As a university student I get a number of months off for the summer. I didn’t want to waste my summer lounging around the house; instead I decided that a marketing internship would be the perfect opportunity to gain relevant skills for my degree, (History) as well as looking great on my CV.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from working in the marketing department, my fear being that I would be required to create artwork on the computer, something which is not my forte. However whilst I have had to produce eye catching adverts to post on social media and design infographics this has not been my only role. I have covered a variety of tasks including working on a project with the rest of the marketing team which involved creating emails, sending out letters and helping with the general preparation. I have also learnt to schedule social media posts which involves finding relevant articles from “how to write a CV” to the latest news in the recruitment industry. I then schedule all the posts on our social media platforms (Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn) for the following week.
Being part of the marketing team meant that I have had the opportunity to experience what a work environment and office setting is like. By working in the head office of the company I have been able to observe how other departments operate, and get a real feel for what will be expected of me when I enter the working world.
All of the staff at Swanstaff has been very friendly and welcoming. This has allowed me to enjoy the social side of work as well, which has ranged from lunches at the pub on a Friday to the summer party held at Lingfield.
To anyone thinking about doing an internship I would recommend doing one as I have had a great time and I have also learnt valuable skills that I can carry into the future in whichever career path I choose to take.