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.

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




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

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!


Internships: How you’re missing out on an easy route into work

Owen Wright, Digital Marketing Executive at Intern Avenue owen

“Have you been put off internships because you think they are unpaid?

Don’t be.

Unpaid internships are illegal. And they’re dying out.

The Law

If you, as an intern, are adding value to a company, you have to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. “Expenses covered” doesn’t cut it. Basically anyone who isn’t just on under-16 work experience, or shadowing another employee, should be paid for their work. Employers are now realising this and most of them are now paying their interns accordingly.

The Bad Guys

Some are still trying their luck. The Government don’t police it well at the moment, and some industries are worse than others (Fashion, I’m looking at you…)

An unpaid United Nations intern was infamously forced to camp outside their Geneva office as he couldn’t afford rent. The story raised its ugly head again recently, with the UN now under increasing pressure to change their policy. Last week, Ivanka Trump (that name just won’t go away will it?) caused outrage by tweeting about how to live as an unpaid intern, with an article written by her own unpaid intern. The fact that those from wealthier backgrounds are often the only ones who can afford to work unpaid seems to have been lost on ‘daughter-of-a-billionaire’ Ivanka.

However, with the bad press becoming stronger, and the House of Lords now pushing for the law to become tighter, fingers crossed all interns will soon be paid.

Okay, so why should I get one?

The importance of internships when starting your career can’t be overstated. Employers want to see experience on your CV, and interning is a great way to pad your resume out with that valuable experience. Once you have your foot in the door, it will make it so much easier to get that full time graduate job. Of course, if you impress the employer that hires you as an intern, chances are they will convert your internship into a full time job (or offer you a job after graduation if you are still a student).

The largest employers have realised that they can use internships as a 3 month long ‘interview’, where they get to see you in action in real working situations. After 3 months, they will know whether you are right for them, and so can hire you without the risk of it being a bad hire. Obviously, making sure you work as hard as possible in those 3 months will give you a great chance of securing that graduate job. 90% of PwC’s interns get offered a full time job upon completion, so it is a great way into these big companies.

Internships are also a great way for you to work out what kind of career you want. They can give you a taste of what is required to succeed in a certain industry, what your colleagues could be like and what the work is actually going to consist of.

I would encourage everybody to complete as many internships as possible. Don’t be put off by negative press or silly celebrities saying you should work for free – there are lots of fantastic paid internships available than can really enhance your CV and your long-term job prospects.”


Intern Avenue is an internship and graduate job platform that advertises paid, quality roles. Our matching technology will show which jobs are relevant to you and your skillset and will inform you when the perfect job becomes available.

This article has been provided by an external organisation, as such the views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre.

Volunteer at PIP Mountain Bike Challenge 2016!

On Saturday 15th October, PIP runs its annual Mountain Bike Challenge event through the Chilterns beginning and ending in Henley!

Approximately 100 riders will be raising money and PIP want students from University of Reading to get involved! The increase in riders this year means there is a higher need for volunteers. As such PIP are looking for 50 volunteers in various roles on the day.

Volunteer roles include course stewards, registration and meet and greet as well as tidying and setting up.

Pursuing Independent Paths (PIP) is a charity that helps adults with learning disabilities achieve their potential. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year (raising £35,000 last year) and is essential to funding our core training service for adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Thinking of undertaking the RED Award next year? The PIP Mountain Bike Challenge 2016 is a great opportunity for students to bank a significant number of work experience hours early in the academic year!

Travel expenses will be covered and all volunteers and riders will receive a free t-shirt, an information package and briefing on the day and food and drinks after the event.

You can register to volunteer HERE.

Get involved!