Level 5

Second/Penultimate year

Your second and penultimate year at LJMU is the perfect time to gain some relevant work experience to strengthen your CV before your busy final year. This will also help you to make the right decisions about your next steps after university and enable you to expand your professional network. Building on the groundwork undertaken in your first year, you can continue to work on your career planning and further develop your employability skills:

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Gaining relevant work experience

Explore internships, year-long placements and voluntary opportunities. Many employers offer summer internships aimed at second/penultimate-year students, and LJMU manages funded internships for L5 students every year. Year-long sandwich placements are most commonly advertised in areas like business, science, engineering, technology and the built environment, but some employers accept applications from students of any degree background. Sign up to Careers Zone 24/7 as well as websites like Prospects, Milkround, Targetjobs and Gradcracker, and also research vacancies on the websites of employers in your chosen sector.

CareerSmart: Experience

Complete the ‘CareerSmart: Experience’ e-learning module to find out more about the importance of gaining relevant experience. 

Careers research

Continue your research into possible career and postgraduate study options so you will be able to make targeted applications in your final year. This website and our career planning guides are both useful starting points. Also check out the job profiles and sector overviews on the Prospects website. 

Go international!

Consider gaining some international experience. The Erasmus programme funds work and study placements in EU countries, and LJMU’s Go Global fund provides financial assistance for current students to help set up your own project or activity in another country. In addition, the University is developing new partnerships with organisations and universities abroad to give you opportunities to attend international summer schools, academic exchanges or work placements. For further information, check the LJMU website or contact the Go Abroad Team on GoAbroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

How we can help:

  • The Careers Team organises a range of recruitment fairs and employer events throughout the academic year, where you can meet potential employers face-to-face and discuss available work experience opportunities. Check our event website for further information.
  • Sign up to our blog for useful careers information, event reviews and news updates. 
  • Selling your skills and existing experience effectively on your CV is essential to secure relevant internships or placements. Book an appointment with an Employability Adviser for a CV or application review by calling into your nearest Careers Zone or phoning us on 0151 231 2048/3719.
  • Attend any careers or employability sessions as part of your degree. Our Careers Advisers work closely with academic staff to plan and deliver workshops on career options and gaining relevant experience. If you would like to discuss your career plans with the link adviser for your course, come to one of the Careers Zones or call the Careers Team on 0151 231 2048/3719 to arrange a meeting.