Year in Employment Scheme

The Year in Employment Scheme (YES) provides you with the opportunity to undertake a paid year in employment between your second and third year of study at Aberystwyth University. Employment can be with an organisation based in the UK or overseas. Participating in YES will allow you to gain valuable employment experience and to develop the transferable personal and professional skills that graduate employers are looking for in applicants.

What are the benefits of participating in YES?

Participating in YES is a rewarding and worthwhile experience both personally and professionally. The graduate job market is extremely competitive and you need more than just a degree to make you stand out from the crowd. Graduate recruiters are looking for applicants with not only good academic qualifications but also the transferable personal and professional skills which will enable them to succeed in the workplace. In addition to developing these important skills, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Make or test decisions about a chosen career path.
  • Work abroad and learn a new language.
  • Earn a salary.
  • Receive training which may count towards a professional qualification.
  • Secure the offer of a graduate job.
  • Gain confidence.
  • Meet new friends and network.

A YES placement can also have a positive impact on your academic work as it may give you the chance to:

  • Apply theories taught at university to real situations in the workplace.
  • Start research work for your final year dissertation.
  • Improve your final examination marks with the additional knowledge and skills acquired while on placement, e.g. time management, making presentations, working with others.

It's a good idea to talk to the Careers Service in the first instance to find out more about the Scheme. Some additional information is also provided below. You can drop in to our Students' Union office to see a Careers Consultant to discuss your options and ask any questions you may have. You can also find out more about sources of placement opportunities.  If you wish to proceed, you can register your interest in the Scheme (there is a brief form to complete - which you can download below). The Careers Service will then request permission from your Head of Department for you to take a year out.

Things to know about the Year in Employment Scheme (PDF)

Year in Employment Registration Form (.doc)

What next?

Having registered your interest in the Scheme, you can then start looking for placement opportunties. You may already have a placement in mind, which is great. If that's the case, it's a good idea to still see a Careers Consultant to have your application checked. If not, we'd also strongly recommend you see a Careers Consultant to have a look over your CV together. They can also help with covering letters, assessment centres, interview skills and lots more. We're here to help!

You can drop in to our office at the Students' Union to see us (no appointment necessary) or you can book an appointment with a Consultant by phoning (01970) 622378 or by visiting the office any time.

When should I start looking?

It's best to start looking for a placement as early as possible. Many opportunties are advertised from September and while it's true that recruitment activity is on-going throughout the year, building some early momentum will certainly stand you in good stead. Many of the larger organisations offering placements advertise and have deadlines before Christmas.

However, AberConnections is updated with new placement opportunities right until the end of the summer, and there's no deadline as such, but you'll want to have everything sorted by September.

I've found a placement! What now?

Firstly, congratulations! You need to fill in a Notification of Placement form (see below) so that we know where you're going. The placement will need to be approved be the Careers Service, but it's rare that we find any problems with placements. The completed Notification of Placement form should be emailed  to Gwen Adams, gwa3@aber.ac.uk, or you can drop off a hard copy at the AberCareers office in the Students’ Union, Penglais campus.

YES Notification of Placement Form