Working in a business to business environment assisting the marketing team with any daily or ongoing campaigns or projects. Including taking ownership of certain projects if necessary.
As well as some aspects of digital marketing and assisting the Digital Marketing Manager with online paid campaigns.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I worked as a Marketing Assistant for 14 months for Experian and I loved the experience. The culture is very friendly and everyone is so approachable. My manager had a hands on approach and ensured that I got a good rotation with doing different jobs for different members of the team as well as different departments. It was very rarely dull and I would recommend it to anyone.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were always very thankful and grateful for the work I did for them, and understood that the nature of some tasks were very boring and were always supportive.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management within my team consistently had one to one meetings with me as well as regular reviews to check in on how things were. I never felt alone and like I couldn't talk to anyone.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Working in a business to business environment, some parts of the year were naturally busier than others. But I rarely have no work to do!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I was given a lot of trust and responsibility within my placement year, although sometimes daunting, it was always well handed over and guidance given if I needed it. This shouldn't put anyone off, it was a great learning experience!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Having studied marketing at university, working in a business to business environment is completely different to learning about business to consumer in a lecture hall.. This placement year has allowed me to gain so much knowledge and I will remember things I've learnt here forever.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Again, some times were busy some times weren't and this made the atmosphere in the team very different. But everyone was very friendly and close, and we were always up for a chat.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I got contacted initially by email after my application on Milkround for an online test, then got an email about a telephone interview and then I was invited to the assessment day. I never felt like I was in the dark about when I was starting or who to contact etc. However on my first day there was a lot of technical issues with getting me set up on the system - but that wasn't to be helped!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was allowed to go on training days that I felt that was relevant to me, as long as I cleared it with my management. They were very encouraging of my own development and growth and consistantly asked if I wanted any extra training or assistance.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although there is no marketing graduate scheme currently, I know they do other ones for accountancy etc. As well as apprenticeship schemes and other entry level jobs for graduates.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes - we all work in one building close to the city centre, and we made an effort to meet up regularly and socialise.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Nottingham is a fairly cheap area, depending on where you want to live. House shares are a good option and there is a free bus service from the centre of town to the offices :)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nottingham is a very student friendly city with two universities, so there are lots of student nights and cheap drinks prices!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes plently - if you become a member of the sports and social club then you get regular emails about discounts for sporting events and social events you can join in with :)