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Placements and Graduate Jobs – Jargon Buster

It can be very confusing when applying for work experience, placements and graduate jobs; there is a lot of technical language or words that seem similar. This blog will help you navigate around some of the terms commonly used in applications.

Jargon Buster

Jargon Buster

This is the person applying for the position – you. You may also be referred to also as a prospective employee or job seeker. In cover letters, it is always a useful idea to explain why you may be the perfect candidate for the position you are applying to.

Private sector and Public sector opportunities
Those in the private sectors are corporate companies there to usually make a profit. Public sector opportunities usually fall under government contracts and legislation such as working in the NHS, councils or state schools.

B2B and B2C

Business-to-business sales describe the process of one business selling their services/products to another business. In contrast B2C sales are those between a Business and consumers. A company can be both B2B and B2C too!

Psychometric tests
Psychometric testing refers to the process of measuring a candidate’s relevant strengths and weaknesses. This form of measurement is primarily employed to assess employment suitability, including company-candidate fit. Unfortunately, they can be a little complicated and timed (usually ranging from fifteen to thirty minutes per test).This can include numerical tests, behavioral questions and many others. The trick is to practice all these type of tests as much as you can before the real thing!

FBL Placements - Tests

FBL Placements – Tests

Competency Questions

This is a very common process for large companies who offer opportunities for students and graduates. It can be defined as your core strengths or the specific skill set you need for the position. Normally they can ask you for particular examples of when you showed a specific personal quality such a leadership or team work.

Assessment Centre

An assessment centre is a technique used in the selection of candidates for a job in an organization. It is most often used to help determine which employees have the potential to be promoted into management positions. It employs a variety of techniques and multiple observers in a closed setting. The Careers destinations at the University of Southampton offers assessment centre practice and CV workshops.

Remuneration/ Benefits package

This usually can be defined more generally as the job or positions’ salary but may include non financial perks such as a company car, free transport or even a gym membership.


If you work in sales or marketing, you may get commission. You have a basic salary and for every sale you make you get a percentage of the profit. The more you sell, the more you earn. You have more motivation, which is good for you and for the company.

With regards to any term or phrase you do not know in any application, it is always best to do some research or ask someone for advice. The placement office at the University of Southampton is always open to help you with interview tips, CV improvements and much more.

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Featured Internship – Disney

Laura is one of our students who is currently half-way through her placement year with Disney. She gives us a little insight into her tasks and the magic behind them all…

Once upon a time in a land known as Hammersmith, there was a magical place called The Walt Disney Company where they employed lucky interns from faraway places all around the kingdom….
I have always been a big kid at heart with a passion for classic fairy-tales, adventure and imagination so when I was told I had an internship with Walt Disney I couldn’t have been happier! I have now been working at Disney in the Studios EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Marketing team in Hammersmith for almost 10 months. As the EMEA Studios Marketing team we work across all Disney franchise titles which include; Disney Animation, Disney Live Action, Disney Toon, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Film across a variety of countries. We have a wealth of new films releasing and I have been lucky enough to work on Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6, Cinderella Live Action (released March 27th), Avengers: Age of Ultron (April 24th) amongst many others that will be releasing in the next few years including Star Wars: Episode VII, Inside Out, Ant-Man, The Jungle Book Live Action and Finding Dory – all very exciting!!


Disney – Minnie Mouse

My role works predominantly with the Studio Marketing Leads on European campaigns, projects and global conferences across all titles. I work closely with the Owned Channels (Disney Channel,, Disney Mailer, etc) creating TV spots for Disney Channel, using Disney Channel cast members for PR opportunities, creating competitions on the social media pages, etc. I also work with the promotions team here at Disney to ensure we have good collaborations with partners on an EMEA and UK level (including Swarovski, Sky, Max Factor and many more). Twice a week I am involved with market research where we track each of our titles from 8 weeks before their release in terms of awareness and interest amongst various audiences. Amongst my main duties I often get involved in Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Media, and even have been lucky enough to work with writers and producers on the scripts before the films are even made.

As the EMEA Marketing intern I often speak to various markets mainly France, Italy, Germany, the UK and Spain (where my Spanish skills are put to the test)! I also PA occasionally for the VP’s of Walt Disney Studios – which can be challenging alongside my role but gives me great exposure to the heads and all aspects of the company.



Across the whole company in the Hammersmith headquarters there are over 130 interns so there are always many social events as well as Studio Team and charity events to attend and help with. We are also lucky enough to have competitor films play in the Disney cinema every Tuesday – I am definitely going to resent paying for the cinema next year!

So far there have been lots of exciting opportunities for me to get stuck into. Some of my greatest achievements so far have been from developing digital social campaigns for Big Hero 6 with the hashtag #IFoundBaymax, producing detailed market tracking reports, to working alongside Swarovski to create a stunning Cinderella touring exhibition.


Disney – Big Hero 6

Cinderella has by far been my most exciting title to be involved in to date. Already a global success and the number one movie worldwide, it is set to release in the UK this week on Friday 27th March! The movie elevates the classic story in a spectacular live action world, re-launching Cinderella as strong, courageous, aspirational and relevant. It is a fresh, exciting and must-see movie event – I love it!


Cinderella’s shoe

For the last few months we have been planning the beautiful Cinderella Touring Exhibition which is now live in Leicester Square and is a grand immersive experience which takes you behind the scenes of the brilliant film making, production and stunning costume design. We worked with the amazing Swarovski on this exhibition who provided 1.7 million crystals for the costumes to add the Cinderella sparkle to the film! More information can be found here and you can also order your free tickets to go and see it yourself!
The last few weeks have been crazy busy with the Cinderella release and I have been privileged enough to attend the press conference with the cast and of course the spectacular premiere where I was meters away from the charming Prince himself, Richard Madden (who many of you would also recognize from Game of Thrones) and Cinderella, the beautiful Lily James.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Disney so far and not just because of the amazing exposure I have to the entertainment industry but because of the great opportunities I’ve had in a marketing role. My team have been brilliant at getting me involved; I’ve had good insight into diverse areas of the business working with various teams and partners and I have also made some excellent contacts within Disney and agencies for the future. I will miss the daily routine but hopefully it will help me get to the library early for a productive days work when I return to uni! I have gained valuable skills and now understand the importance of working hard, being organised and attentive to detail.


Magical Horse Carriage

I have four months left in the Disney castle and am very much looking forward to the next few projects I have coming my way! Especially those involving Avengers: Age of Ultron & Inside Out.

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What to wear for an interview

Dressing for work or interviews and assessment days can be really daunting and stressful. At the FBL placements office at the University of Southampton, here are some tips with our very own University of Southampton models:

1. Prepare your outfit in advance
Ensure you know what the expected dress code is. It may be very formal and corporate but some industries or informal interviews may not be as strict. It is always better to go over dressed than under-dressed but if you are very unsure you can ask.

2. Wear smart shoes
Ensure that you wear classy shoes that are clean, appropriate and comfortable. Stick to black, brown or nude shoes.

Smart Shoes

Smart Shoes

3. Wear a business suit or a smart dress

Depending on the occasion, wear something corporate such as a suit or business dress. Make sure you wear something clean and with inoffensive colours or patterns. It’s also really important that you wear something that fits –  a baggy suit or a dress that is too tight averts the attention from you as a fantastic candidate.



4. Wear a smile
Although you may be nervous, there is nothing better than a genuine smile to increase your personal confidence and to show prospective employers you are personable and pleasant – just be yourself!



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Creme eggs, internships and university work – Tips for a successful Easter

With Easter approaching next week, there is mutual agreement that the days are getting warmer and longer; at last the worst of winter has gone.  Spring has arrived but academically, its almost the end of the year – just one final leap!

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FBL placements – Final Leap

The FBL placements office know that Easter is a crucial time for a student regardless of the year or subject: Here are our 5 top tips to make sure you have a successful break.

  1. Write down what you want to achieve

4 weeks is a long time, it can be helpful to write a few tasks you would like to achieve in that time. Perhaps to gain some part time work, apply for graduate jobs , summer placements or simply to revise a certain number of hours per week.

  1. Contemplate a placement or work experience

Easter is a fantastic time to get some more work experience. The University of Southampton offers the excel placements but you could also research your local companies to see if they are recruiting.

  1. Check deadlines

Deadlines come in all shapes and sizes and during Easter, it’s easy to loose track of important dates. Make sure important calendar events such as student finance payments, interviews, and coursework deadlines after Easter are at the forefront of your mind. Some applications for summer placements and jobs also end around April time so keep your eyes opened.

FBL placements - Easter calander

FBL placements – Easter calander

    4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

This can also be a slightly busy period of the year but there are many people to help you at university of Southampton, friends and family. At the FBL placements office we are happy to help and give advice on topic such as placements, internships and CV advice.

   5. Enjoy a good work balance

Make sure you have some time off as well as keeping on top of all the work. This holiday is a time to refresh yourself before semester 2 exams and the summer so enjoy the better weather and friends. It is Easter after all and chocolate has been scientifically proven to aid stress and work – so Creme eggs are a recommendation.

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FBL placements – Creme egg

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