This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
The position of brand ambassador was greatly rewarding. My OCP manager, Kate Gilpin, was always approachable, friendly, and helpful, as were the team at the firm, PwC Legal. The training we received at the start and guidance received throughout made the position valuable. It is also clear that the ambassadors are carefully selected as my fellow ambassadors made a great team and it was motivating to see them putting effort into their campaigns.
Generally, when feedback was asked for, I felt that the effort I was putting is was valued. However, and this is probably not something I should admit to, I felt that the pay did not reflect the amount of effort being put in. In this respect I did not feel that I was always being valued. However, the personal feedback and thanks was not lacking and Kate and the team from PwC Legal would always thank me for work that I was submitting.
If I asked for guidance, it was readily given and this was always appreciated. It is clear that Kate has a lot of useful experience. However, more frequent progress reviews would have been helpful and welcomed. This does not just mean positive feedback (which is always welcome) but negative feedback as well. Sometimes I felt like I would not find out if I was doing something wrong until I asked.
It is difficult to say on a day-to-day basis, although I would generally do around five hours per week on a normal week. However, where events were on this could go up significantly. I always felt like I had something to do and there were enough events to keep the activities fresh. On a daily basis I would normally be doing social media posts and these could however get a little repetitive. I tried to mix it up by including interesting news articles, but it was not always possible.
We were given a variety of responsibilities, including social media advertising, promoting in person (eg, lecture shout-outs), and attending events (eg, law fair). In terms of responsibility, it was relatively low as all events were organised by the firm. I also did work for Simmons & Simmons and responsibility was much higher as I had to organise and run a focus group myself. This was quite a challenge and very rewarding. Responsibility can be scary (I was terrified when I powered up Skype to have a conference call with 9 other people) but the rewards scale accordingly and so I felt like I had achieved far more at the end.
This is difficult to say as I am still doing my degree and so I shall leave the rating at 5. I have developed some interpersonal skills, but it is not clear yet how applicable these will be to a career in the professional services industry. Certain the role will look good on my CV, but this may be more to do with the fact that it demonstrates pro-activity and being a diverse character. The marketing elements may be useful however and so I would not completely discount what I have learnt. I have also (hopefully) gained some confidence for public speaking and improved my time management and billing skills!
Not really applicable as I was working at university, although general atmosphere of the Facebook page was light-hearted and people would post amusing photos or anecdotes.
Generally it was very well organised, although we received are briefs quite late. It would have been nice to have some more time to prepare. Otherwise everything seemed well organised by OCP and facilities like the feedback form and Sharepoint worked when needed. The firm itself was less well organised and some events were cancelled. But this is not the fault of OCP.
We had an initial day-long training and briefing session with a professional speaker coming in. This was welcomed and very useful. It also gave as an opportunity to meet our colleagues and understand our roles better. The debrief day was also another opportunity to reflect and think about we could improve personally.
Working from home
This is not really applicable, although I would hope that if I applied for a job with RMP Enterprise I would be advantaged by having been a brand ambassador.
This is also hard to say as we were all separate (ie, different universities and also Kate OCP was in London as was the firm). But here was generally a good sense of cohesion on the Facebook group and when we did have an opportunity to meet in person.
Again, not really applicable as all brand ambassadors were at their own universities. Bristol cost of living is okay - upper middle if I have to be precise!
Again, not really applicable, although the Bristol nightlife is top notch if you fancy coming down. Just watch out for the locals - they don't always take kindly to (a) students and (b) people with posh London accents. But if you can bust a move there should be ample opportunity moonlight dancing!
Again, difficult to say for this role, although there was a brand ambassador awards. I did not personally get involved (so many regrets) but it was undoubtedly a great opportunity to meet other ambassadors and OCP employees and get get points for your efforts over the year. In the words of Bruce Forsyth, "Points mean prizes – what do points mean?"
Placement (5-9 Months)
3rd June 2015