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Chantelle Argent, studying BA (Hons) English, is currently on placement at Discover Networks International. We fired a few questions at her to hear what she says about her experience!
- Where is your placement and what is your job title?
Discovery Networks International – Marketing Services Intern
- Why did you choose this particular work placement?
I chose to apply for this placement because I really wanted to gain some experience in the media industry, particularly in TV or film. The Discovery Channel is a reputable, world renowned media company, so I saw it as an amazing opportunity to get my foot in the door.
- Can you tell us about how the university helped to support you whilst finding your placement? How is it when you were out on placement?
In terms of finding a placement, there was not as much guidance as I thought there would be, but I don’t see this as a negative thing. I expected that the university was almost going to find a placement for me (naïve as that sounds), but I am glad that I was left pretty much to my own devices to research and apply for positions of my choosing. The university offered great resources that informed me of the best places to search, and how to refine my CV and Cover Letter. I feel I am much better prepared for finding a graduate job after having gone through the daunting, yet enthusing, placement search!
It is easy whilst on placement to almost forget that you are a student, but regular contact from my placement development advisor has ensured that my BU responsibilities are always kept in mind. I feel like if I ever had any trouble on my placement, I would know where to turn, and would feel comfortable talking to my PDA.
- What advice would you give to anyone considering a sandwich placement as part of their course?
I would advise anyone to really consider taking a placement year. I feel considerably more prepared for the professional world having undertaken a placement of this length; it is a great head start for your career and definitely boosts your employability and allows you to develop yourself.
I know the search can be very difficult and disheartening at times, but I would advise those looking for a placement to give up and to really put their all in to the application and interview processes.
Also, don’t worry too much about being daunted by entering into a placement year, from my experience, I can say that you are given a good amount of support and training and are not expected to take on too much too soon.
- Can you please give us three words to sum up your placement experience.
Challenging. Gratifying. Motivating.
Thanks for speaking with us this afternoon Charlotte, it’s been great learning about you’re experience as a Marketing Services Intern!