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The Micro-Placements Programme

The Micro-Placements Programme provides an opportunity for students to take on exciting projects and gain real life experience to enhance their core employability skills and explore different career options.

The Micro-Placement Programme offers opportunities for students who want to explore careers different from those traditionally associated with their degree. It is an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of London-based employers. The aim of the Programme is to give you a real-life exposure to the business environment and enhance your employability skills. The Micro-Placements will take place between June and August 2019 and will last from 3 to 5 weeks.

Am I eligible?

The Micro-Placements Programme is offered to students in following courses.

First Year Undergraduate

  • LLB Law
  • BSc Accounting & Finance
  • BSc Actuarial Science
  • BSc Mathematics
  • BSc Mathematics with Finance & Economics
  • BSc Mathematics & Finance
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Sociology with Psychology
  • BSc Criminology and Psychology

Second Year Undergraduate

  • LLB Law
  • BSc Accounting & Finance
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Sociology with Psychology
  • BSc Criminology and Psychology
  • BSc Sociology
  • BSc Criminology
  • BSc Criminology and Sociology
  • BSc Media Communication and Sociology
  • BSc Politics
  • BSc International Politics
  • BSc International Political Economy
  • BSc International Politics and Sociology
  • BA English
  • BMus Music
  • BSc Music, Sound and Technology
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Economics with Accounting
  • BSc Financial Economics

Postgraduate

  • LLM Law
  • BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course)
  • LPC (Legal Practice Course)

I’m interested, what do I do now?

If the Programme is offered to your course, you can start your journey in 3 simple steps:

  1. The Expression of Interest form will open on Monday 8th October on CareersHub. You have time until Monday 22nd October 2018 to complete the form. You can access the form here.

    In the form, we will ask you about your personal details, grades and availability. We will also test your understanding of Career exploration and ask why you think you are a suitable candidate.

  2. Once you submit the form, you will be invited to a mandatory MPP Workshop.

    The workshops are course-specific and will take place in weeks commencing 29th October, 5th and 12th November 2018. In the sessions, we will guide you through the selection process (applications and interviews), give you tips on creating a CV and tackle topics such as email etiquette, personal branding and LinkedIn presence.

  3. Only if you successfully complete steps 1 and 2, you will be allowed to apply for the Micro-Placements Programme selection process.
  4. We will send you a link allowing you to complete the application form. In the form, we will ask you to demonstrate employability skills and submit your CV. There will be resources available on Moodle to assist you.

How do I benefit from the Micro-Placements Programme?

  • You will be a part of the competitive selection process where you will receive exclusive training and constructive feedback
  • You can gain experience that will allow you to stand out in applications and interviews for internships and graduate schemes
  • You can increase your employability prospects as you gain concise insight into a sector which may not be a traditional career path for your degree
  • You will develop your confidence and resilience and enhance commercial awareness
  • The experience will enable you to build a network of industry contacts
  • Your host employer will closely supervise you and may offer mentoring during your Micro-Placement

What skills can I develop?

  • Written and oral communication
  • Time-management and multi-tasking
  • Leadership and working in a team
  • Business etiquette and interpersonal skills
  • Creative problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • IT, research and numerical skills

Frequently asked questions about the Micro-Placement programme

How long is the Micro-Placement?

Micro-Placements are three-five weeks long. You get the choice of how long you want to commit.

When and where will my Micro-Placement take place?

Micro-Placements take place between June and August 2019, after your exams. You will be placed with organisations based in Central and Greater London and your travel expenses will be covered by host organisations.

What types of projects could I work on?

Examples of projects our student worked on in the past include:

  • Chamber and Committee Team Assistance project with the House of Commons (public sector)
  • Sustainability project with Pinsent Masons LLP (law firm)
  • Premier League Marketing Campaign project with Sky UK (telecommunications company)
  • Human Resouces and Employee Engagement projects with Tata Consulting Services (information technology service)
  • Competition Analysis project with Salt-Water Sandals (retailer)
  • Data Protection Improvement and GDPR compliance project with Save the Children International (charity)
  • Customer Relations project with Hachette (publisher)
  • Marketing and Business Development projects with UK Study Centre (educational consultancy and private tuition)

How many hours will I be required to work per week?

This will depend on a specific Micro-Placement, but there are both full-time and part-time options available. We will ask you to indicate whether you are available full-time and part-time or part-time only in the Expression of Interest form.

Will my travel and lunch expenses be covered?

Yes, you will have all your lunch and travel expenses covered.

I have missed the deadline, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications after the deadline, due to the competitive nature of this programme.

What if I cannot attend a specific workshop?

If you cannot attend your allocated workshop, please let us know as soon as possible and we will try to accommodate you at another workshop subject to availability.

I did not submit an Expression of Interest form, can I still go to the workshops?

We believe learning is essential and therefore the workshop is open to all students in participating courses and year groups. If you have not submitted an Expression of Interest form you will still be allowed to attend the workshops but you will not be able to participate in the Micro-Placements Programme.

I did not attend the Workshop, can I still progress on the programme?

Attending the Workshops is mandatory and unfortunately, we are unable to progress students who failed to attend.

Can I book a mock interview before my MPP panel interview?

Yes, we encourage students to book mock interviews with the Careers Service Careers Advisors. You can book an appointment online here.

When will I hear back about the outcome of my application?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application in January 2019. If you are successful, we will invite you to one of our Assessment Centres.

Will I be guaranteed a Micro-Placement in one of the industries I indicated in the Expression of Interest form?

Whilst we make every effort to ensure that your Micro-Placement matches your preferences, we cannot guarantee it. We will, however, try and accommodate one of your three sector choices.

Throughout the selection process, we will be emphasising the importance of one of the main principles of the programme - Career Exploration. We will ensure that only students demonstrating a full understanding of the concept progress to the final stage.

If I have to re-sit exams, can I still do my Micro-Placement?

Unfortunately, some examination re-sits may clash with your Micro-Placement and in that case, you must forfeit your place.

I am an International Student, can I still do a Micro-Placement?

Yes, you can! As the number of hours you are allowed to work may be restricted by your visa, do not hesitate to contact the Micro-Placements Team for more guidance.

Where can I get more information?

if you couldn't find answers to your questions above, please feel free to email us at micro-placements@city.ac.uk