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How the support I got helped me get the most from my placement

BSc in Management with Marketing student India Lister on the support and opportunities she’s received during her professional placement at Firebrand Training.

A portrait of India Lister at Firebrand Training's office.
Professional placements allow you to use your skills in a real work environment

Being a Digital Marketing Assistant at Firebrand Training during my placement has been one of the highlights of my time at Bath.

I have a really varied role. I work between the sales and marketing teams, so I go from distributing data to sales to taking part in global marketing meetings with managing directors and senior members of staff. I enjoy this because I learn from a diverse range of people, while finding out about lots of areas of business.

Support from the start

The School of Management’s Placements Team helped me get my placement at Firebrand. I found out about the company through their huge database of placement providers.

They helped me to apply too. The Professional Development Programme (PDP) was really useful. There was advice and tips for things like CV writing, preparing for interviews and finding available opportunities. Companies come to the University as part of PDP, so I got a real idea of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to do it.

I found out lots about Firebrand through PDP, and the Placements Team even put me in contact with a placement student working for the company at the time. This was great as I got a different insight than I could have got from a lecturer.

Their support hasn’t stopped since I’ve been here. I’m in London, but the Placements Team don’t feel far away. They’re always quick to respond to questions or problems and their support made it easier to settle in.

Learning and working

Being a part of the team at Firebrand is brilliant. Firebrand provide accelerated IT and project management training alongside digital apprenticeships.

We focus on data protection and cloud and cybersecurity training, and I’ve even been able to experience this training during my placement. I’ve sat in on some of these courses and they’ve helped me narrow down what I want to do in the future.

Going on placement is really rewarding. I’ve been able to put what I’ve learnt at university into action and gain knowledge I’m sure I’ll use in the future.

A placement is a great opportunity and you get the most out of it by throwing yourself at the opportunities on offer. Even if areas of business you've not been interested in in the past come up, it's well worth having a go. You never know what you might learn.

This has been my first ‘real’ job, so the experiences I’ve had have taught me loads. It’s been a useful way to learn about how a real business works every day. I now have a better understanding of the working world ready for when I graduate.

A placement is a great opportunity and you get the most out of it by throwing yourself at the opportunities on offer.
India Lister BSc Management with Marketing with placement at Firebrand Training (2018)

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