What is it really like…

Sourcing your own Placement: A success story!

Beth Bradley - headshotOur latest post is by Beth Bradley, a Marketing Management student who sourced her own placement with a company based near to her home town. Read on to learn how Beth has settled in to placement life.

When I first started my placement, I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was in an industry I had very little or no knowledge about whatsoever.

I got a placement within the car and van rental and sales industry back in my home town, and when I first started I had no idea about any vans other than a Ford Transit.

The second week I was in the office, I was taught how to drive vans, as well as all my other jobs I had to do. Being the only marketing executive in the office, and with them never having a marketer before, I had to work extremely hard to be able to push the business forward and apply the knowledge of business management systems and marketing that I had learned in the first two years at Uni.

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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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‘Don’t give up looking!’ Top Tips & life on Placement at the NHS

Our latest contributor is BA (Hons) Banking and Finance student Andrew Munro who shares his hint and tips on making a good first impression at interview, as well as insights into his daily working life on placement at an NHS trust.

Where are you currently on placement and what is your placement role?andrew-munro-002

I am currently on placement at Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT).

My current role as a Finance Assistant is within the Income and Contracting team, in the Finance department.

What type of selection processes did you go through for your applications? For example, Psychometric tests, telephone or video interviews? Any tips for students currently searching?

Selection process for my role at CMFT was an online application, which the led to an interview. At the interview I had to do a small Excel task and then a presentation on myself.

The Excel task wasn’t too demanding, the hardest part was the presentation. I would recommend practising if you have to do any presentations at an interview as practising definitely helped me a lot.

What are your top tips for impressing at an interview or assessment day?

My first tip would be to dress smart, first impressions count.

Prepare for your interview do your research and don’t forget any materials that they ask you to bring.

I recently helped with the recruitment for next year’s placement students at CMFT. The ones who stood out were those who had done their research, and those who did not stand out were the ones with no prep.

Some also did not clock on that us placement students were also part of the interview process and were feeding back our opinions and what we learnt from those being interviewed, so try act professional for the full duration.

Previous experience will always looks good even if it is just a part time café job for instance; it shows you are willing to work.

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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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MY PLACEMENT AT MICROSOFT

In our latest post, International Business Management Student Jonathan Foster shares his journey, tips and time management wisdom developed through his placement search and time spent on placement at global  software giant Microsoft.

Hello everyone!  My name is Jonny, a BA (Hons) International Business Management student and I am currently on my placement year at Microsoft as an EMEA Business Program Manager.

I wanted to write to you all out there who might be on course to find your perfect placement year and to give a little insight into my first 2 months at Microsoft.jonathan-foster

I started my Placement search in November and found my first Assessment Centre to be quite a challenge and wasn’t able to get a full offer – the experience was invaluable though and I learnt how to approach Assessment Centre’s and make the impact I wanted to, on the day.

My key tips for being successful and getting your first offer would be to never give up!

See every Assessment Centre as an opportunity to learn, grow and try new strategies.

Once you’ve mastered this you can then show your confidence and know-how to confidently make all the right moves to make a good impression with the recruiters.

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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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Consider London for an amazing sandwich year!

Thinking of London as a location for your placement? Tegan Dixon is an MMU Ba (Hons) Business Management student currently living the London life, on placement at Europanel. Read on to discover Tegan’s top tips on making the most of London, and all it has to offer!

Hello everyone!

I’m Tegan, a BA(Hons) Business Management undergraduate and I am currently on my placement year at Europanel in London.

I wanted to write to help those considering sunny London for their placement year, who may be a little unsure on a few things. And I also want to talk to you about my experience applying for placements to hopefully inspire some of you all that it’s not too late at all!

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Living in London: Accommodation, travel, and lifestyle

I secured my placement role in the middle of June 2015 (late – I know), and was expected to start on the 6th July. As I’m sure you can appreciate, I had a lot to turn around in a very short space of time, including the move to London, not helped by the fact I was based at home on the Isle of Man! I knew very little about London before moving here, other than it was big, busy, and full of adventure. Now that much is true, but I’ve also seen other sides to it living here that I would want everyone to at least experience once.

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