Marketing Communications Placement Student at Cummins

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Ramsgate South East
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Business Analytics Marketing Public Relations

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7.5/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
7.2

Socialising

5.8

The Role

Role Description

Assist in the development of the annual marketing communications strategy and plans.
Assist in the development, management, planning and scheduling of content for social media platforms.
Assist PR partner with execution of external publication, customer stories, news and press releases.
Update website content when required.
Manage content for marketing intranet.
Assist with the management of online and print advertising.
Assist in the development and execution of event, including assisting with third party relationship management.
Assist with the literature, presentation and display of material development.
The opportunity to participate in or facilitate corporate responsibility activities for marketing communications team.
Assist in internal video capture and development for publishing.
Ensure complaince of brand standards.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have really enjoyed my work placement at Cummins. I have worked amongst a great team who are always willing to help and encourage me. I have learnt a great deal and have worked with a wide range of people including colleagues in the USA, Europe and the Middle East, I have also worked with external suppliers.

7/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I feel valued by my colleagues. They always respect the work that I do and the decisions that I make. I have felt like a full time employee since starting at Cummins and I am not treated as though I am only here temporarily.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager has provided me with the level of support that I have needed since my placement began. Initially I had a lot of support from my manager and now I have less support as I am encouraged to work more independently on projects. I have found that whenever I have questions my manager is happy to answer them and step in if necessary. We regularly have meetings to discuss what I am working on and we discuss what went well and what I can improve on for next time.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

How busy I was varied throughout the year. It depended on the projects that I was working on and the deadlines I had. However, overall I found that I was busy, I always had something to do and I never found I was clock watching.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a good level of responsibility throughout my placement. When I started I had a good level of support but as the placement went on I found I was managing projects on my own with the expectation that I would deliver at the expected level within the expected timeframe. I have worked with a range of colleagues and stakeholders throughout my placement.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I haven't yet returned to University to complete my final year. However, I am sure that my placement will be of benefit to my studies. I no have a far greater range of experiences that I will be able to apply when looking for graduate jobs and when writing my essays. I also feel I will be more motivated and productive as I have had to apply myself for working 9-5 everyday.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The overall atmosphere in the office was good. The team I was working amongst was always upbeat and friendly and we didn't take ourselves too seriously.

6/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I feel the overall placement was well organised. When the placement first started we had a few days to settle in with an introduction, this included meeting other placements and a gradual introduction to the teams that we were working amongst. For the first few months we had a training day once a month to develop our skills, for example we had a session on team working and another on presentation skills. Once we had started in our roles we were all given an individual mentor to go to if we feel we needed support from someone other than our managers. We were all given individual goals to achieve in terms of soft skills and skills related to our roles, we were given feedback from our managers and team members to assess how well we are doing and if we are working towards these goals.

10/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

As mentioned we were given regular trainings at the start of the placement to increase our soft skills and hep us to work well in our roles. I was also given the opportunity to travel to the US with my team, where I was able to complete the Myers Briggs personality training to see my strengths and weaknesses. I was also able to attend a days training to gain an understanding about generators and how they work. Throughout my placement, I was also given a range of tasks to complete on placement so I could gain a broad number of skills.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Working from home
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would be happy to return to Cummins once I have finished my degree and will definitely explore Job opportunities within this company.

7/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes there was a good social scene, there were about 20 other placement students where I was located so there were always people to socialise with. The other placements were also happy to make plans outside of work so that we could get to know each other in more of an informal way.

6/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I was able to live at home during my placement so I was able to save on living costs.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The night life in this area is ok. There are nice bars and restaurants around, this provided us with some good places to go.

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were a few opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. Cummins has a sports and social club so they arrange various trips for staff throughout the year, there is a wide range of options catering for everyone. There was also the opportunity to get involved with some team sports that others were participating in, I was able to attend some of the badminton sessions that were organised once a week. Cummins also provides many opportunities to get involved in the local community, and is encouraged as a part of everyone's work plans.

7/10

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