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Emma W.
Language and Linguistic Science
English Language & Linguistics
BA
James
2012
United Kingdom

About this profile

Engagement Manager
Plunkett Foundation
United Kingdom
Advertising, marketing and PR / Charity and voluntary sector
Small business (0-49 employees)
2017
£26,000
£26,000

About the job

What I do

My role oversees events, communications and membership and I am responsible for bringing them all together to form an engagement strategy to get new members and encourage more communities to be inspired by our work.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Communication - Talking to colleagues, building relationships with external suppliers and writing formal documents for the company. It is such a broad skill but being adaptable and learning the in house style has helped me develop my writing.
Time Management - One of the hardest skills to truly master but I feel I have made great progress. If I have something very important to do I do it first thing before even looking at emails. And I make sure I always leave work on time.
Creativity - Challenging what the company has done before in an effort to rethink ideas and ways of doing things. Coming up with ideas in a culture where it is very much 'We've always done it this way' can be hard but very worthwhile when you succeed.

What I like most

Meeting new people and understanding their backgrounds and their communities. I enjoy coming up with new ideas, campaigns and plans and I like when these then go on to be implemented and are successful.

What I like least

The office can be super quiet and some days this is really demotivating.

What surprised me most

There is a real mix of people who have been working at the charity for a long time, which is both challenging and helpful.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

I saw this job on LinkedIn when I set up a job alert on there. At the time I was looking on all social media platforms and on Indeed and Reed websites. I had also signed up to several agencies, although they didn't prove very fruitful.

How I found out about the job

Online jobs board

The recruitment process

Formal application letter and CV, followed by a first and second interview.

My career

My career goals when I graduated

To work in an organisation where I could make use of my communication skills and be creative.

My career history

2012 - 2013: Graduate Boarding House Assistant, Headington School
2013 - 2014: Marketing Assistant, Headington School
2014 - 2016: Marketing Assistant, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
2016 - 2017: Marketing Manager, Prolinx Limited
2017 - Present: Engagement Manager, Plunkett Foundation

What has helped my career to progress

Volunteering outside of work in my local Rotaract group, completing various professional courses, saying yes to new opportunities, talking to more experienced people for advice.

Courses taken since graduation

2013 CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing
2015 CIM Certificate in Digital Marketing
2016 Shaw Academy Diploma in Social Media Marketing

How my studies have helped my career

Helped me think in different ways, using frameworks and models, as well as drawing on real life examples. They have also pointed me towards useful resources or blogs which I check regularly.

What surprised me about my career so far

I never thought I would actually get to work in a marketing/communications role even though that was the dream.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I have now reached my goals of working in a Marketing department for a charity so in the next 5 years I hope to set up my own business and to be able to share my knowledge and expertise with other small businesses and charities.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Be open to different opportunities. Don't just look at the job title. Volunteer in your spare time to gain new experience. Find a mentor.

My advice about working in my industry

I would say marketing is a varied industry. Increasingly it is becoming more competitive and more closely aligned with sales. This brings about more targets and pressures within departments. On the whole, it is an enjoyable sector and offers good all round experience - the skills you use in the job are transferable to many industries.

Other advice

Work out what is important to you as a person, your core values, then choose an organisation which reflects many of your own values. It will make you happier in your job.

Contacting me

Ask me questions about career development, finding jobs or marketing specific queries. Happy to mentor students looking to get into marketing or anyone considering it as an industry to work in.


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