What is frontrunners?
Watch our videos to hear students talk about what
they enjoyed most, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. Frontrunners supervisors and a careers advisor also reveal what students
should look out for when applying for placements.
frontrunners is the University’s unique placement scheme which gives
students the opportunity to undertake challenging employment around campus
and develop the higher-level skills they need to compete for the best jobs.
The scheme is open to all University of Essex students, and offers paid,
There are two levels: frontrunners and frontrunners
Plus. Placements are between one and three terms long,
and up to 10 hours per week during term time; 20 hours
per week over the summer. frontrunners also supports
students in developing their ability to reflect on and
articulate the skills they have acquired. Many frontrunners
have gone on to work in specialist areas after graduation
which relate directly to their placement experience. Have a
look at our
success stories for further details.
Applications open for students
We are not currently advertising any frontrunners placements. Dates for the summer application round will be announced in due course.
Applications for staff
The deadline for staff to submit an application for a frontrunner to start in June/July for the summer vacation period is Monday 3 February at 12pm (noon).
“It goes without saying that the frontrunners placement has definitely made
me more employable, improved my CV, and my work experience. More
importantly, I have also realised what my strengths are and what I still
need to work on. I have acquired a set of skills I didn’t have, whilst
building on and developing my existing skills set.
“I would strongly recommend everyone to apply for a frontrunners placement,
as it is an excellent starting point towards a promising career.”