"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..."
Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive, Sky 2010
Nearly all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing honours students can apply to do a one-year industrial placement between the second and third years of their degree.
"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills."
Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd
There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (eg a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs, mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility.
Read about Jake Berry's experiences during his placement as IT Intern for Global Mobile and Personal Telecoms at General Electric.
For further information please contact the Placements Team by telephone 020 8417 2969/2690 or email email@example.com.
Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles:
|Science-based placement employers||Science-based placement roles|
|Reckitt and Benckiser
Drug Control Centre
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd
Various local and international hospitals
|Engineering-based placement employers||Engineering-based placement roles|
|Analysis of aircraft structure
Construction resources specialist
Site engineer assistant
|Computing and IS based placement employers||Computing and IS based placement roles|
|Mathematics-based placement employers||Mathematics-based placement roles|
|Lloyds Banking Group
PAU Education, Spain
Name: Bhavit Shah
Course: Software Engineering BSc(Hons)
Placement company: Merrill Lynch
"I spent my sandwich placement at Merrill Lynch, working as an analyst developer for 15 months. I delivered a web-based application for the private banking sector of the firm, which automated several processes.
"I'm still in touch with my colleagues and it's great to know that the application I developed is still being used in more than 16 offices across Europe and the Middle East. I achieved a prestigious 'Spotlight Award' for my contribution to the company.
"The placement office at Kingston provided outstanding support when I was preparing for the placement. I still remember knocking on the office door several times a day, either to get my CV checked or to get updates on my job applications!
"Mock interviews also helped me to develop my interview skills. The staff's relentless efforts meant that I secured job offers from companies such as Microsoft as well as Merrill Lynch.
"The placement completely changed my views and learning style. Once I returned to Kingston for my final year, I started thinking about the practical implementation of each subject. My final year project was done for Merrill Lynch, which provided excellent project management skills."
Read more about what Bhavit is doing now in the After you graduate section and his experiences at Kingston in the What our students say section (where you can also read about fellow student Jeyaram Deivachandran's sandwich placement).
Graduate Jayesh Hirani is test-driving his business prowess with the launch of Safer Minicabs, a free app for smartphones. Find out more.