Towards the end of last year, I wrote a blog post around my preparation for an upcoming expedition to the Indian Himalayas that was taking place in July 2017. I have now been on that expedition and thought I would write another blog to share some of my photos and a little bit about my experience.
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.
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.
Situated close to King Street, Ardmuir Trinity Court is the closest RGU accommodation site to beautiful Old Aberdeen. It is a prime location for students with lots to do within a short walking distance, while also being peaceful without the noise distractions of living in the city centre. Speaking from personal experience of living in both Ardmuir Trinity Court and other RGU accommodation, I have been able to appreciate and enjoy the many advantages of living here. (more…)
The Look Again Festival returned last week for the third year running. Unique from previous years, this festival began with Look Again @ Garthdee Campus, with things like exhibitions, talks, workshops and more going on around the University. (more…)
The opportunity to pursue a placement year was something that attracted me to RGU right from the start, when applying to university. The thought of gaining industry experience in place of 3rd year study was something I knew would stand out on my CV and hoped it would give me a better understanding of the types of career options that are available after university. Also the chance to be earning a salary while still being a student is a massive bonus! (more…)
Aberdeen is taking Christmas seriously this year! So if you haven’t already explored the various festive attractions around the city, here is an overview to let you know what is going on. (more…)
One of the key things that sets RGU apart from other universities is its employability figures. By focusing significantly on building the skills and work experience that employers look for, RGU students graduate with strong attributes on their CV. Throughout a year of applying to various industrial placements it has become obvious to me how important it is to be continually improving your CV while still in uni. (more…)
Last month, secondary students from various schools across Aberdeenshire attended a Pathology day in RGU’s biological science labs. The students listened to short introductions before getting involved in practical experiments across three workshop areas. Each included experiments that would be typical in the 1st year of an undergraduate course of BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. (more…)