Rock Shin on placement at Platinum Property Partners in Bournemouth

Where are you from?Rock 1

South Korea

Where is your placement  and what is your job title?

I’m working as a Marketing Assistant at Platinum Property Partners, located in the heart of Bournemouth.

Why did you choose this particular work placement?

I didn’t really fully appreciate what and how a sandwich placement could impact me and my future. At first I only saw it as an opportunity to add a bit of practical sizzle to my academic record but now I know that it is a wonderful chance to diversify my knowledge base, link my academic course to industry, which will play a vital part on my personal and professional development.

What do you think you have gained from undertaking a work placement (both in relation to your course and personally)?

First in terms of the relevance to the course, it was very helpful witnessing and also actually getting my hands on both the planning and execution of a marketing campaign, particularly in delivering a tailored message for the right target audience. Personally, working at a property investment company has helped me to better appreciate the importance of strategic planning, not only for my career but also for financial security. I have gained valuable insight that I will be able to apply.

In a nutshell, the level and quality of the experience I’m gaining from this placement year is absolutely above any previous expectations. The experience has, and will continue to, take me to another level of awareness for my personal and professional future.

What support have you received from BU when finding/while on your placement? In what way has this helped?

I found the CV/cover letter review sessions priceless. It was really helpful in making my CV simply look more professional, boosting my likelihood for being called up for an interview.

What advice would you give to anyone considering a work placement as part of their course?

The last thing you should do is to sit in a corner and cry after being declined for an interview or receiving a sorry letter after your interviews. If you didn’t get accepted to what you applied for, it is even better for you because it wouldn’t have been an ideal place for you anyway. So in a way it has drawn you closer to the job that you will absolutely love. Don’t despair, keep going.

3 words to sum up your placement so far

Life changing, Value changing, and Goal changing

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