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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.

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By taking part, you can:

  • Be part of the competitive process where you will receive exclusive training and constructive feedback
  • Gain concise insight into a particular sector which may not be a traditional career path for your degree
  • Increase your employability prospects
  • Enhance and develop your commercial awareness and soft skills
  • Develop your confidence and resilience
  • Build a network of industry contacts
  • Project manage at an early stage whilst benefiting a company at the forefront of business
  • Get a supervision and mentoring during your Micro-Placement
  • Gain experience that will allow you to be able to stand out in applications and interviews for internships and graduate schemes
  • Do it over the summer so it is convenient for you.

What skills can you develop?

  • Project management
  • Written and oral communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time-management and multi-tasking
  • Leadership and working in a team
  • Business etiquette
  • Creative problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Strong work ethic
  • IT skills
  • Research skills
  • Numerical skills

When do Micro-Placements take place and how long are they?

Micro-Placements are between 3-5 weeks long and take place during the summer, between June and August 2019. You can also choose to do a full-time or part-time Micro-Placement which works according to your schedule. This is an ideal time to gain work experience as it will not interfere with your studies and is not a lengthy commitment!

Which students can apply?

First YearSecond Year
BSc Accounting & FinanceBSc Accounting & Finance
BSc Actuarial Science

BSc Psychology

BSc Sociology with Psychology

BSc Criminology and Psychology

BSc Mathematics

BSc Mathematics with Finance & Economics

BSc Mathematics & Finance

BSc Sociology

BSc Criminology

BSc Criminology and Sociology

BSc Media Communication and Sociology

BSc Psychology

BSc Sociology with Psychology

BSc Criminology and Psychology

BSc Politics

BSc International Politics

BSc International Political Economy

BSc International Politics and Sociology


BA English

 BA Music
 BSc Economics

I’m interested, what do I do now?

The Applications will open on Monday 8th October. You will be asked to fill out an Expression of Interest form on CareersHub by Monday 22nd October 2018.

Hear from your peer

The Micro-Placements Programme allowed me to gain professional experience without taking a year out. You can get exposure to a sector which perhaps you wouldn’t have thought about working in. I found it incredibly insightful to see how sustainability is tackled by a large-scale business.

BSc Psychology student

During my placement, I produced a detailed marketing strategy for a legal practice in two weeks. The very short time frame did not demotivate me. On contrary, it encouraged me to plan my work carefully and set daily targets which allowed me to complete the project on time. I have also improved my confidence when sharing my opinion and accepting constructive criticism.

BSc Accounting and Finance student

The Micro-Placements Programme helped me to understand the key stages of a recruitment process. I learnt how to tailor my CV and covering letter to best suit certain applications. Now, I know how to show that I can apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and solve practical problems.

BSc International Political Economy student

What is the Micro-Placements Programme?

Micro-Placements are short-term, convenient projects which focus on career exploration and you will complete a project at an employer’s office and essentially project manage.

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.

When do applications open?

The Applications will open on Monday 8th October 2018. You will be asked to fill out an Expression of Interest form on CareersHub by Monday 22nd October 2018.

How does the selection process for the Micro-Placement Programme look like?

This year, we built a brand new multi-stage selection process. It is based on recruitment processes used by international law firms, banks, consultancy firms and international NGO's.

We developed the following structure:

  1. Expression of Interest form
  2. Workshop* - CVs, Applications and interview guidance, Email etiquette, Personal branding and Linkedin
  3. Digital application submission
  4. Assessment Centre
  5. Panel Interview with academics and Careers Service staff
  6. Interviews with Host Organisations
  7. Final Pre-Placement Etiquette Webinar
  8. Micro-Placement.

*You will need to attend two mandatory workshops taking place in weeks beginning 29th October, 5th and 12th November 2018, prior to being eligible to apply.

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?

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application in the first week of January 2019. If you are successful, we will invite you to one of our Assessment Centres which will take place in the week commencing with 7th and 11th January 2019.

Will I get to choose what organisation I undertake my Micro-Placement at?

The choice is a mutual decision between you and a host organisation. If you are selected for an interview with an organisation you are required to attend. If you are successful in the interview, we expect you to accept the offer. If there is, however, a legitimate reason why you would like to reject an offer, we will allow it to happen only once and you will put back to the matching pool.

Will I be guaranteed my industry preference?

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 two 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.

How will I be supported on my Micro-Placement?

You will have a mentor or supervisor throughout your Micro-Placement. In case of any questions, the Micro-Placement Team is there to assist you.

What is expected of me on my Micro-Placement?

On Micro-Placement, you are expected to demonstrate a proactive approach to your project that shows commitment and enthusiasm.

Will I get a chance to meet my host organisation before the placement?

After you are successfully matched against a project, we will send your CV to the Host Organisation. If they are interested in your application the next step will be an interview. This may take a form of a face-to-face interview, Skype conference or a phone call and will determine whether you are succesful in securing the placement.

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?

As the academic term finished on July 31st, International Students who want to complete a Micro-Placement in June – July will be restricted to a part-time option of 20 hours (or however many hours are stated in your visa restrictions). If you would like to do your Micro-Placement in August, you will be able to do it on a part-time or full-time basis depending on your preferences.

Where can I get more information?

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