Month: February 2015

Why not go abroad for your placement year?

Geographically mobile? Why not go abroad for your placement year? In our latest blog we hear from Hannah Moore, BA (Hons) Advertising Management and Brand Management, who is currently on placement in Bahrain.  Read about her experiences so far and why she’d recommend broadening your horizons and going overseas.Placement Student Hannah Moore

During my second year of University I wanted to do the one-day a week work experience instead of Agency Life, however I mixed up the final sign up date due to being out of the country and could not gain the experience. I really believe that if you want to get the job of your dreams then you need experience, so luckily the university offers the opportunity to take a work placement year in the third year, which I knew I had to do.

After meeting with the Placement Team and emailing multiple companies I only heard back from one company, after a chat with the company’s Head of Marketing, he said I would have been a great attribute to the company, however they weren’t in a position to teach someone who they weren’t able to keep on in their team (as I would have to return for my final year at Uni) due to funding and plans for expanding the company. A little disheartened and motivation depleting, I realised England just didn’t have the opportunities that I wanted; so I decided to expand my search abroad.

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Passionate? How do you demonstrate it in your placement applications?

So, you’ve found your dream placement, you’ve got all the skills and attributes they’re looking for and you know you could do the job but how do you demonstrate the ‘passion’ they’re looking for? In our latest blog Anna Worsley, Placements and Project Coordinator, offers her hints and tips for demonstrating passion to an employer.

A quick scan of the vacancies on our system shows that recruiters are looking for more than your academic prowess and your transferable skills such as communication and teamwork skills they’re looking for you to demonstrate passion;

  • “Passion for sport and fashion”
  • “Passion for marketing”
  • “Interest and knowledge of cars”
  • “Passion for money saving”
  • “Strong interest in gaming”
  • “knowledge of the film and entertainment industry”

How can you evidence and demonstrate your passion to employers? (more…)

Doing a placement year is one of the best career decisions I ever made

Placement student Jo McGrannIn our latest blog we hear from Jo McGrann, BA (Hons) Advertising and Brand Management, who is currently working as a Marketing Assistant for No1 CopperPot Credit Union.

This time last year I was a stressed out 2nd year Advertising and Brand Management Student on the hunt for a placement year, researching every placement opportunity that came up and applying for everything that interested me.

One of the opportunities that came up was to work for No1 CopperPot Credit Union. Having never heard of the company before I was unsure what I would be getting myself in for, but I liked the sound of what it entailed and applied anyhow. After applying with an email, CV and covering letter I was happy to hear I was through to the next stage of interviews. The interview went well and the following day I was thrilled to hear I got the placement!
Tip: be confident, not cocky but confident. Show your possible employer that you’re confident in your abilities and they’ll be confident in hiring you (I had to practice this)! (more…)