Archive | March, 2018

Real Responsibility: A Millennial’s Insight into an Industrial Placement

This post is taken with permission from the Xerox Connect blog. To read the full original post, please click here.

In the United Kingdom, university students in their penultimate year are able to apply for industrial placements with companies all over the world for a full year of work. This counts as their third year and, once their placement is done, they go back to university to complete their fourth and final year.

“The placement program is an unbelievably invaluable asset,” Rhiannon Thomas, Entry Programs Specialist, explained. “Not many 21 year olds can say they’ve had a full year’s worth of work in a global and corporate environment with real responsibilities, and a clear impact from the start.”

Emma Walker is studying marketing at University of Southampton. This year, she is a marketing and events executive for our Global Experiential Marketing team. Within her first three months on placement, she had experienced the initial planning, event set-up and break-down, as well as providing constant end-to-end support of the INKjet-setters Summit 2017, a global, annual Xerox marketing event in Marseille, France.

“If it wasn’t for Emma, I would be completely lost,” Jane Campbell, Event Operations Manager, said. “If she didn’t have to go back to university, I’d keep her on full-time.”

“If a recruiter from an events management standpoint were to compare Emma’s CV to an average university student’s after their standard three years and minimal work experience,” Joanna Adams, Associate Recruiter, explained. “Emma would be at an incredibly huge advantage.”

Not to mention the wonderful reference that Jane will provide.

“Industrial placement programs are designed to give students support, development opportunities, and maximum exposure to the corporate environment,” Joanna pointed out. “Students get involved in the very heart of the business from the onset.”

Industrial Placement Programme

Pavan and two Xerox students (Joe left and Justin right) at a careers fair.

All of these aspects are a goldmine for a potential recruiter. Especially for companies that have graduate schemes, which are similar to industrial placements. A three-year program, the graduate scheme is designed for young people with Bachelor’s degrees, and helps them grow into specialist roles.

“Students who have previously completed an industrial placement are at an incredible advantage when applying for these positions,” Rhiannon said.


My Placement So Far: The Yes Yes Company – Part 2

This post was written by third year BSc Marketing student Pia

I have currently completed just over half of my placement at The YES YES Company. As the only placement student, my role is both diverse and original. Being solely responsible for a variety of tasks means I am able to have a real influence over my areas of responsibility. I have been presented with the opportunity to learn a great deal about an industry that I never thought I would, and the fast growing nature of the business has made my experience both fast paced and exciting!

Learning to use various online platforms such as Hootsuite and Mailchimp has supported my work and widened my digital marketing knowledge significantly, providing me with a valuable skill set that will benefit me following my degree. I have particularly enjoyed designing and implementing monthly email campaigns sent to over 50,000 direct customers from across the globe. Having the ability to generate revenue and communicate with customers directly is extremely rewarding and certainly rare in a placement role.

Aside from managing our email calendar and social presence, I have also been involved with many other aspects of the business. Highlights include visiting the Ocado head offices to assist the delivery a sales pitch, and learning more about the product development process through getting involved in new product meetings. Experimenting in a wide range of digital and non-digital marketing tasks has given me the perfect opportunity to find my niche.

YES doesn’t only live up to its ethical status through its certified organic products, but also through its truly moral values, making it a pioneering and ‘one of a kind’ company in the industry. Aside from these wonderful qualities that YES has to offer, the working environment is also one that cannot be faulted. The open plan office is set in a converted barn in Hampshire, and generous offerings such as fortnightly yoga classes in the office, and the opportunity to work a 9 day fortnight are just an added bonus!

I feel extremely lucky to be working for such an original company with truly ethical values which reflect my own. I look forward to what the coming months have to offer, and will be very sad to leave when the time comes!