The workshop for your career in marketing

For a career in marketing, experience plays a big part. It is actual work, trial and error processes which make good marketers. If you are a recent graduate with a degree in Marketing or Business and little experience but would like to launch your career, the Graduate Marketing Workshop will get you started. This event organised by The SR group and Carter Murray, recruitment agencies, will take place on the 21st of June in London. Continue reading

Success for Enactus Reading

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

The Enactus team at the University of Reading pledges to strive to create sustainable lasting social change. They are currently undertaking 5 projects involving communities and individuals around Reading and beyond. The members of Enactus Reading are proactive students who work in the business environment and are involved in social projects at the same time. They gain work experience while at the university,  expand their network, and develop new skills which increase their employability.

After presenting their Social Enterprises at the Enactus UK National Expo in April, Enactus University of Reading was one of the 20 UK teams which made it to the Semi-Finals. To have a stronger social impact in the future, Enactus needs new like-minded members. If you are proactive and want to be involved in social projects, looking to develop valuable skills and gain working experience, learn more about Enactus and become a member.

Open Day Ambassadors Needed

 

Do you have what it takes to promote your University to future students?

We are recruiting current students to be ambassadors at our 2017 Open Days on:

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June (registration required for both)

Saturday 30 September

Saturday 7 October

Being an Open Day Ambassador is a great opportunity to share your passion for the University. You will receive training, and your effort will be repaid with £7.97 + holiday pay per hour – so sign up to as many as possible.

If you think you have what it takes, apply now:

https://campusjobs.reading.ac.uk/leap/jobSearch.html?id=31&service=Campus+Jobs

If you have any queries please contact: studentguides@reading.ac.uk

 

CEOing for a day

 

Have you heard about CEO for a Day programme?

Organised by Odgers Berndtson, it provides mid-Year students the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a successful CEO. As an undergraduate, you apply to spend the day with a top Chief Executive and learn about the responsibility and complexities required to lead some of Britain’s leading business and organisations. This is how this scheme is designed to uncover some of the UK’s most promising future leaders and give them an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive.

Happening for the first time in the UK in 2016 with 15 students, CEOx1 Day welcomed the participation of big companies and organisations such as BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust. Following the pilot edition, it was regarded as an eye-opening programme by both the students and the professionals.  Apart from the immediate benefits of sharing the office with a CEO, tagging along at meetings and official work visits, there are the not-so-obvious advantages:

  • gain insight into how successful people operate;
  • get catapulted in at the last level of administration and get a better view of the long road leading there;
  • understand management, the priorities and duties which come with it;
  • learn more about a specific industry from a top position;
  • gain relevant experience to succeed in your potential career.

The former participants left the scheme more knowledgeable about what being a CEO involves, feeling the real taste of success and responsibility and hoping to become suitable for such a role in the future. You can read their opinions to find out how this sort of experience may change you.

Now, do you want to share the tasks of a CEO, his office and one-day’s schedule? Do you have what it takes to do this? Create your professional profile with the help of the Careers consultants and apply for the amazing experience until June 30.

Join Warner Bros.

 

Warner Bros. Studio is offering a 12-month Publicity Placement to all the 2nd Year Publicity and PR students out there.

If you are one of them and wish to build-up your CV, gain a new set of skills, and work for a renowned brand, take this offer into serious consideration.

You will work closely with the department Publicists and you will have a wide range of key responsibilities and objectives. These will include supplying publicity materials to UK TV, radio and print publications in line with our publicity strategy. You will also be responsible for distributing and analysing the daily press cuttings to the UK and US teams. You will also have the opportunity to work as part of the team on key projects, press events and premieres

You need the following abilities:

  • Excellent (fluent) working knowledge of Word and Excel, and some experience of using databases and Powerpoint.
  • Experience of using the internet for research purposes.
  • Media Studies, Marketing or English undergraduates will have more relevant experience but this position is open to all who are interested in film and media.
  • Should have solid GCSE and A level results.
  • Must be well organised and disciplined with the ability to prioritise workload and use time effectively.
  • Must be self-motivated and work with limited supervision.
  • Must be able to communicate with people at all levels in a professional and mature manner.
  • Must be analytical and pay close attention to detail including spelling.
  • Must have a proficient and confident phone manner.
  • Some previous work experience would be advantageous.

In order to perform these tasks:

  • Go through the national daily papers and media monitoring email updates, to compile and highlight all of the key coverage on Warner Bros films and talent.
  • Monitor and file all the Publicity materials that arrive from our US office.
  • Work closely with the project publicists to ensure that all materials are up to date and in line with the Publicity strategy.
  • Research all publications on an assigned subject matter. Contact those publications and collate all journalists details in order to despatch press materials.
  • Liaison with agencies to provide materials and review content.
  • Assisting with project publicists on briefing agencies and external partners
  • Monitor receipt of merchandise for Publicity placement.
  • Work with members of the team at press events and Premieres.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of editorial media mailing list
  • Analyse competitor publicity activities and campaigns.
  • Monitor performance of select suppliers.
  • Deal with telephone and email enquiries from the press and general public.
  • Inform press of release dates and press materials available.
  • Work with the project publicists to upload designated press coverage on to the FTP site.
  • Work with the team to staff and manage screenings.
  • Communication with media to secure and file screening reactions
  • Upkeep and distribution of weekly publicity meeting minutes.
  • Working with the project publicist on designated elements of tours and events.
  • Organization and filing of magazines, newspapers and specific film coverage

To complete these projects you will need to liaise with company personnel both in the UK and US, by telephone, email and in person. You will need to be a confident communicator, have good research skills and follow through on projects ensuring their completion.

You have time to update your CV and write a convincing covering letter stating your suitability for the role until Friday, April 7. Email the materials you prepared to Naomi Walsh, at naomi.walsh@warnerbros.com.

 

 

 

UROP opens up opportunities

The applications for UROP, the scheme offering research internships to undergraduates at the University of Reading, are closing today, March 31. This programme gives students the chance to participate in research projects led by academics, gain a wide range of transferable skills, and kick-start their career in the area of their interest.

Two of the students who participated in the scheme in 2016, Francesca McPeanne (Education) and Hamza Abu-Elmagd (Pharmacy), took their research projects further and, after being selected as overall winners at the Undergraduate Research showcase event last November, presented the outcomes of their research work at ‘Posters in Parliament‘ in Westminster during March.

The annual exhibition, hosted by University College London, showcases some of the best UG research in the country and saw 52 students from 27 universities display their research to a range of MPs and higher education policymakers. While Francesca’s project explored the controversial ‘bilingual advantage’ in word learning, Hamza’s work focused on evaluating stakeholder experiences of pharmacists in General Practice clinics. His poster was one of eleven research projects to be shortlisted for the overall Posters in Parliament competition on the day and was awarded joint third prize by the judging panel, which was made up of leaders in the higher education and research sectors.

A growing number of universities are engaging their undergraduates in research. Reading remains at the forefront with 2016/7 being another record breaking year for the number of UROP applications received and the number of projects being funded across the university.

Posters in Parliament, Photos by Kirsten Holst

Posters in Parliament, Photos by Kirsten Holst

Try out the summer internships

If you were standing in the queue for the Summer Ball tickets on the cold 23rd day of March, you certainly noticed the Careers Gazebo. From 11-2pm the team bravely faced the wind, welcomed passers-by, and handed out hundreds of goody bags.

The gazebo was put up on the occasion of the Summer Sorted scheme. This Careers programme was created for you to gain professional experience during the summer. If you are interested in research projects, then UROP is the programme for you. However, you may want to build up your working experience; in this case RIS is the way to go. Get started and apply for the internships on offer because the closing date for the UROP opportunities is March 31 while some of the RIS vacancies will expire on April 4.

What are the benefits of doing a summer internship? Professional development is the main one. Add to it all the people you will meet and the insights into your area of interest. In the long run these advantages will increase your chances of securing the job you want after graduation.

Until then, seize the opportunities and make the most of your summer!