Work Experience Blog - Gemma Blank
I am a pupil from Hymers
College, I have just finished my GCSE's and will be going into year
12 next year. I chose to come to Rollits to do a week of work
experience in marketing.
I began my week of work
experience on Monday 1st July with Pat Coyle who is the director of
client relations. Her main role involves leading and managing the
On Monday I
began with some of the less challenging jobs such as taking the
paper names out of the plastic badge holders from a previous event
in order for them to be easily used and accessible for future use.
I was also given marketing reports to put into date order. Although
this seems tedious it was very interesting to read about the
different members of staff being invited to various places by their
clients and the types of relationships that have developed through
the social side of many people's job which seems to be one of the
high lights but is also vital to help achieve a sustainable
company. Places ranged from Hull City games to lunch at the Hotel
du Vin in York.
That afternoon I was allowed
to sit-in in two meetings which surprisingly were completely
different. The first was an internal meeting with only members of
staff. The discussion was about the progressions of being able to
store data such as client's contacts in one place and being able to
collaborate two different data systems. I have to admit I didn't
really know what was going on and because of this it seemed to last
a long time however it showed that even small companies have to
ensure that they're keeping up with technology to obtain the best
systems and easiest functions for their staff.
In the second meeting I was
lucky enough to be involved with a man from a branding company
-Eskimo Soup. This meeting was more like what I had expected
marketing to be about. The meeting was to discuss designs for new
banners and decoration for upcoming
From this day I learnt that
marketing isn't what I expected and that in fact it isn't just
about the branding and advertising of a company.
2nd I spent the majority of my day preparing for a presentation at
the end of the week on how I think Rollits should present
themselves and their information about law at a school careers
evening in order to encourage students to speak to Rollits
representatives rather than other law firm's representatives who
are also there.
Pat also showed me how to
update and add articles to the Rollits website which seems to
me a complicated process, however, she assured me once you get used
to it, it's not, it's rather simple.
That day I attended a meeting
with a lady involved in recruitment and also began this
My last task of the day was to
go through the surveys of past events and collect the feedback in a
table by using a tally method. This showed how well rated and
attended the events were and how to improve them in
was a little more exciting. With the Rollits Golf Day on Thursday
4th, there were some preparations to do. In the morning I learnt
how to laminate, this was for the signs and posters with
competition rules and sponsors on. With these laminated sheets, I
then had to hammer pins into wooden sticks, attaching these sheets
to make stick in the ground signs.
Further preparations for golf
were typing up the handicaps and their translation to ¾ handicaps,
not that I know what a ¾ handicap is.
a nice day helped by the weather being kind and the sun shining.
The Golf Day was a relaxing day for me as my job was to help pin
the signs up and help sign in the golfing teams. Teams had a set
time to sign in and tee off so with teams slowly coming to sign in,
there was nothing too stressful to do. Signing in involved
checking the player's handicaps and explaining some basic
Over all this was a very
enjoyable day due to the atmosphere from Rollits clients and
last day, I prepared for my presentation which started at eleven
o'clock. The topic of my presentation was how Rollits could improve
on the way they present themselves and their information at a
schools careers evening. Hymers annually have careers evenings
which Rollits attend to which meant I was able to speak from my
personal experience of attending the careers evening and
After doing my presentation, I
had the task of writing a press release about the Golf Day I went
to on Thursday. I enjoyed writing this as I myself experienced the
day's atmosphere and was a witness to the amount of organisation
and effort that Rollits as a firm had put in to make the day so
successful and raise the money they did for such worthy and
The week was definitely a
worthwhile experience. Not only have I experienced general office
life and office jobs but I have also learnt a lot about the
marketing career and just how diverse the jobs within marketing
I have enjoyed many aspects of
the work experience such as helping on the Golf Day, sitting in in
meetings, preparing for my presentation and even having my own
office for the week. Although
at the moment I have confidently ticked marketing off the list as a
career I do not want to do, I believe that is what the work
experience process is about.
Posted on: 19/07/2013
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