pay £680*.

You can still claim your student loan, but you will not be entitled to an MMU bursary.

* Fees are correct at the time of going to press but may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of enrolment.

How do employers recruit students into their placements?

Online applications – these should be taken very seriously and a high level of supporting evidence needs to be included. These types of applications are usually competency based. Some online applications may have specific requirements that students must always check before applying – these can include A level grades, UCAS points and predicted degree classifications. If a student does not meet this required criteria their application will automatically be declined.

Online Testing - psychometric testing will come in the form of numeracy, verbal reasoning and personality tests. Some employers will provide applicants with examples before completing the test for real, and students can practice online testing via SHL Direct (online website).

CV and cover letters – as above all students need to put in a high level of effort tailoring their CVs and all cover letter must be 100% personalised to the company and the role they are applying to. Generic CV and cover letters will not be well received by employers, and usually result in a rejection.

Telephone Interviews – Students can receive email fact sheet advice which we can provide via the Placement Hub or they can book themselves in for a 1-2-1 appointment. Try and provide email guidance first (we need to gauge Placement & Project Coordinator availability).

Assessment Centres - These can come in the form of full or half day assessment. They involve group participation where employers are assessing a number of competencies. Assessment Centres can also include group and individual presentations, group and individual tests, and formal interviews (45 minute – 1 hour+ in length). 1-2-1 appointments can be arranged with Placement & Project Coordinators, plus email guidance available.

Formal Interviews - These can be 45 minutes – 1½ hours in length, in the form of 1-2-1s, interview panel or informal interviews. 1-2-1 appointments can be arranged with Placement & Project Coordinators, plus email guidance available.

Group Interviews – Similar to the above but you will be interviewed as a group of candidates. 1-2-1 appointments can be arranged with Placement & Project Coordinators, plus email guidance available.

Second Stage Interviews – These are follow up interviews from assessment centres and formal interviews.