Posted by Conor ● 28 August 2018

Key Trends from RateMyPlacement Review Report 2018

What do students really think about their work experience? And what can you learn from students to improve your own schemes?

Our annual RateMyPlacement Review Report is now ready, revealing valuable and first-hand insight into what students think about the organisation of their scheme and the social opportunities provided to them.

The report is based on 4,897 reviews of placements, internships or insight schemes that were submitted by students on last year.

It reveals recent trends across scheme, gender, region, industry and role, as well as a comparison with the review data from 2016-17.


Below are some of the headline trends from the 2018/19 report:

The importance of culture

Last year, the sixth highest rated question talked about the general atmosphere during insight schemes. This year it's climbed up to the top place.

Culture is becoming increasingly important, and it seems that the company culture has come across really well to students from their short-term insights.

Students increasingly value their training and development

In 2016-17, one of the highest rated questions was ‘To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?’. This year it has been replaced by ‘To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?’

It demonstrates that students are valuing the training and development aspects of their role much more.

Cost of living still a concern for students

Last year, the question with the lowest score related to the cost of living and socialising in the area of internship or placement. It was the lowest for both genders! In 2017-18 it remains the lowest rated for males.

The cost of living is a big factor for students on their internships and placements, especially as salaries haven’t changed too much year-on-year.

Employers across the UK are constantly innovating their work experience schemes in order to attract quality candidates. What better way to help you do this than by finding out what students really think about their work experience.

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Topics: Undergraduate