Written by Kareem Belfon, Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Careers Service.
Where did the time go?! My 12 month Marketing and Communications internship at the Careers Service has come to an end and I’ve finally bagged a new job. Before I close this chapter and say goodbye to Careers, I thought I’d pull together a quick playlist that perfectly depicts my 12 month MGT internship. A careers blog that doubles up as a pre-drinks playlist? Genius.
Gossip – Get a Job
As the great mind Beth Ditto once said: “I’d love to stay and party but I’ve got to go to work.”
Finishing Uni and figuring out what I wanted to do next was pretty stressful. But if I wanted to stay in Manchester, I had to get a job. Having to look for graduate level work and find a flat at the same time left me feeling pretty uncertain at times. However, with a decent CV and some research, I applied for an MGT role within Careers.
Sugababes – Overload
The first week of my internship was fun, but very hectic. I met everyone, found out what they did and got an insight into what my internship will be like. Lots of names and LOTS of acronyms. It felt like information overload, but it quickly got better. Before you know it, you’ve learned everyone’s names and know exactly how the office is run.
Britney Spears – Circus
I was always busy during my internship. I’ve written countless blogs, sent out emails to every student at the Uni, filmed and edited videos, helped organise events, created marketing campaigns and met tonnes of great people working at the Uni. A personal highlight was working on the circus themed My Future Fest in February. I got to shape an event and independently design the artwork for it, which will look great on my CV. I didn’t think my internship would lead to me assembling a 10ft big top entrance, but here we are.
Jungle – Busy Earnin’
Simply put, my MGT internship pays the bills. I’m renting a nice flat and I’m not living like a skint student anymore. It’s great being self-sufficient and seeing a nice sum of money enter my bank each month. I know that a lot of people get stressed out about wanting to stay in Manchester and not knowing how they’ll afford it. My internship solved both of those problems, with a few quid leftover to treat myself every now and then too.
Katy Perry – Bon Appetit
Offices are filled with snacks. I ate all of them.
Dolly Parton – 9-5
The 9-5 life has its perks. I like the idea of routine, so getting up early never really bothered me. Inevitably, I found my concentration dip at points throughout the day. If you find this happening at work, just ask to go for a walk to regain focus and clear your head. It takes time getting used to the 9-5 routine, but I found it a lot better than the 8pm library sessions I used to do everyday in final year!
Carly Rae Jepsen – Making The Most Of The Night
Coming home, jumping on the sofa and watching Love Island every evening is NOT making the most of the night. 9-5 life might leave you feeling knackered come 5pm, but it’s important to stay active after work. Go to the gym! Read books! Go to the pub! Make sure your day isn’t consumed with your job.
Moving On – Anna of the North
So, my internship is nearly over and I find myself back in the same position I was in a year ago – looking for jobs and struggling to think I’d ever find one. However, my internship gave me so much to put on my CV that I could apply for jobs that I’d never be considered for without it. Now, I’m off to work for a healthcare communications agency, all thanks to the skills I learned on my internship. Cheers MGT!