I wanted to try something new
At Coventry Business School, each of our courses offers the opportunity to take a placement between your second and third years. Robyn Wright, Marketing BA (Hons) student, secured a year-long placement with Canning House. We caught up with her to find out more.
My best interview tip is always look in the news. Any candidate can reel off examples of communication…but to show a genuine interest and knowledge about a company is more impressive.
Why a placement year?
One step ahead! By having a year of experience this would not only improve my skills and knowledge but also put me that step ahead when applying for graduate schemes.
What support did you receive from the Employment Support Team at Coventry University?
Lots! I received support in drafting my CV to interview preparation. Even after starting my placement the team was always on hand via the telephone or when visiting me on my placement.
What were your responsibilities?
Co-ordinating the events; everything from the project idea all the way through the fruition of the event.
This involved sending out invitations, booking catering and venues, liaising with speakers, locating appropriate speakers when people drop out last minute and then dealing with issues on the day.
What skills did you develop?
My role was the Events Coordinator at Canning House, they run about 50 events a year ranging from breakfast meetings to half-day conferences.
So I gained a lot of experience with my organisation and communication skills but also my customer service skills.
I also develop tactile and diplomatic skills from working with different clients. Also working within a smaller organisation definitely gave me a lot more responsibility and I felt more confident coming back for my 3rd year.
What advice would you give to students who are contemplating a year in Industry?
Go for it! It can be extremely challenging trying to compete with lots of applicants; this gives you that added extra.
Finally, best interview tip?
I would always look in the news. Any candidate can reel off examples of communication and teamwork but to show a genuine interest and knowledge about a company is more impressive.