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Placement Options - August 18th 2014, 09:23 PM

Hi Everyone,
So I'm an undergraduate studying on the EY degree programme at Lancaster University (UK). As part of it I have 18 months worth of placements with EY at an office in the UK.
Soon i will be asked whereabouts I want to work and I am stuck between two choices; Leeds (regional office closest to home) and London.

- Cheaper costs
- Possibility of very cheap rent (depends if it is viable to commute)
- Only person on the scheme (get to know a higher percentage of the office, would probably get more notice)
- Close to family and existing friends
- Watch local football team

- With a majority of the other students I study my degree with (Get closer and have guaranteed work friends)
- Could work out cheaper rent if I have to rent a place in Leeds as I could flat/house share with other students.
- A new change and a completely different environment to what I'm used to - could excite me and be different from the same old.
- Have more people to contact if I need help and can confer with other students.

Could anyone shine a light on what they might choose and give me a bit of help Leeds is a safe option but if i choose London, then I might get a job offer down there and my family probably wouldn't be happy.
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Re: Placement Options - August 22nd 2014, 02:24 AM

Hi Matthew,

I would personally choose London, but my opinion is rather biased because I love the city.

But it does seem that London would be a good choice because of how it would affect your career. Most people get lots of their contacts from university, and these contacts can greatly affect your success later in life. Not to mention that these people could also be your closest friends for the rest of your life because they will be able to understand your job and how it affects your life more than other people.

You say your family would be upset if you got a job offer in London. Is that because it's far away? But a job offer does not necessarily mean that you need to accept it. And also, if it's a good job, even if it's far away, I don't see why you shouldn't take it. It would most likely be a great stepping stone for you, and I'm sure that it would be possible for you to arrange your time so that you would see your family quite often.

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Re: Placement Options - August 22nd 2014, 09:41 AM

No one can tell you what to do but you have to think which option is better for your future. You might want to write a pros and cons list to each option to try and help you decide. You want to go with the option that you feel will have the greatest impact on your future career. You said that if you went with London you might get a job offer, what do the prospects look like for Leeds?

If you go with London you might upset your family but in the end they only want what is best for you so I am sure they will be able to get over it.

I am sure this probably wasn't a whole lot of help but I did my best. I wish you the best of luck.

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