Archive | September, 2017

My Placement So Far: William Grant and Sons UK

This post was written by third year BSc Business Analytics student Emma.

Insights Executive at William Grant & Sons UK.

I started the first week in August (08/08/2017) which is a little earlier than the usual term at UoS meaning I had a slightly shorter summer but I was eager to get started. This actually had many benefits, including having a few weeks cross over period with the previous placement student, Sam. This gave me time to soak up Sam’s knowledge, giving me a head start into my duties as I am the only intern in my department. My team are extremely friendly and welcoming and straight away I got to attend lots of events with the company such as dinner, an escape room and even got to attend Bestival 2017. This helped with getting to know my colleagues personally as well as the brands they work with.

The early starts weren’t as difficult as I expected, I drive every day to the offices in Hook which at first seemed daunting but it was most cost effective for me, however, I know Sam used to take the train everyday as he lived closer to the station. Ensuring that I got an early night was very important and I had to quickly let go of the late night Netflix addictions and partying until early hours of the morning. Already I have learnt a lot about being responsible and having a strict routine with my life, ultimately growing up, and especially at William Grant & Sons I can say that some of the outings we have together definitely make up for it, it is by no means a boring placement or team.

On a day-to-day basis I work with database software to grab data on our brands and categories that have been requested of me, the insights role is very computer based, looking at data and interpreting it. As I am on Business Analytics degree, this fits perfectly. However, that is not to say that a Business Marketing degree for example wouldn’t fit, but I would recommend being comfortable with data and spreadsheets. I expect ill finish being very efficient with excel but this is something you can learn whilst working with it. I’ve just started to dip my toe into a few projects so I’ll catch up when I can tell you more about some of the things I’m involved with.

Overall I’d say that although it’s a different lifestyle to university, its allowed me to mature into a working lifestyle but the little perks that WG&S offers makes it much more fun and after all, unlike university, the weekends are completely yours (no need to revise!). I’ve already been offered lots of opportunities to take part in courses which will aid my degree and add value to WG&S as well as the events and meals with the team and I’m only a month in!

Wishing you the best of luck with your placement search! I started attending assessment days in Oct 2016 but took until June 2017 to find something, placements I was close to include Virgin Media, Microsoft, JP Morgan, The Yes Company and many more smaller companies. Don’t give up, start early, and learn from the rejections. Trust me, you’ll get loads, I got more than my fair share before finding the perfect place! Resilience is key!


My placement so far: London Sport

This post was written by third year BSc Marketing student Andrei, currently on placement at London Sport

17 July was the beginning of a new chapter for me. That day I started my year-long placement with London Sport and embarked on an incredible journey, aiming to make London the most physically active city in the world.

My career goal is to work in the sport industry and when I heard about London Sport and their Marketing and Communications Placement, I knew that I had to apply. Once I got it, I looked forward to starting, but I didn’t really know what to expect from it. However, the surprise of finding out what kind of projects I will be working on was a very pleasant one.

In my second day with London Sport, I already had an article published on the website. Since then, as my work for the company has been appreciated by the team members I’ve been involved in some extremely interesting projects.

Firstly, a lot of my work so far was in the branding area of Marketing. I supported with the House of Sport Interior Branding project and you can read more about this on my blog. In addition to this, I project managed the design of An Active Inclusive Capital, strategy that was successfully launched on 24 August. I learnt a lot during this project and faced my first unexpected crisis since I started my placement: on the day of the launch, we received 750 copies stapled in the wrong order. Fortunately, our team managed the situation successfully and we got 600 other copies – this time correctly stapled – and ready for the event and within a matter of hours before the launch!

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Andrei enjoying a pitch tour at Wembley before Challenge Cup Final

These projects were the first time when I worked with a creative agency and to do this kind of Marketing work was a fantastic opportunity for me, that allowed me to put to the test the knowledge from the Marketing courses at Southampton.

Secondly, I got the change to produce content for the London Sport’s social media and website. This – and also writing a lot of emails – helped me to improve my writing skills and build on the fantastic basis accumulated during the #UOSM2008 module.

Last but not least, London Sport gave me the chance to attend a big number of events dedicated to marketing and sports. I attended The Drum’s Sport Briefing which was a landmark event for the sport marketing sector. However, the highlight is completing a pitch tour at Wembley, before the start of the Challenge Cup Final and standing just near the players as they were receiving their medals and trophy.

After a month of working for London Sport, I can agree that I made the right choice. Apart from getting the chance to be involved in the projects described earlier, the company has a great social side too. We had a ‘Welcome and Good-Bye party’ for the new and old interns and went several times for drinks after work. However, there are a lot more social opportunities to explore with an office in the heart of London and a great group of people to spend time with!

I will keep you updated with my experiences at London Sport. Until next time you can follow my blog, for more insights from the projects that I am working on and the events that I am attending.