My name is Sophie and I am a 4th year International Hospitality Management student at RGU. I was lucky enough to attend the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland conference recently which was such an inspiring day!
So it’s time to reflect on my university experience. I’m now 2 years graduated (crazy – time flies!) and I’m about to tell you a little bit about my final 2 years at uni. (more…)
So it has come to the end of my university experience. I can hardly believe it. This year has been so quick I don’t feel as though I have left yet. It still feels as though there is more to come! I think part of that is down to the fact that you are in this whirlwind for 8 months. (more…)
My journey to Robert Gordon University started in the summer of 2016. I searched frantically for schools in order to further my education after my national service in Nigeria. After considering a couple of schools, I decided on RGU based on factors like tuition, course content and its location (oil capital of Europe); the admission process was also seamless and easy. (more…)
It’s been a while since I have last updated everyone about my course. Last year as some of you might know, I began a placement with the RGU Marketing team as a copywriting assistant. It was an amazing year and it went in the blink of an eye. Now I am back at university studying Management with Marketing, and have already finished my first semester. (more…)
Throughout the Fashion Management course there are many exciting opportunities, with industry experience highly encouraged. It is key to be resourceful and use your initiative in finding these experiences. The Fashion Management Facebook page is a useful tool with lecturers alongside past and present students posting current job offers. (more…)
It was June 2016 when I had my first day as a Student Ambassador (SA) at RGU with the Marketing team. We were organising Open Day for the potential students for the next year. I had received a briefing for the Open Day in advance and again on the event morning. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and we were expecting around 350 to 400 students and parents coming to RGU to meet staff and have a tour of the campus. (more…)
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…)
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.
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…)