Archive | October, 2016

Blog about blogs… a.k.a Placement Students in Action!

We at the Placements Office love seeing the work that our placement students produce. Blogs are a big part of today’s culture, both professionally and personally – you’re reading one right now! – so naturally, some of our students are creating content for their employers’ blogs whilst on placement. Today we bring you two of those blogs.

Will is doing his marketing placement at RateMyPlacement, an organisation that is familiar to anyone interested in placements (if you aren’t familiar with them yet, visit their website ASAP, you won’t be disappointed!) He regularly writes posts to the RMP blog, you can see one of them here.


Theo and Holly are on a placement at Fresh Relevance, and have written this blog post about what it’s like doing marketing for a company whose business is to offer clever marketing tools for online retailers. You can read their blog post here.


As you can see, blogs are a great source of information, whether you are currently applying for placements, on one already and eager to find out what other placement are doing, or even f you’ve completed your placement and considering your graduate job options.


Mazars: an introduction

This post was written by BSc Accounting and Finance w/placement student, Toby Sayers

For the academic year 2016/17, I will be the Brand Ambassador for Mazars UK at the University of Southampton. In this role, I will be the point of contact for many students in the University, should they have any questions about Mazars as a company, what they can offer or even who they are. Representing Mazars on campus, jobs include promoting activities, internships and assisting with making students more employable.

It's my job to represent Mazars on campus

It’s my job to represent Mazars on campus

 So, who are Mazars?

Mazars are one of Europe’s largest accounting firms, reaching globally and ever increasing in size and stature. Employing over 17,000 people and stretching across 77 countries, Mazars can offer a career a wide range of service lines.

  • Specialises in Audit, Tax and Advisory
  • Also offers Legal and Accountancy services
  • 19 offices in the UK
  • The 8th largest accountancy firm in the UK (by audit fee income)
  • Widely international company
  • Acts for 17% of the FTSEurofirst 100
  • Audits more FT Global 500 than any non ‘Big four’ firm

Why would I be interested in Mazars?

Mazars are an ever-growing company that continuously looks to take on new, fresh minded individuals.

To do this, Mazars offers a large range of industrial and summer placements, and has plenty of vacancies left across the UK in Audit, Tax, Advisory and many more. In these, Mazars can improve upon your technical and analytical skills, while letting you thrive in the working environment.

How can I apply?

If Mazars interests you, visit for more information about the firm, and how to apply. Should you have any further questions or would like help with your application, Mazars will be at the careers fair on the 20th October – I will be there along with an employee from Mazars. Should you have any questions, contact:

Toby Sayers



Motorbikes and marketing placements

This post is written by third year Marketing student Scott, currently enjoying a placement at BMW Motorrad.

scott-bmw2I have been working at BMW Motorrad as a Digital Marketing Assistant for 4 months now and I’m finding it hard to believe how quickly the weeks are flying by; I’ve also found that the weekend flies by even faster!

As a Digital Marketing Assistant, I am responsible for maintaining the national website for BMW Motorrad and all of their social media accounts. I am also in charge of the advert creation process and this has led me to create several adverts that we display on popular motorcycle websites.

As part of my day-to-day, I will perform website updates to make sure that all of the information displaying on the website is correct and up-to-date. This also includes the creation of new web pages that display information relating to our current offers. During the week, I create the communication bulletin
that I send out to each retailer and this lets each of them know about changes that they need to keep an eye
out for. In addition, I will liaise with a variety of agencies that we use and brief in new projects that need to be completed in preparation for bike launches and events etc.


Despite my job title, I have also had the opportunity to work at and organise events for the company, both of which have been great learning experiences in themselves. Although it was stressful at the time, I was given a lot of responsibility in organising our new bike training event for each of the retailers at Donington race circuit and it was great to see the event come to realisation.scottbmw1

A particular highlight of my placement so far would be working at the Moto GP in Silverstone at the beginning of September, as this was an event I always watched on television growing up. If you haven’t been to a Moto GP before I would seriously recommend it and watching it on television doesn’t do it justice in the slightest!

Later this year, I will be working in a Motorrad retailer in order to see how this side of the business operates and at the start of next year I will gain experience working at one of our agencies, which in turn will benefit me in my current role and help me with deciding a career path. I am also looking forward to getting my motorcycle licence through BMW Rider Training by the end of the year.