Marketing

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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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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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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The opportunities are endless

In this blog we hear from Ranvir Thiarra, BA (Hons) Sports Management, who is currently on placement with PUMA.

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Working at PUMA has been one of the coolest experiences of my life so far!

The opportunities are endless and the people that I have got to know and have been able to learn from have been awesome. You really feel part of the team at PUMA and are never looked at differently because of the ‘intern’ status.

Puma office - Sea Containers London

When I started PUMA had just moved offices to the brand new Sea Containers which is situated right on the Thames in Central London. Although I have been living at home in Bedfordshire and commuting every day, I have still been able to live the London life. (more…)

‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ – Lao Tsu

In this blog Clifford Butau, BA (Hons) Sports Marketing Management, describes his placement journey: from the application stage in 2nd year through to working in an office having secured a placement and onto planning for the future.

Placement student, Clifford Butau

My employer is a rapidly growing business, producing a range of convenience food products for the retail markets in Ireland, the UK and Europe.  I embarked on my journey here towards the end of summer and believed myself to be very fortunate to get my placement because I had been applying for different placements throughout second year and summer. Notwithstanding my efforts I kept getting the “unfortunately you did not get the placement, but good luck with your search” feedback – yes those disappointing words we might have all experienced in the hunt.

Nevertheless, I was very determined to take that single step to build experience and I carried on with my quest to find a placement.  The persistence finally paid off one afternoon when I received an email that would kick-start my journey. The email was an invite for an interview at the company’s HQ and after the interview, I was invited for a stage two interview that involved a task, which I happily completed and was very pleased when I was offered the role. (more…)

I didn’t expect to be given as much opportunity as I have!

For some students their work experience can help shape their future and change their career plans for ever! In this blog we hear from Amy Cossey, BA (Hons) Marketing Management, who is back working for her year 10 work experience provider after the insight they offered put her on her current career path.

Placement Student Amy Cossey

Hello, I’m Amy, I’m a 3rd year student studying Marketing Management.

I remember when I came to Manchester Metropolitan for an open day and I was first introduced to the idea of doing a placement year, I instantly knew that it was something I wanted to do as it gives you the chance to finish university with a degree and a year of work experience.

I am now on my placement year at a company called Carrs Foods International which supplies European bakery products to retailers, wholesalers, cash & carries and the catering industry. I first came to Carrs Foods for a week of work experience during school, before then I was completely set on being a teacher but after just a week at Carrs it completely changed my mind. I am now the Marketing Assistant at Carrs Foods which consists of a variety of different roles and responsibilities; from data analysis to social media to management of packaging design and artwork, so it is really giving me a chance to experience every aspect of Marketing (and eat a lot of croissants). (more…)

A marketing placement with ALNO UK Ltd

In our first blog post of 2015 we hear from current placement student Hannah Tinker, BA (Hons) Advertising and Brand Management, who self-sourced her placement with ALNO UK Ltd.  Read about her placement year so far and find out how to follow in Hannah’s footsteps and apply for this placement.

Hannah Tinker

Hi I’m Hannah, a third year Advertising and Brand Management student, currently on my placement year as the marketing intern at the Head Office of ALNO UK Ltd, based in Leeds.

The phrase ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ sums up how I got my placement; my current manager is a friend of someone I did work experience for a couple of years ago. He mentioned that ALNO – a national German kitchen retailer – was looking for some assistance in their marketing department due to the rapid expansion of the business. My name was put forward and naturally I jumped at the opportunity to secure a placement in a growing business. (more…)