Placement Ambassador – Charlotte Layton

Placement Ambassadors are Stage 3 students who have returned from a placement year.  They are happy to offer advice and guidance to stage 2 students looking for a placement. 

Why did you choose to do a one year commercial placement?

I chose to do a placement after hearing about a Postgraduate programme I wanted to do in New York, where it was required you had 12 months professional work experience to apply. It’s more in hindsight that I’ve realised how crucial it is to finding a grad job and getting started in your career, I often worried I wasn’t very employable with only a degree and a retail job on my CV.


Which company did you work for? What was your position? in London where I was a Finance Intern in the Commercial Finance team.


What was the highlight of your placement year?

The highlight was the people I met and connections I made. I was in an amazing team and we were very close in and outside of work, which I know will really help me in the future too. Throughout the year I saw how much of a small world it is in Commercial Finance, everyone moves between companies and always knows someone who knows someone! I also had the opportunity to present to the execs, which was terrifying but I felt amazing afterwards.


How has the placement experience helped your own development?

It’s really made me realise what areas are my personal strengths and how I can use them in my career. I also know so much more about Finance in general and more details about the different kinds of roles that I might be interested in, which has made me more ambitious.


What elements of the placement have been most useful in helping you move towards your careers goal? What is your career goal?

The most helpful elements have been seeing first hand the different roles available in a large Finance department, as I was unsure on what I wanted to. I’m still not certain on my career goal but I think that being a Finance Analyst would be a great way to start and qualify as an accountant. On the more technical side learning how to use excel and how to act professionally was also a massively valuable skill that I can use across any sector.



What advice would you give someone who was thinking about doing a commercial placement?

I really don’t think you would look back and regret it! I’ve never heard of anyone have a terrible experience. It’s a really good way to test what career you want to do for a year, it’s much easier to find out if its right for you before you get started as a graduate and will also save a lot of time when applying for grad jobs.

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