From English graduate to marketing intern, V Formation’s Amy Cooper discusses the importance of internship placements and what they are really all about (and it’s much more than making coffee and photocopying).
When I graduated in the summer of 2017, I was left feeling uncertain about my future. I was struggling to find work opportunities that would put me on a career path and I kept being met with the ‘at least 2 years’ experience in office’ hurdle that oh so many graduates shudder at the sight of.
Towards the latter end of the summer I received an email from the University of Nottingham advertising the Nottingham Internship Scheme. The scheme involves hundreds of SMEs that employ graduates, with incentives including:
- to gain fresh perspectives
- to assist with a large project and/or;
- to provide a gateway to full-time employment.
The Internship Scheme receives funding from Santander Universities and therefore a grant is also awarded towards the cost of employment.
I applied to V Formation after reading the job description and seeing that it matched my interests and related to past work experience. The 10-week internship allowed me to plunge myself into the world of marketing, I gained so much experience in many areas including but not limited to:
- writing blogs and website content
- search engine optimisation (SEO)
- data cleansing
- meeting with clients
- working with CRM systems and databases
- editing photographs
- organising events such as The Family Business Awards
And I went from never having heard of GDPR to suddenly having a wealth of knowledge on the topic.
There is so much to being an intern. It isn’t just standing at the photocopier and making hot drinks. It’s a way to fill the gaps in your experience, form new valuable networking relationships and apply yourself to a field and see if it is something that suits you.
Following my 10-week internship I was offered full-time employment and am now a Marketing Assistant in the V team. I now carry out client work and am constantly improving my skills and knowledge and I look forward to growing with the business.