Month: September 2017

Preparing to travel to RGU – an Indian checklist

I remember July 2016 very vividly, as I was trying to jump ships from one degree to another. It was a matter of travelling halfway across the globe and my only source of information about life in the UK was the internet. I would like to use this post to share with you information I have gained and experienced about education and living in the UK. (more…)

Finishing First Year Midwifery

This September I finished the first full year of my midwifery course, and so much has happened in that time. I sat an exam, I failed essays and passed essays, I moved into a new flat with 3 fantastic girls, I’ve worked in 3 different hospitals during 4 clinical placements, I set up my own Netflix account and I have delivered 10 beautiful babies. (more…)

End of my placement year with the RGU Marketing Team

So it has come to the end of my placement with the Marketing team. I can hardly believe it. It’s crazy to think that it was a whole year ago I was sat waiting for my interview. A lot has happened since then, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. (more…)

End of Placement Year

Three months into my industry placement, working as part of RGU’s marketing team, I wrote a blog on my initial thoughts and feelings around my placement. I am now coming to the end of my placement and this blog will discuss my experiences and what I have learned from a year in industry.

To think about what I have gained from this year, it is important for me to look at the new skills that I have been able to learn – and to start thinking about how I can apply them in the future.  My job role was to provide visual content to assist the marketing team, which included photography, video production and animation. I started the placement with a rudimentary knowledge of photography and video based on personal interest, but quickly felt my abilities improving. Looking back on the work that I was producing at the start of the year compared to that of now, gives me confidence that my capabilities to produce a various types of digital content has improved greatly.

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Perhaps one of the most beneficial parts of working as part of a marketing team has been to opportunity to learn from the people around me. The team has changed considerably throughout the year but that has allowed me the chance to meet and work with professionals from a number of different backgrounds. Everyone I have worked with while on placement I have found to be extremely supportive and friendly which has helped me to grow in confidence as the year has gone on.

Studying International business management has meant that my course is quite different to the actual tasks that I have had on placement, while the coursework modules have allowed me to relate my practice to theory. Overall I found my placement to be very enjoyable and I believe this was a direct reflection on my grades as I got A’s in both the placement itself and the Management in Practice coursework. As much as I have enjoyed my placement year and gained a lot of useful experience, I do not feel that it necessarily means digital marketing is a career path that I see for myself in the future. Despite this, doing placement will greatly help me in returning to 4th year as real-life experience of what makes up the different functions of business will help me to be continually thinking about my work in a practical context – but keeping an open mind.

 

 

I know that placements are drastically different between courses but I believe the chance to gain industry experience whilst still being a student is a great opportunity offered by the University, which already has good ties to industry. Speaking for myself, I would encourage anyone to seek out a placement as you really do learn a lot. You learn skills that can make you stand out in the future and attain insight that you would not necessarily get the chance to fully understand from attending lectures and classes.

Thanks!

Stewart

Offshore Europe 2017

This year I attended Offshore Europe 2017. This event takes place at the AECC in Aberdeen every two years and it is one of the biggest events that take place in the city. As Aberdeen is the Oil and Gas capital of Europe thousands of people attend this event to visit the stands of hundreds of companies related to Oil and Gas. (more…)

Top 5 Tips for Freshers Week

Freshers is such a fun time for everyone and can be slightly overwhelming. Here’s my 5 tips to help you get through the two weeks of madness! (more…)

WELCOME TO #RGUFRESHERS 2017!

It’s that time of year again, when we all pile back onto the 1 & 2 bus to campus in time for inductions. We’ll welcome thousands of new and returning students over two fun-filled weeks! Freshers marks the start of the academic year introducing you to lots of new friends, societies, activities and Aberdeen! Student life can be so much fun if you get involved. (more…)

Gray’s Masters Show

Until the 7th of September the Art & Design Masters degree show will be exhibiting work from a number of students studying the contextualised practice course at Gray’s. This will showcase the work of both current graduating Master’s students and those progressing on to do their second year. (more…)