Searching for degrees in Surrey University, you must have seen this option that is called “Sandwich program”, which I had no idea what it was until they explained it to me.
When you come to university, not only should you be thinking about having the best experience during the time studying, but also about the skills, advantages and opportunities these years will provide to your further future. After the hard work on our modules, assignments and exams, the majority of the students want to see all this reflected in having the deserved job we are looking for. University of Surrey understands this, and wants to help each of the students to reach their goal.
The University of Surrey has an outstanding record for graduate Employability. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that 95.6 per cent of Surrey’s 2015 graduates were in work (or further education) six months after they graduated. On average, our graduate employment rate over the past five years is 95 per cent. This is clearly a result of the relentless focus its applied on it.
The Professional Training placements have a big effect on this. These were pioneered 60 years ago and we continue to be a world leader today. Regardless of the degree subject, almost all of its undergraduates have the opportunity to apply for it. Over the past five years, more than 2,300 partner organisations have worked with us to give the students valuable work placements in the UK and abroad.
As I am in my first year, I still cannot share any personal experience about the placement, but I have met a lot of students in their fourth year (who are just back from their placement) and they aways claim having had the best experience of their lives. It is an opportunity to learn a lot around the job and get the feeling of what actually working in a real company is, and gain skills for your own live and grow as a person. Summarising, a very enriching experience.
There is also a Employability and Careers centre in the university, in Stag Hill campus. They offer various different services including one-to-one careers guidance, employer presentations on campus, two annual careers fairs, skills workshops, online vacancy bulletins, careers talks, CV helps and practice interviews. Once again, they are ready to help every student interested on the service as part of of the University of Surrey experience, completely free of charge.
This focus on they have on the careers of the students in Surrey was definitely one of de main reasons why I chose to come here, as a big distinguishing from other universities. If you want to find out more about the students personal experiences or do a deeper research on this services offer, go to this link: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/careers. You will find plenty of information to dig into that will definitely mark a positive step towards choosing our university, where wonderful things happen!