I support internal and community-based communications. On the day to day, I manage 3 of our social media accounts and coordinate, curate and create content for these channels. I produce copy for internal and external print publications and edit those from time to time. I manage central email communications and host weekly planning meetings. I assist with the community programme and distribute donations and payments accordingly. Etc.
Yes. I have developed my tone of voice and general writing skills by producing a range of copy for a variety of different internal and external platforms, for varying audiences. I have gained a deeper knowledge of the steel industry and learnt to interpret niche topics and turn them into something simple and digestible for external audiences. I have also developed my interviewing and video shooting skills, whilst gaining experience in planning /hosting podcast episodes.
Yes. I managed three of our main social media accounts. I was also responsible for distributing site/UK-wide email communications on a range of topics. Also, I edited our internal company newspaper several times.
A lot. Although the majority of my placement has been spent working remotely, my team has always been there to ask how they can better support and guide me. They constantly ask and remind me that I can become more involved in as many areas of the business as I like. My Line Manager is extremely supportive and thoughtful.
Although I didn't get the full experience (due to coronavirus and home-based working), the UK company culture is positive. Everyone onsite is very friendly, helpful and encouraging. They are very enthusiastic and are keen for you to learn more. The same cannot be said for the wider European culture, from what I have learnt.
I really enjoyed my placement and felt valued within the team. My contract has been extended by 7 months, which I think says enough!
I would say be inquisitive, proactive and outgoing.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
23rd August 2021