Spending a year in industry is a great way to explore a potential career path. If you do well you might be offered a graduate position for after your degree.
Why take a year in industry?
- Explore a potential career path or industry sector
- Get hands on skills using interesting technologies
- Enhance employability through demonstrating a commitment to a career in a specific area
- Develop essential key skills for employment including; communication skills; team working; problem solving; time management and negotiation skills
- You will develop an awareness of commercial implications of projects.
Finding a placement
It is your responsibility to find a position, however students looking for an industrial placement will find the student careers helpful, with opportunities advertised through myAdvantage.
Some example companies where our students have spent intercalated years are:
- IBM at Warwick, Hursley, Portsmouth
- Barclays Capital
- Goldman Sachs
- PA Consulting
- Asidua at Solihull
- CISCO Systems
- ATOS at London
Approval of placement
Your placement must be approved by the Department, as we need to make sure that you will be doing relevant work- we wouldn't want you to spend the year making tea! We will also want to see that the pay that you receive will be adequate to support yourself for the year.
If you have any questions as to the suitability of your placement, then please contact the intercalated year coordinator, Dr Adam Chester (email@example.com)
We will also contact your proposed employer to ensure that they will ensure your health and safety throughout your pavement. A summary of this can be found in this pdf document .
To apply for a year in industry, you will need to complete the placement approval form (Download here).
The form will also allow to to transfer to a degree with intercalated year if you are not already registered for one.
After completing the form you should send it to Steven Shaw, Programmes Coordinator (Stephen.Shaw.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for applications is 31st August 2021.
During your intercalated year, the University charges a reduced fee; further information on the fees is available from the Academic Office website. If you wish to speak to someone about this in more detail, you can visit Student Reception in Senate House or email email@example.com.
Students who are supported by their Local Education Authority need to make sure they do not miss the LEA deadline for approval of funding, which may mean that they need to transfer to an Intercalated Year degree during the 1st term of the academic year preceding their year away.
If you experience difficulties during your year away which you would like to discuss with us, you can contact your personal tutor, the Intercalated Year Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, the SU Advice Centre or Student Support.
In order to qualify as an intercalated year, you must complete some assessment.
1. You need to submit a written report about your intercalated year activities. This needs to arrive at the department by Monday of Week 2, of the Autumn Term following your placement year. It should be approximately 1500 words long, plus appendices if needed and be sent by recorded delivery or by email, to Steve Shaw (Programme Coordinator).
Your intercalated year report should include details of (a) the work pursued/completed during the year, and (b) how you have benefited from the experience.
It is not necessary for you to provide a very detailed description of the work; particularly if the work was of a confidential or sensitive nature. However, you should provide sufficient information for the assessors to determine whether the work was relevant to your degree course. For example, the report should describe the area in which you worked, the tasks you had to complete, your responsibilities, the supervision/management arrangements, the level of support provided by the company, if you worked as an individual or as a member of a team, if you were able to apply the knowledge gained from the first two years of your course, if you attended any training course(s), any new technical skills you have learnt, etc.
How did you personally benefit from the intercalated year? For example, the report should describe if you learnt any new key/personal skills, if the experience was helpful in determining the direction of your future career, if you would consider applying for a graduate level position with the company, if you would recommend an intercalated year to other students, if you participated in any extra-curricular activities (e.g. university student recruitment, company social events), if you enjoyed the year, etc.
The report is intended to be free format and open-ended. Intercalated year placements vary enormously and therefore it is difficult for us to be prescriptive about the content of the report. Some past students have included appendices such as a diary, departmental structure diagram, etc. The choice is very much yours.
2. The member of staff who visited you whilst on placement will provide a short written report.
3. We will also ask your manager for a brief report on your work.
These assessment components will be considered by two members of the academic staff, to determine whether you have spent the intercalated year in a manner which is profitable, and relevant to your degree subject. If you pass this assessment, you will be eligible for a degree 'with Intercalated Year'.
Note that, for the purposes of weighting the marks for your whole degree, the "weighting" for the intercalated year is 0, i.e. your overall degree mark used to calculate your degree classification will only use the marks awarded in the non-intercalated years.
During your year away
The department will ask you to stay in touch in a variety of ways throughout your year away.
Please fill out a form with your contact details during your year away, which is available here.
While you are away, you will be required to complete a questionnaire at four different stages during the year. (Typically October, December, April, July).
You will be sent a link for the questionnaire by email.
If you have a placement with a company in the UK, we will seek to arrange at least one visit by an academic member of staff from the Department.
Returning to University
As you will be away for a year, there are some matters which will require your attention:
Selecting a project
You will need to find a project for the year when you come back. On returning from a year in industry, many students will choose a project aligned to their experiences. You can do this during your year away by browsing the project suggestions and contacting the relevant academic members of staff by email. In the case of 3rd year projects, you can alternatively find a supervisor and project before you depart. or further assistance, you can approach the project organisers Ranko Lazic (3rd Year) and Michael Gale (4th Year).
You will need to contact Warwick Accommodation to arrange accommodation for the year after - you will be able to contact them from term 1 during your year out. The deadline for applications is usually in November but check the Warwick Accommodation website in October. The telephone number for the Accommodation Office is +44 (0) 24 76523772.