Mondays are fine, you hate working…
By IMA on Mar 02, 2015
I think this is a life ambition everyone tries to achieve. I’m a student at Leeds Beckett University, studying Business Management. I really enjoyed the marketing modules on my course. So when the opportunity to do a year’s placement at a marketing agency came along, I jumped at the chance! Luckily I managed to land a great placement here at Intermarketing Agency.
Since starting just over eight months ago, I’ve been introduced to the marketing world, agency life and all the responsibilities that come with working in such a fast-paced company. No two days are ever the same when you’re surrounded by creative geniuses, copy gurus and account managing masterminds (and that’s just to name a few). You can almost hear the cogs turning as they come up with amazing, imaginative ideas and solutions!
Over time, I’ve felt myself breaking free from my sluggish student ways and ‘typical student’* status. Before I knew it, 8am starts weren’t a problem anymore. I actually look forward to getting to work, and wearing my new favourite Monday slogan t-shirt.
‘Mondays are fine, you hate working’
Not that I don’t love students and the trouble-free, student lifestyle (I’m still a student at heart after all). But it’s very easy to fall into the student trap; when nine hours of lectures a week become a real chore and meal times are based around which takeaway is on offer.
When getting my placement, I was lucky. It took a lot of determination and rejection before finally hearing the words ‘you’ve got the job’ (and great words they were). Despite the lengthy applications and tough online tests, I cannot stress enough how worthwhile doing a placement is! The university offer a lot of help with the process from beginning to end, and support you throughout placement. Whether it’s tweaking the CV you’ve read through a thousand times or helping to secure accommodation in a new city, they’re there to help… So let them.
Marketing is a fascinating side of business to work in. One I now definitely want to get into after I finish my degree. Mix that with the variety of jobs you get working in an agency and the results of what you could be doing day-to-day are endless. For me, it can be anything from briefing something weird and wonderful into creative, to researching the latest in digital technologies, or chasing up media specifications to meet looming print deadlines.
I’ve gained so much from the people around me, and gathered a vast amount of invaluable real-world experience from working on campaigns for a variety of clients. It’s been a huge learning curve, and I would recommend the experience to everyone with the opportunity.