The Business Experience Team (BET) is a dedicated team which is part of the University's Careers and Employability Service.
We provide professional employability advice and guidance to Westminster Business School undergraduate and postgraduate students, wishing to undertake work experience opportunities including one-year placements and short-term internships.
We build strong relationships with a diverse range of employers to ensure our students are given the best possible opportunity to showcase their skills and ensure our employers benefit from high-quality students.
Throughout the year we arrange different employability programmes exclusively for students at Westminster Business School.
BET run events such as, employability workshops, seminars, employer presentations, CV-writing guidance sessions and application clinics.
If you are studying an Undergraduate Business degree, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.
A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.
Benefits to students
Undertaking a placement year demonstrates maturity and experience that is sought after by employers. Statistically, you are much more likely to gain employment after you graduate, with a higher starting salary than those without placement experience.
Benefits that you can gain from a business placement year:
- Boost your graduate employability
- Experience the world of work and utilise this opportunity to test drive a career
- Develop real business skills and competencies
- Get paid while gaining invaluable experience
- Boost your CV
- Gain a 20 credit level 6 module
What our students say
I strongly recommend taking a sandwich year in order to put theory into practice, get out of your comfort zone and really develop yourself from a professional point of view
Vittorio Moroni, BA International Business, Product Marketing Assistant, Volkswagon Group UK
My placement year has been nothing short of amazing. I personally believe it has been beneficial in every single way
Amrit Dhami, BSc Business Economics, Regulatory Affairs Assistant, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe
My placement provided me with the necessary practical experience to really get the most from my degree
Inka Spragg, BSc Accounting, Audit Assistant, RSM Audit UK LLP
Where our students go
Some of the places our students have been to complete a placement or an internship:
|Allianz||Learning and Development Intern|
|Enterprise Rent-a-car||Management Trainee|
|ESPN Sports Media Ltd||Finance Intern|
|GE Oil & Gas||Financial Planning and Analysis Intern|
|House of Fraser||HR Administrator|
|LIDL UK||Management Trainee|
|McDonalds||Rotational Placement Scheme|
|NHS||Trainee Accountant/Finance Assistant|
|Siemens||Commercial and Finance Intern|
|The Walt Disney Company||Finance Intern|
|Universal Music Group||Finance Assistant|
|Volkswagen Group||L&D Coordinator|
|Warner Brothers||Marketing Intern, Creative Services Intern|
|Westminster Business School||Marketing Placement|
|Xerox||Procurement Support Executive|
Structure of your placement year
You will be supervised by an academic tutor as well as their line manager throughout the placement; ensuring you are adding value to the company as well as gaining the appropriate experience to add to your academic studies.
An interesting workplace project is undertaken in order to allow you to explore in depth the employing organisation and to demonstrate critical and intellectual skills to support your work with appropriate academic models and research. The Workplace Project will be deemed to be of value to the employing organisation either by tackling a current issue within the organisation or one that is relevant to the sector more broadly.
Choosing to take a placement year extends your degree to four years. The placement year is academically assessed as a 20 credit level 6 module and counts towards your final degree.
The length of your placement is normally 48–52 weeks and usually starts any time after your Year 2 exam results are released in the summer (June) onwards. The placement is full-time.
Contact the Business Experience Team
- Term-time opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
- Employability Hub opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am – 2pm
- Vacation Employability Hub opening hours: Monday – Thursday 12pm-2pm
Temporary closures may occur during the summer vacation – please contact us before you visit us
T: + 44 (0)20 3506 7179/ 7025/ 7027
E: [email protected]
Business Experience Team (BET)
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS