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Media arts and technology placements

The sectors of media, arts and technology offer a diverse range of exciting careers including broadcasting, film production, visual effects, animation, games development, software engineering and acoustic technologies.

Competition within these careers is high so undertaking a placement is extremely valuable to enhance your prospects. There is an increasing employer expectation for students to be proactive and to gain as much relevant industry experience as possible. Placements are an excellent way to build on your existing skill set, develop your confidence within work environments and establish relationships with potential future employers.

Research careers in media, arts and technology along with tips on gaining work experience within these areas, on the prospects website what can I do with my degree?

For a full list of online informative careers resources related to your degree and career ideas, visit the course focus pages in CareerBox (my course log in required) media and broadcast technology, computing, games and networking and writing, media, communication and performance (music, tv and film).

How can I find placement/work experience?

By registering on Solent Graduate Jobs you will have access to many exciting work and placement opportunities to enhance your CV and to help give you that competitive edge! You can also be proactive and contact employers of interest to source opportunities. For help with writing speculative letters for placement opportunities please see our cv and application guide.

Below you will find specific employer information relating to IT placements.

IT placements

1.2 million people work in information technology in the UK – around half work in IT companies and the others work in related industries such as manufacturing, finance, public sector and communications.

Graduates work in a range of areas, such as computer programming, computer consultancy, and gaming, data processing, telecommunications and web portals.  In the private sector, international companies like Cisco, Accenture, IBM, Microsoft, Logica and Infosys are the main graduate recruiters. 

Undertaking a placement enables you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace, helps to develop your professional experience and skills. Furthermore it greatly increases the likelihood of getting a graduate/managerial level job.  

For more information regarding a career in IT, please visit

Southampton Solent University (SSU) placement providers

SSU students have found placements at a range of large and small employers, including some of those listed below. Make a speculative application to any of these listed companies, asking about the possibility of having a placement with them. Tailor your CV and covering email/letter to the organisation and positively describe the skills, experience and knowledge you would bring to such a position. Remember to research the company and likely tasks and duties through their websites and the links.

Local previous placement providers for SSU students

SSU has built relationships with a range of regional and local organisations in Southampton. Investigate and approach these companies who have all employed SSU students in an IT related placement in the past. Send an email to one of the following companies explaining why you would like to undergo a placement and what you can offer to their company.

National placement providers

There are many national companies who promote placements within IT, including these placement roles and organisations in the list below:

  • HP – IT Assistant
  • Micro Nav Ltd – Software Engineering
  • ICT Solutions - Network Engineer
  • Intel - Information Systems Development
  • IBM - Software Design Developer
  • Transport for London – Quantity Surveying
  • GSK – IT Industrial
  • Cummins - Product Validation Engineering

Placement websites 

There are also a range of great sites to help you search for IT and gaming placements such as:

What IT graduates do

Obtaining a placement during your degree will give you a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry and increase your chances of achieving a graduate job. See below for some companies that employed SSU IT graduates. Use these for some ideas of places to contact.

  • Transactor Global Solutions - Software Developer
  • Anite Plc Group - IT Support Engineer
  • University of Portsmouth - IT Adviser
  • Ordnance Survey - Software Engineer
  • London School of Business - Desktop Support Technician
  • R.O.EYE Ltd - Web Manager
  • O’Neil’s – Business and IT Analyst
  • Harrap Computer Systems - ICT Support Officer
  • Next Generation IT - IT Engineer
  • MDI networks Ltd - Network Engineer
  • Alliance Systems - IT Network Technician        


For more placement websites, the Jobs and Work Experience section of CareerBox is a great place to start. Go to CareerBox  [myCourse login required]. 


Page last updated on Monday 9 May 2016 at 1.55pm.


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