Taking part in a placement as part of your degree is a great way to boost both your employability and your confidence. See below for our top reasons for doing a placement!


Life after university

Doing a placement will give you an idea of the type of thing you might like to do in the future. Whether you have a solid idea of what you’d like to do, or don’t know where to start, your placement will help you figure out what you do and don’t want. You’ll also get a better grasp of what it’s like in the world of work (read: it’s not as scary as you think!)

You can do it!

It might seem daunting to join a new environment, but you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve. From giving a presentation to forming a good working relationship with a colleague, you’ll come away knowing that you’re ready to tackle the working world!

Make some money

Whether it’s that dream holiday you’ve been planning, or just a little financial security, your placement will help you save the pennies.

Your job prospects

On placement, you’re bound to interact with new people, learn new skills, and even get to take on some responsibility. All of these are important things to tick of your employability to-do list – by the time you’ve finished, you’ll have amassed a wealth of experience to add to your job applications.


Whether you’ve got a placement or want to line one up, hear from some of Reading latest’s placement students here.

If you’d like to do a placement but need to transfer to a four year degree, it’s worth speaking to your department placement coordinator to explore your options.