To introduce myself, I am a 2nd year BA Management with Marketing student applying for marketing roles within the technology and professional services sector. Over the summer I tried to gain as much work experience as possible in a variety of sectors so I could have the best preparation for my placement year and find out what area I wanted to work within.

During first year my interest in marketing was developed within my role as Publicity Officer for Exeter University Big Band. As a result I applied to work as a Marketing and Recruitment Assistant within the Business School, starting from September, which is a part of the Student Campus Partnerships here at Exeter. Fortunately I was successful in my application and through working 15 hours a week I have gained first-hand experience in operating in a professional environment before my placement. Alongside this responsibility I have been fitting in studies, Women’s Rugby and being a Treasurer on Extunes Committee while finding the time to socialise!

I started looking for placement opportunities at the end of August as many companies had already opened their applications. Preparation in first year, such as attending CV and Cover Letter workshops alongside employers talks, was extremely beneficial in my applications for IBM, PwC and Intel. Employability sessions at the Business School enhanced my ability to convey and apply previous experiences within these applications.  My passion for the technology sector, specifically CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security) within IBM,  in combination with a lot of hard work has led to securing a Marketing Placement with International Business Machines (IBM). During my role I will be one out of three interns within Interactive Experience at IBM Southbank. I am so excited to be living and working in London for my third year and it is such a relief to have a placement before Christmas!

The application process for the role was long but very enjoyable. I would highly recommend using the careers services available at the Business School as my confidence was significantly increased following an appointment with an employability officer at the business school career zone.  As a result of this meeting I was put in touch with 4th year students who had returned from placement with IBM the previous year. Understanding what was required and gaining insights into how IBM assesses candidates made me feel a lot more comfortable in the final stages of the application.