My position at ProspectSoft was within the Marketing department, where on a daily basis I had a wide range of responsibilities in dealing with varying duties and tasks. Because of this, each day was an exciting challenge and enabled me to maximise my learning experience.
My core role was to manage regular marketing campaigns from start to finish, where I got involved in designing a range of promotional material such as e-shots and mailers, which were used to generate new sales enquiries for the new business team. As a department we had targets that we had to fulfil, so I was always kept busy to ensure that we met our goals!
I was given a large portion of responsibility in managing our quarterly events, which had to be carefully organised by myself to ensure that they were well promoted to our target audience for them to be a profitable means of lead generation.
What I loved about my role was that it enabled me to get involved in many areas of the business. I was able to communicate with all the different departments of the business, liaising with external marketing companies and as well as helping our partners with their marketing activities.
... And although I was in the Marketing Department, I was given the opportunity to get involved in the sales activities of the business, which was extremely fulfilling, especially when you get a bonus!
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at ProspectSoft, the whole experience beat all expectations!
I am extremely grateful for all that the ProspectSoft placement scheme has provided me and I would recommend the scheme to anyone and everyone!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by each and every colleague at ProspectSoft. The Managers are fantastic and were always there to help out with no matter what. I am so pleased that I was able to do my placement with a company that is so dedicated to getting the best out of their employees.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had such great support from all the management team at ProspectSoft. All placement students have regular appraisals with their managers, where I was given guidance in helping me achieve the most from my placement year. I learnt so much from my colleagues at ProspectSoft because they were always so willing to give such great advice and guidance over the year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Because the Marketing Department were given monthly targets, it meant that I had always something to work for! I also had such a varied role that I was never bored and was always learning new things.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
It is truly remarkable the amount of responsibility that I was given. The management team have such great faith and trust in the placement students, that they aren't afraid in letting us get on and do our thing!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
With the economic climate as it is, I honestly don't believe that I would have had a fighting chance in the graduate job market if I hadn't done a year out of university working at ProspectSoft.
I learnt SO much this year, the knowledge that I have gained will be invaluable in helping my achieve my goals!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Although the Sales & Marketing Department have great work ethic, we also had a lot of fun! There was great office banter and there was never a day go by where I didn't have a good laugh!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The ProspectSoft Placement Scheme has been developed over many years and is so refined and well organised. The company also have a great relationship with my university, which made things very easy for me.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I attended lots of training sessions at ProspectSoft, and was always given the opportunity in my appraisals to ask for any training which would enable my to further develop my role.
They have a development scheme in place especially for placement students, which meant that we were able to monitor our development over the year to ensure that we were moving forward.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
ProspectSoft has offered me a fantastic graduate job offer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a great social scene with ProspectSoft - we spent many nights after work at the local pub, going to the cinema, playing football and nights out in Oxford! I have made some friends for life at ProspectSoft, as everyone is so sociable and friendly!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Oxford Brookes University is very close to the ProspectSoft, which meant that I didn't have to move out of my university accommodation. The cost of living and socialising in Oxford can be quite expensive, but is such a beautiful place to live that it makes up for it!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Student nightlife in Oxford is so much fun and ProspectSoft is not too far away from London either!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Everyone at ProspectSoft is always keen in getting involved in activities outside of work. I arranged many fun things to do, which were always welcomed by the rest of the team!