Enhance your employability with a year in industry

All of our courses are available with a year in industry. This professional placement gives you the chance to prove yourself in a real workplace, and get paid for it!

Watch our video, which explains some of the reasons why we think a year in industry will help you to get a job when you graduate.

Paul Keeler, our dedicated Industrial Placement Manager, guides you through the whole process, and you'll hear from one of our students who took her year in industry with BAE Systems. One of the providers of our year in industry, YorkTest Laboratories Ltd, also gives their view of having a student with them for a year - and describes the benefits the student gets from their year in industry at YorkTest.

https://youtu.be/0SeyfCgti30

Overview

The work ethic and time management skills I picked up, combined with the perspective I gained from being in industry, allowed me to focus on a specific target for the rest of my degree. It undoubtedly helped me to get a better final result.

Undergraduate James Stovold

James Stovold
MEng Computer Systems and Software Engineering with a year in industry

Your year in industry is a great way to enhance your CV with experience in the workplace, try out a career field before you graduate, and put into practice what you have learnt in your degree in the real world. You will also be paid - our students earn a minimum of £15,000 for their placement year.

The placement takes place between the second and third years of your degree. It is a recognised part of your degree, and you can choose to take a year in industry with any of our courses.

Our dedicated Industrial Placement Manager will help you thoughout the process - including refining your CV, arranging interviews on campus, helping with your interview technique and looking after you whilst you are on your placement.

Examples of where our students go on placement include:

  • IBM
  • BAE Systems
  • BT
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Phillips Research
  • Mercedes GP Petronas
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Symantec

Check out the full list of placement provider companies

Our dedicated Industrial Placement Manager

Paul Keeler, Industrial Placements Coordinator for Computer Science

How we help you: our dedicated Industrial Placement Manager

The Department of Computer Science has a full-time dedicated Industrial Placement Manager, Paul Keeler, who will help you to prepare you for your year in industry, as well as helping you find a suitable placement.

Paul is always available to offer you advice and guidance. He offers you help and advice in writing your CV and getting the best out of web application techniques for graduate employment. He will also give you advice on interviewing and presenting.

Paul arranges for all the industry presentations and interviews to take place here in Computer Science, so there is no travelling or need to miss any teaching in order to secure your placement.

Paul is also there to make sure everything goes well when you are working in your year in industry, and will visit you in your workplace. He is always available for you to flag up any issues you may face.

"I have a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and my career path includes roles such as software programmer, software team leader, software project manager and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Assessor (a process improvement approach). While working in industry, I interviewed and recruited several hundred placement students and graduates. My experience means that I understand what companies are looking for in students who are looking to undertake a year in industry as part of their degree.

The year in industry is very important. For most students it is the start of their career, with approximately 40 per cent of those who take a year in industry being offered a permanent position from their placement provider after graduation. Placements also give the student an opportunity to assess their career path without damaging the look of their CV. Our academic staff tell me that they can see a marked improvement in the academic performance which often means students obtaining a higher degree level than previously expected. Students mature a great deal whilst on a placement, and most companies will prefer to recruit a graduate with good industrial experience."

Paul Keeler, Industrial Placement Manager

The benefits

I am expecting the year will improve my technical skills as well as my soft skills, such as time management and working in a team. I think it will also help me to decide if I want to pursue a career in industry or academia.

Undergraduate student Luiza Georgieva

Luiza Georgieva
BEng Computer Science with a year in industry

What are the benefits of taking a year in industry?

Our students often find that the invaluable experience of their year in industry enhances their academic study and improves their grades. Here are some of the benefits to choosing an industrial placement:

  • Students who take a year in industry usually improve their grades and academic performance for a better degree result;
  • You gain experience to boost your CV in the race for jobs;
  • You put into practice what you have learnt from your degree, as well as learning new skills;
  • You may get a job offer before you graduate from your placement organisation;
  • You will be paid for your year in industry, so you can start to pay off any student loans if you wish;
  • Students who take a year in industry often earn more after graduation than those who do not;
  • You will develop softer skills such as communication, problem solving and team work, as well as developing qualities such as independence, responsibility and pro-activeness - all looked for by employers.

Our placement companies give you the chance to gain real experience of working in industry - which will also help you decide what you want to do when you graduate.

Whilst we cannot guarantee to find students a placement, we do make every effort to find one for those students who wish to take a year in industry.

What you learn

York gave me the basis to pick up any programming language and knowledge of the engineering process. The placement gave me the opportunity to put this into practice.

Undergraduate student Ralph Eastwood

Ralph Eastwood
MEng Computer Systems and Software Engineering with a year in industry

What you will learn and how it will help your career

By the end of your year in industry, you will have picked up a number of important skills, all valued by employers, and be able to demonstrate these on your CV. A few examples include:

  • developing your communication skills, from working with people of different backgrounds and at different levels;
  • working well within a team, as well as under your own initiative;
  • problem solving;
  • planning your workload and working to deadlines;
  • applying technical information;
  • learn more about the industry and how businesses work.

Your year in industry will add work experience to your CV - showing potential employers how you have put your knowledge into practice, and developed the skills necessary for the workplace, such as working with others and developing your technical ability.

Fees

Fees for your year in industry

You'll pay a reduced tuition fee when you're on a year in industry. For more information, visit the University's fees and funding page. 

Undergraduate AI student Anastasija Anspoka

I particularly liked the University’s links with industry. It is much easier to find a graduate job if you already have work experience.

Anastasija Anspoka
MEng Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence and a year in industry

Picture of Kyriacos Elia, undergraduate student

A year in F1

Kyriacos Elias shares his experience on his year in industry with the Mercedes GP F1 Team.