How to apply
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities.
The application process
The Professional Training placement application process is highly competitive, however each year over a thousand students secure a placement. You are generally not placed by the University, and therefore have the freedom to make your own application choices. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. This approach provides you with invaluable preparation for the challenges of graduate job hunting.
There is thorough support and guidance given alongside access to a vacancy portal which hosts thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Beginning your search
You are encouraged to begin thinking about your placement from the moment you arrive in your first year. You will be prompted to reflect on the types of placement that will be suitable for you and what you want to achieve from the year.
Students begin submitting applications in their second year and there is an Employability and Careers Centre on campus which can help with all aspects of this as well as interview and assessment centre preparation.
There is a 12-month window in which to apply for and secure a placement.
Finding a placement
We advertise over a thousand placements on our careers portal, Surrey Pathfinder, and it is your choice who you apply to and how many applications you make. There is also the option of sourcing your own placement.
Supporting your application
Your school or department will provide a Senior Tutor for Professional Training. This is an academic member of staff with responsibility for delivering the Professional Training scheme, and supporting you at all stages of the journey. We also have a central team of Professional Training Administrators who work with you from the application process all the way through to the completion of the placement year.
There is also a wealth of online resources available to support you throughout this process, including our new interactive Professional Training module.
In addition to this comprehensive support network we have also introduced a Professional Training coaching scheme, enabling placement seeking students to connect with students who have returned from a successful placement year.
Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.