Work placements - Your employability - University of Derby

Work placements

Work placements require you to work with external organisations

We recognise that in order to increase the chances of employment on completion of your degree, you must be given the opportunity to develop work-related skills.

You will carry out a work placement as a compulsory module in your second year. There is flexibility in how this can be organised to help you fit this into your schedule and enhance time management skills. You may complete it in a block or you could work for one or two days a week over an extended period. You could even find a work placement abroad, for example, working in Summer Camps in the USA.

If you're hoping to progress into teaching after your degree, you can find placements within local schools and those aspiring to work in sport science support have the opportunity, with our links, to compete for a placement with a high level team in the area. These placements tend to be competitive and form part of our internship programme.

Matt Lees completed his work experience at the Derbyshire Cricket Board.

"I worked as part of a team within the Derbyshire Cricket Board, primarily as a performance analyst on match days in collaboration with the Head of Development and under-17 coaches. The main skills I learnt were communication, professionalism, and application of the knowledge I have acquired from the undergraduate course."

Sofie Suckley completed her work experience with England Netball.

"From the practical side, I have been observing Loughborough Lightning training sessions, how Olivia Murphy coaches. I'm hoping to get involved in match day procedures and sky games, event management and the operational side of the Loughborough Lightning team. Working towards promoting Loughborough Lightning within the region - developing databases and communication and networking between different leagues and counties."