An incredible six weeks.

Manchester Met Sports Management student David Hartley is currently on his dream placement year with The Football Foundation, where he is employed as Communications Officer Intern. Read about his first six weeks on placement here, and look out for regular updates of his progress!

Going into my first day of placement at the start of June I was, like most people, apprehensive about what lay ahead in my new role at the Football Foundation. I can safely say that after the first…

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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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Where to begin?

Wondering ‘how’ and ‘where’ to start your placement search? Manchester Met Sports Management student David Hartley’s post on ‘where to begin’ provides top tips to get you started! David is currently on placement with The Football Foundation as a Communications Officer intern.

From the outset, the key to finding a good placement is having a high quality CV. From the moment you begin 2nd year and placements are brought up in lectures, visit the Student Hub and book yourse…

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How I got my graduate job…Jennifer’s story

If you are in need of inspiration to fuel your placement search check out this video for an insight into the power of placements, and how they can lead to a graduate role!

Final year Business Management student Jennifer Goddard is preparing to start her role as a Graduate Consultant for Lidl down in London. In this short video, Jennifer tells us about the benefits of…

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Tips from the Top for Successful Video Interviews – Arcadia Group

Video interviews are fast becoming a key part of applying for placements as well as graduate roles. They can seem daunting for those who haven’t done a video interview before, however these great tops tips shared from MMU’s Careers & Employability blog will ease your nerves and help you position yourself as an ideal placement candidate! 

Both the Business School Placement Team and Careers & Employability Team can provide links to practice Video Interview software so you can test these tips before doing the real thing! Get in touch with the Placement Team on 0161 247 3711 for further information.

Many employers from across all sectors are now using video interviews during the recruitment process so it is essential that you understand how they work and how to prepare! Arcadia Group is the UK…

Source: Tips from the Top for Successful Video Interviews – Arcadia Group

How I got my graduate job…Dylan’s story

Read all about final year MMU Business School student Dylan Ryan and his account of how he used his sandwich placement experience with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car to secure a fantastic graduate role with DHL!

Dylan Ryan is a final year Business (Sandwich) student at Manchester Met. He has secured a role as a Business Technology Graduate for DHL for after graduation. We spoke to Dylan to find out more ab…

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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.

Lorna Mowbray

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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My first 6 months as a SDA!

A great account of making the most of your placement year by an MMU Business School Sports Management student!

Made to move

It’s scary to think that I am now writing this 6 months into my placement. Back in May 2015, I applied for a new role that had been introduced into the new structure at MMU Sport. Luckily I got the job and Monday 3rd August was my first day in post. 

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