This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
I really enjoyed my role as Brand Ambassador. I was able to challenge myself to reach as far as I could in terms of my presence physically on campus (with flyers, posters etc.) as well as on social media. Doing so, I met a lot of new and interesting students, developed my network and began some lasting relationships with people I can truly call friends.
Because I was unable to attend the training day at the start of the role as well as the nature of the role itself, I wasn't able to interact with my fellow Brand Ambassadors. So, I don't feel that I had an opportunity to be 'valued' by my colleagues. I feel that the question can't be answered appropriately (so I've put a '5')
I had a fair amount of contact with my supervisor, Eileen Morgan, who was quick to respond to my questions or ideas throughout the year. I honestly cannot fault her input and support, in terms of checking on my progress, answering my doubts and keeping me informed about the tasks ahead.
I was able to manage my time fairly well after the first few weeks because I had set myself into a routine whereby I had allocated a set number of hours on a set day each week to flyering on the street or checking my social media reach. However, while I did put the hours in, as the milk-round season began to fade and people's exams started coming up, the effectiveness of my promotions began to dwindle. Some days I would flyer with no interest whatsoever, leading to some boredom.
As the only Brand Ambassador for my university, I felt from Day 1 that I had a lot of responsibility. My university had over 10,000 undergraduates (not to mention grads, who I was also targeting) and it was my job to try to reach as many of them as possible while retaining impact. I was given free rein over how I managed my social media presence, over how I organised my hours etc.
I feel like I came into this role with the raw skills needed to be successful. These skills, such as cold-calling, networking, public speaking, sales and marketing, have certainly gotten sharper, but I don't know that I've learnt many new skills as a result of doing the process. That said, I have learnt a lot and I expect it will serve me well going forward.
This question can't be answered properly because, as a Brand Ambassador on campus, I had no office!
The role/placement was organised very well. Eileen was very effective at communicating the timeline of tasks we had to complete, including delivering training and organising the debriefing day. Perhaps there could have been a way to log/track our progress without having to bother Eileen, on some sort of online platform, but other than that there's not much I would have suggested to improve the role.
The firm made every effort to train me, including inviting me to a training day at the start of the role, which I was unfortunately unable to attend. I received alternative one-to-one Skype training despite this, as well as access to online resources that I would find invaluable in my role as Brand Ambassador.
Working from home
I would look into working for Deloitte (the company I was representing as Brand Ambassador), since the professional services industry is something that I'm interested in. As far as On-Campus Promotions is considered, I may well try to apply to be a Brand Ambassador for another company with them.
Again, the question is not applicable because I worked alone within my university. That said, we had a Facebook group amongst the various Brand Ambassadors in the UK, but there was not much interaction between us.
Again, not applicable/relevant to the job itself. I live in Oxford during term time, and I am able to manage my finances/other requirements that this job placed on me from a geographic perspective.
Again, perhaps not relevant. Oxford nightlife is pretty drab compared to London, but I'm not really here to party.
There were no opportunities with On-Campus Promotions for anything outside of my role because the nature of the work is such that I work alone and there aren't any other Brand Ambassadors near me to get involved in any activities with.
Placement (5-9 Months)
8th June 2015