We provide students with peer-to-peer feedback of placements, internships and insights to help them find the right scheme, and the best employer to work for. Job opportunities are also advertised on the site, alongside careers advice to guide them through the application process.
In 2007, three undergraduates at Loughborough University, Ali Lindsay, Oliver Sidwell and Chris Wickson were looking for a placement. The placement officer directed them to a board hanging on the wall outside her office. An array of jobs were pinned untidily on the board, not sorted by employer or industry, with newer jobs pinned on top of old, covering half of the opportunities on offer. It was chaos!
With graduate jobs lined up, the boys went into full-time employment for the first time, but was this what they wanted?
How could they choose the right scheme to apply for from this mess? How could any undergraduate make an informed decision with so little information? Ali, Oli and Chris realised there was an information gap in the market.
It was this lightbulb moment that led them to set up a review platform, RateMyPlacement.co.uk - created by students, for students. A platform for students to read reviews on what it’s really like to do a placement or internship from those who had experienced it first hand - something that they had missed out on.
Eleven years later, RateMyPlacement attracts 2.6 million visitors annually. We advertised more than 1,500 jobs last year, and have recently surpassed 50,000 reviews, all submitted by students that completed undergraduate work experience.