Advertising and Brand Management

Placement Life at MEC: Not only useful for the future but a lot of fun!

If your placement search hasn’t quite panned out as you hoped yet, don’t worry!

Our latest blog post follows Economics student Jess Vasey on her journey through her own placement search, and is a brilliant example of how the skills you have built up so far in your degree may take you in a direction you haven’t anticipated yet!

Jess VaseyWhere are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am on placement at MEC Manchester and I work in the Analytics and Insight Department as a Media Trainee.

This involves providing insights into data to help other teams with pitch work for new and existing clients so they understand their audience better and can generate ideas that are proved to be successful.

My role also involves measuring the performance of previous and running campaigns.

It also involves streamlining any reports and making them more efficient. We try to make day to day jobs as quick and automated as possible.

When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind?

When I first started searching for placements I was determined to achieve an economic consultant role. However, as there were only a few specific employers offering this role very early on in the academic year and this is a hard placement to achieve, once I was rejected I started looking into fields that would help me one day achieve an economic consultancy role and found that I would need experience in data analysis.

Even if the job is not the one you really wanted, finding a placement that will build skills for that role in future is extremely useful.

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‘Challenging, exciting and inspiring!’ Life on placement with Shop Direct Group

Our latest blog post hears Manchester Met Marketing Management student Charlotte Howard’s account of her time on placement as a Talent Intern with Shop Direct Group. 

Don’t forget to check regularly for new placement opportunities on CareerHub!

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Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I’m currently on placement at Shop Direct (based at the HQ in Liverpool) which is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, who own the companies Very, Very Exclusive & Littlewoods. My placement role is titled ‘Talent Intern’ and I sit within the People Team where all development and internal communication happens for the business as well as recruitment, employee relations & reward.

When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind? What types of roles did you apply for?

I was focused on getting a placement in marketing as this is what my degree is related to however, as time went on during my search, I kept an open mind and read through many job descriptions and realised that I shouldn’t limit myself to marketing alone as there are so many fantastic opportunities in marketing as well as in other sectors and industries. I applied for roles in marketing, digital marketing, HR, sales & supply chain.

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My placement at boohoo.com

If fashion is your thing then a placement with a leading retailer such as boohoo.com could be ideal for you.  In this post Marketing Management student Melanie Taylor tells us about life on placement as a Marketing Operations Intern.

Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am currently on placement at boohoo.com, located in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. I am the Marketing Operations intern, covering a broad spectrum of marketing activities such as international, events and more!

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When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind? What types of roles did you apply for?

I was very selective when applying for my placement, a lot of my friends seemed to apply for every opportunity that popped up, but it took me a while to find one I liked the look of! Anyone searching for a placement should keep their options open and step outside their comfort zone where possible, but stay true to the area that you want to work in so that your passion shines through.

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Placement life: Inside Intel

In our latest post, Marketing Management student Cristian Filip gives us the inside scoop on placement life at the global giant Intel.  

Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am currently on placement at Intel Corporation in Shannon, Ireland. I work as a Marketing and Operations Intern, being a member of the NPG Market Development team.

When you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind?

When I started looking for a placement, I didn’t have a specific company or role in mind. However, I knew that I wanted to spend my placement year in a multinational corporation, interact with as many business professionals as possible (from all over the world) and work in a Business role.cristian-filip

Why did you choose the sandwich placement route for your course, rather than the three-year option?

I decided to opt for the sandwich placement route because I felt that I would improve my existing skills, and develop new skills, as well as gaining relevant experience in the Business sector. Before I joined Intel I did an Agency Life Internship (at I-COM Manchester) that helped me understand how important it is to put in to practice what I learned at University, gaining new skills that can be transferred into any job role in the future.

Also, I realized that the Business/Marketing industry is a very competitive one and that a Placement at an international company could boost my CV and support me in differentiating myself from other candidates, when applying for a graduate position.

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A Placement Year has been one of the Best Decisions I have made!

This post sees BA(Hons) Public Relations and Digital Communications Management student Lorna Mowbray give her account of her first six months on placement with Manchester based advertising agency Red C. Read on for some placement inspiration!

My first six months on placement at Red C

If anyone had told me this time last year I’d be working for an advertising agency, I wouldn’t have believed them.

When I started university, I was undecided about taking a placement year, but after speaking to students who’d just finished their placements, I knew it’d be a great opportunity.

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My first month at Red C was overwhelming but very exciting! I said goodbye to student life and hello to nine to five (thirty). I remember thinking that I was never going to be able to remember and understand everything, but after a few weeks of easing into my new role with the help of my friendly and welcoming team members, everything started to fit into place.

In my first six months at Red C I’ve been extremely lucky to work with a range of clients such as JD Williams, Welcome Cottages and GRJ and Rail Discoveries. I’ve enjoyed the responsibilities I’ve been given, including managing production of artwork, carrying out detailed research, briefing in new work to the creative department… and even making cups of tea! One of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had so far was attending a shoot for a TV ad.

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My Placement Year with Disney: A dream come true!

Time for another inspiring placement story! This post shares Amy Smith’s (Ba (Hons) Advertising Management & Brand Management) top tips and insights into her placement search, experience of assessment days and interviews, and her current time spent on placement with Disney!

Where are you currently on placement, and what is your placement role?

I am currently on placement at the Walt Disney Company in Hammersmith, London. I am the Media Planning and Presentation Intern for Disney Junior in the Central Eastern European Emerging Markets. Amy Smith - DisneyWhen you started searching for placements did you have a specific type of role in mind? 

Ever since a child I have had a big love for Disney and my dream was to one day work for the company. But due to the scale of the company and my lack of self-belief I applied for L’Oreal, Rimmel, Carat, MEC and many more… I applied for a visual merchandising role, PPC role, Marketing role and finally my Media Planning role at Disney.

I always wanted to work within the Advertising/Marketing sector and when I applied for my degree at MMU I knew Disney were one of the companies that MMU advertised sandwich year placements for.

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Your Placement Search – The Road to Success!

#Resilience #YouCanDoIt #Dedication #Motivation #TheLongGame #StickWithIt

So it’s that time of year when students are busily applying for placements for 16/17. We are still adding lots of exciting placement opportunities on CareerHub, such as, SIEMENS, KELLOGGS, NISSAN.

Your perfect placement is just around the corner!

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Easter Holidays – Have you lost a bit of placement focus?  Feeling a bit disheartened having been for a few interviews? This is common at this stage of the year and the Placement team are here to help get you back on track! Everyone is at a different stage of the process, so even if you are just starting out on your placement search, be sure to use the Easter holidays to get some applications in.  Are you still in Manchester over Easter?  If so, come and see us.  If not, we are more than happy to help via email.

Time line – Right now is a great time to apply for placements. Some hard work now will really pay off!  You have until end of August to secure a placement and we will help you get there.  Hopefully you will have almost submitted any assessments for other modules, so this will free up some time for your placement search.

Finance – During your placement year, you will pay fees of £680.  You can still apply to Student Finance England for your Maintenance Loan if you wish.  If you don’t end up doing a placement year, you will simply need to advise Student Finance that you need to arrange a ‘Change of Circumstance’.  This is very straight forward and shouldn’t be a concern at this stage.

Accommodation – Are you already starting to think about accommodation for next year?  Ideally, we would like you to keep your placement location options as wide as possible, so don’t limit opportunities unless you really need to.  If you must – there will still be lots of accessible placements in the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area.  So this shouldn’t be too much of a barrier.

Own Placements – Are you using your own networks to search for placements?  LinkedIn, Parents, Family Friends etc can provide useful placements leads.  Let us know if you want any information to share with potential placement providers!

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Inside View: The Placement Year at LateRooms.com

Today’s post is a spotlight on LateRooms.com, the Manchester based hotel booking company, where two keen MMU Ba (Hons) Marketing Management students are currently completing their placement years; Jade as a Content Executive and Kirsten as a Hotel Promotions Coordinator.

LateRooms.com’s Talent Partner Victoria Loughlin met with Jade and Kirsten to talk about their placement experience so far.

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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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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!
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