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. You'll also 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.
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.
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.
The Department of Computer Science has a full-time dedicated Industrial Placement Manager, Luke Bryant, who will help you to prepare you for your year in industry, as well as helping you find a suitable placement.
Luke 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.
Luke 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.
Luke 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.
"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."
Luke Bryant, Industrial Placement Manager
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
I particularly liked the University’s links with industry. It is much easier to find a graduate job if you already have work experience.
Kyriacos Elias shares his experience on his year in industry with the Mercedes GP F1 Team.