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
Are you enrolled on a 4 year programme with a placement year or considering transferring to one? We have some key tips to help you plan your placement adventure before you leave for the summer
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Finding work experience in journalism, especially in the music industry, can be a daunting prospect. But it can be done as third year English Literature student, Laurence Green, has proved. With a good deal of planning, exploiting the power of Twitter and taking full advantage of the opportunities that he found for himself, Laurence has gained a foothold in the industry – including work experience with NME and Q magazine.
Laurence has written a great piece for the Guardian Careers website about how he went about his task – it’s required reading for anyone who is serious about a career in journalism.
Starting out in music journalism: from work placements to popstar interviews (published 29 November 2011).
There are a number of thing you can do outside of the classroom during your time at university that will help towards securing your dream graduate job.
Volunteering abroad is a great experience and looks great on your CV – and so does volunteering locally. Approach your university, local charities and not-for-profit organisations to gain relevant industry experience. For other industries, network professionally and set up a week’s work shadowing during reading week, or two days a week at a local agency.
Get part-time work
A part-time job gives you the facts and figures to back up your well-writtengraduate CV, and you never know what connections you’ll make through your work.
Make the most of media
Contribute to university media outlets. There are multiple opportunities ready for the taking on campus, including: writing for the university newspaper, hosting or producing a university radio/TV show or getting involved in the annual fashion show.
Take on a Responsible Role
Consider holding a position of responsibility within a society or at the student’s union. This will tick the voluntary and the work experience box on your CV and enhance your people and communication skills.
Play a sport
Represent your university at national and international competitions, or just play for fun. Playing a sport show’s future employers that you’re proactive, a team player and passionate about something other than work or education.
A lot of graduates avoid doing sales, but it is some of the best experience you can get. Sell tickets for university events and develop your negotiation and relationship building skills. A lot of careers involve working with people, so being able to communicate effectively is often essential.
Create a strong profile on LinkedIn and check your privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re looking for a job in the creative industries, get involved with Pinterest, Instagram, follow what’s going on in the industry, and contribute.
This is particularly relevant if you’re thinking about a career in PR, marketing, editorial or otherwise. Improve and promote your writing skills and show an employer you’re willing to invest time in a project. Go one step further and use Google Analytics to track your blog’s progress and quote these stats in an interview if you hit a large number of sessions on your site. Sites like wordpressare free and easy to use.
Start your own business
This may sound like a huge undertaking, but it can be part-time. Tutor other students, sell things on eBay, get involved in competitions seeking entrepreneurs and put your ideas forward to gain feedback, visibility in the industry, media and potentially funding.
If you’re looking for a graduate job – or to hire an intern – now contact Inspiring Interns, we’re the UK’s largest graduate recruitment agency, having placed over 5,000 graduates. Here is a full list of our graduate internships in London.
My RED Award Experience
by Arianna Chatzidakis
Although the RED Award may sound like a lot of work, it’s actually super easy and fun to complete! I am currently in the process of doing it for the second time. Yes, fifty hours of extra curricular activities does seem daunting, but once it’s broken down it’s actually really simple. Thirty-five of those hours can be made up from work experience, paid work or an internship. The remaining hours must be from volunteering and attending training and development courses run by the university.
I really enjoyed volunteering as a Freshers’ Angel to gain my volunteering hours. It felt nice to be able to help new students settle in, as we’ve all experienced moving away from home and being thrust into a new environment. Not only that, but I got free entry into the Union and Fresher’s Ball events as I was helping out on those nights. You also get to meet lots of new people.
As well as looking brilliant on your CV and degree transcript, the RED Award provides you with some great life skills. It shows that you have the dedication to complete a task, it provides recognition for your extra-curricular activities, it helps you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs, and it generally helps you build a wider skills portfolio. It’s definitely something to think about doing before you finish your degree!
A work experience placement can be a great way to start yourself off on a new career path and offer you an opportunity of future employment in that sector if you approach it in the right way.
To find out what they had to say, please visit the link
It can’t be denied that volunteering experience is an essential and worthy addition to anyone’s CV, especially for graduates.
A recent Timebank survey stated that 73% of employers would recruit a candidate how has volunteered, over one without, while a staggering 94% also believe that volunteering can improve your current skill set.
Of all the volunteering opportunities out there, nothing can compare to being a festival volunteer, With most of the 700+ UK festivals filling their staff positions with volunteers, they need your help now more than ever.
Not only do you get to enjoy the festival outside of your working hours, but with such a variety of festival assistance needed, you could be working in a role that could benefit your future career.
Roles can vary from the traditional stewarding, bar work and wristbanding, right down to site decoration, reception work and behind the scenes work as a runner.
When you’re not enjoying the festival, many volunteers also receive free meals during their shift, as well as separate camping and shower facilities. Working hours can vary from three hours a day to two sets of 12 hour shifts, with some roles requiring your help before or after the festival, meaning you can enjoy the full event in it’s entirety.
There is often no need to worry about missing your favourite bands either, as the friendly nature of the teams means that many will often swap shifts, or work something out accordingly.
Another benefit to festival volunteering is that no past experience is needed, as all staff receive full training, which can be seen as a free and introductory insight into how large and small scale events are run. When future employers see volunteer experience on your CV this shows adaptability and a candidate with a strong sense of team spirit.
To find out more about festival volunteering, including the chance to read testimonials from those who have volunteered in the past, check out the Wikifestivals Volunteer Page.
Wikifestivals is a not for profit organisation that aims to inform young people about how to find permanent or temporary work at festivals.