Work Experience Blog - Gemma Blank

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 marketing function.

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 events.   

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.

On Tuesday 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 blog.

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 future.

Wednesday 3rd 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.

Thursday was 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 rules.  

Over all this was a very enjoyable day due to the atmosphere from Rollits clients and staff.

Friday, my 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 Rollits.   

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 appreciative causes.

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 are.

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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