Archive | July, 2017

Placements so far: Apple and Coty

As students start their placements for 2017/18, we’re sharing stories of their placements so far. Today, Annie and Tobie share brief insights into their first weeks at Apple and Coty:

This post was written by third year BSc Business Management student Annie who is enjoying her placement year at Coty.

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Today marks 10 years of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume! I was greeted this morning with a limited edition Daisy desk drop, with a flower, mini mirror and info card. There has also been a prize draw to win exclusive Marc Jacobs clothing items, exciting polaroid opportunities, a Marc Jacobs candy floss machine and much more to celebrate Daisy’s success!

Candy floss, anyone?

Candy floss, anyone?

This experience isn’t rare in the Wimbledon offices as Coty continues to engage with and be proud of its impressive portfolio of brands.  I have been working in my Retail and Sales placement role for less than two week and yet have already; learned so much about Coty’s prestige brands and the fragrance industry, gained valuable skills and developed my understanding of important software, met so many friendly people and been fully welcomed into the Coty work family!

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This post was written by third year BSc Marketing student Tobie who is enjoying his placement year at Apple.

I have just started my fifth week at Apple, working as an interactive marketing producer. So far, I have been working on updating various web pages for them across 30+ different countries, requiring careful localisation using translators, developers and validators. My role also includes content publishing within YouTube and direct email.

It is great to get an insight into Apple’s extremely rigorous processes, and the way in which they simplify every part of their marketing message to fully engage with consumers. I am looking forward to taking on more responsibility as the role progresses and also moving to London in September to be closer to the office.

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My placement so far: IBM

This post was written by third year BSc Marketing student, Dom, on placement at IBM.


Today marks exactly one month since I started my placement with IBM. Honestly, I can say that It’s been one of the scariest, most full-on and most challenging months of my life, but ultimately, it’s been one of the most rewarding 31 days of my life so far and am so happy that I changed my course to include this year.

Coming in to such a well renowned, multi-national billion-dollar company like IBM and doing a job I had no experience with, naturally I was nervous. These nerves were immediately put at rest by my welcoming colleagues who kept telling me to ask lots of questions, because trust me, I had a lot!

Dom has already been writing blog posts for IBM, less than one month into his placement

Dom has already been writing blog posts, less than one month into his placement at IBM

In terms of my development I can already see a huge improvement in myself. From writing a blog published to the IBM internal blog page for thousands of ‘IBMers’ to view explaining the new, exciting update on a product. To writing the script for a new video containing an extremely technical use case to be published onto one of the main YouTube channels with 11,000 subscribers. These, as well as a wide range of other tasks and opportunities have led to me developing massively, and at times hearing myself speak and questioning who have I transformed into?

All in all, I have enormously enjoyed my first month here and if the next 11 are anything like this I will be a very lucky guy. I recommend IBM to anyone looking for a placement, because if it goes anything like how mine is so far, you will have a great year.

As students start their placements, we’ll be sharing more stories like Dom’s. Interested in a placement at IBM? Check the jobs board.

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My placement so far: Fresh Relevance

This post first appeared on Sophie’s own placement year blog

I have started this blog to document my year, which I will be spending as a marketing intern for a business called Fresh Relevance. This is part of my BSc Marketing course at the University of Southampton. I am on a sandwich placement course, meaning that my course is four years long, as opposed to the usual three years, and  this year (my 3rd) is spent in a full-time, 12-month marketing internship.

So I got the exact placement I started second year wanting. I knew I wanted to stay local in Southampton, and that I wanted to try out working in a B2B environment. I also wanted more experience with digital marketing and the opportunity to do more blog writing. These four requirements led me to Fresh Relevance, “marketing hub for online retailers”. It was the one application I made knowing that I’d take it as soon as an offer came through, and after receiving an alternative offer I made the decision to ask for a week to decide, giving me time to chase Fresh Relevance, asking them to hire me.

Today I am 3 weeks into my placement, about to start my 4th. Almost a month in. Almost 1 down, 11 to go. It’s going fast. But how is it going? Right? Is that not what you want to know?

OK, so it’s going brilliantly. The entire workforce is amazing, and so supportive of one another. We are all coming together each day to keep the business moving and growing, and keep it as great as it has been for the past four years. The marketing team specifically is an incredible hub of support, and my boss Nanci is at the centre of it. We may not be in the same room every day but we speak every day without fail and she could not provide Ben (the Graphic Design intern) and I with better guidance.

In my first three weeks, I’ve learned and achieved a number of things. I’ve written and published my first blog post for the business, I’ve taken control of 3 of their different social media sites, I’ve led a demo call for the Fresh Relevance service, to prove that I understand what the business does and how it does it. I’ve used the service myself to create and implement smart blocks in emails, I’ve composed and sent multi-message emails to existing email lists, I’ve attended meetings, visited the office in London, and pitched ideas for blog posts and new social media uses to my line manager. I’ve also made edits to the business website.

It’s been a busy 3 weeks and it’s been very tiring but also very exciting. I’ve completed HubSpot certificates and have gained 20 brand spanking new LinkedIn connections. There have also been some great social opportunities. We’ve been to the local pub as a marketing team, and an entire business a couple of times, we’ve had a BBQ with the rest of the University of Southampton Science Park, we’ve been for a work lunch in London, and we went for drinks on a Friday after work in London to celebrate Theo’s (my former) last day with Fresh Relevance.

This blog is going to be dedicated to documenting my progress at Fresh Relevance this year, I will be writing in it between weekly and bi-weekly, dependent on what I see appropriate considering how busy my weeks are. I hope you enjoy following me on my journey, who knows where I’ll end up.

Until next time.

This post first appeared on Sophie’s own placement year blog
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