Hi everyone, my name’s Jane and I’m currently in my third year studying Public Relations at RGU. As part of my course, I am in my last few days of a six week work placement. I have been working in the RGU Communications Office and have loved it! I’ll share with you some more about what I’ve been up to on placement and what my thoughts are as it comes to an end.
My course is one of many at RGU which offer a placement in the third year of the course. This is something which really appealed to me when applying to university as I wanted as much experience as I could get before graduating. RGU is a great university for trying to get students ready for the world of work when they graduate as well as the focus on the taught side of the degree.
I was lucky enough to secure a placement with the RGU Communications team. From the moment I set foot in the door everyone in the office have been nothing but welcoming to me and I felt like a part of the team straight away!
Something I have loved about my placement is how hands on I have gotten to be. From my first day, I have been tasked with a variety of interesting work and responsibilities such as writing press releases, getting involved with The Bulletin and working on a newsletter for the new School of Creative and Cultural Business. I have also enjoyed the opportunities I have had to get out of the office and go to workshops and exhibitions to take photos and speak to the people involved.
I have been very fortunate that I have managed to get a placement on which I feel that I am learning knowledge and skills that will be extremely beneficial to me when I graduate. There is a lot of writing involved in the job which suits me a lot better than creative work. Something that RGU take into account when they send your CV to potential employers is what kind of role you would most like to work in and particular sectors that you may like to avoid. This should hopefully mean that everyone ends up somewhere they enjoy.
Like many students, my timetable at uni has always been quite flexible, usually only being in for a few hours a day with a few days off throughout the week. Therefore I’m sure you can all understand my hesitation at committing to six weeks of working full time! I can honestly say that even giving up your weekday nights out is totally worth it!
If I was to give any advice to future students it would be to definitely take the opportunity to do a placement if you get the chance! I feel like my time here has been invaluable for preparing me for the world of work. A placement gives you an important taster in to what it is like in the workplace and in particular what your future career could entail. Not only that, but it also looks great on your CV! It is important to bear in mind that the majority of people on your course are all going to be graduating at the same time, with the same degree, with some looking for a job in the same place. Having relevant work experience on your CV can make you stand out from the crowd and get you ahead of your competition!
My six weeks with the RGU Communications team have absolutely flown by and I can’t believe it is coming to an end! I’ve always dreaded graduating uni and having to get a “grown up” full time job, but knowing that I have definitely chosen the right field for me and what a variation of work I could be doing has definitely made me more enthusiastic and excited for the future!