Lauren Cook has spent her time as a Manchester Met Intern working as a Marketing and Promotions Officer for the Futures Skills Award. We chatted to Lauren about the skills and experience she has developed during her internship and she gives her advice for anyone thinking of applying for the scheme.

Lauren

Why did you decide to apply for an internship role at Manchester Met?
While I have always known that I want to work in Higher Education, I wasn’t sure exactly what role I wanted to work in after I graduated so I sought the advice of a Careers Consultant at Manchester Met. After learning about the wide variety of opportunities that an internship has to offer, I decided that it would be really beneficial to work within a university to make sure that a career in Higher Education was right for me.

Where was the role advertised and what was the application/interview process?
The role was advertised on mmu.ac.uk/jobs. After learning about these opportunities from a Careers Consultant earlier in the year, from the start of June I ensured that I regularly checked this page for upcoming internships. For my interview, I had to give a presentation on how I planned to increase awareness of the Futures Skills Award. This was a five minute presentation in front of the Manchester Met Futures Manager and the Pro-Vice Chancellor for students and was a great way for me to voice my ideas.

What were the key responsibilities during your internship?
As the Marketing and Promotions Officer for the Futures Skills Award, I have a wide number of responsibilities which vary from day-to-day. I manage our social media accounts to ensure that our content is current and informs students of our upcoming events. I also list our events on My Career Hub to try and reach as many students as possible. I run competitions to promote the Award and to encourage students to engage with us. Another big part of my role is to co-ordinate our team of Student Ambassadors to promote the Award to current students whilst liaising with our student film makers, graphic designers and bloggers to create new materials and resources to promote the award scheme. The list keeps going on!

What advice would you give to final year students who are thinking to apply for internships at Manchester Met?
I’d say to go for it! The internships are so varied that there is honestly something for everyone and they act as a perfect interim job whilst you find your feet in the graduate job market. Manchester Met is a brilliant place to work as there are plenty of opportunities for you to develop your own skillset, shadow colleagues and discover your talents.

Looking back, what advice would you give to our final year students to better prepare themselves for the interview process?
University is about so much more than just your degree. You really need to make yourself stand out from the person stood next to you and to keep a list of everything you have been involved in. If you do this, it will be much easier for you to fill in application forms and answer questions in an interview as you’ll already have a list of examples where you’ve demonstrated certain key skills to draw from. There are so many free opportunities for you to get involved in so it’s definitely worth taking some time out to try something new, volunteer and get some work experience as you never know where it could lead to!

If you are graduating in 2016 you can apply now for paid internships at Manchester Met! Check out the roles available here. More vacancies will be added over the coming weeks. 

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