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How our professional work placements give our students the edge

Posted by. Brett Arnall
Posted on 20 February 2019

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Leeds Trinity University is renowned for our professional work placements – where all undergraduate students spend five or six weeks gaining real-life industry experience, during their first and second year study, as part of their degree. It's why so many students choose to attend our University, and why they are so employable when they graduate (or in many cases before they graduate).

One shining example, is 2017 Media graduate, Andrew Rowley, who took full advantage of his placement with ilk; an integrated marketing agency in Leeds.

During Andrew's final year, Andrew attended a presentation from Amy Airey, Associate Director of ilk.  After speaking with Amy and impressing her, he managed to secure a placement at the agency.

Just before he graduated, he applied for a job with ilk and was recruited as a PR Account Executive. One year later he was promoted to Senior Account Executive and six months after this he was again promoted, this time to Account Manager.

Andrew returned to campus earlier this month to speak to students taking a PR module as part of their course. He said:

"I handed my dissertation in on a Friday and then started full-time at ilk the following Monday."

"The job involves a great deal of juggling but the end product is always about quality over quantity. There is always something new to learn and I constantly need to adapt to changes. One example of this is the declining market of newspapers and the shift towards increasing social media engagement."

Andrew's boss Amy – who joined him on campus – spoke to the students about the evolution of PR from a traditional industry. She spoke highly of Andrew, and other graduates from Leeds Trinity:

"I would take those with hands-on experience every day. Others don't have the work experience under their belts that Leeds Trinity graduates possess."​

We're extremely proud of our reputation for producing highly employable graduates at Leeds Trinity, with 95% of our 2017 graduates in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017). Find out more about professional work placements.