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How I got my job: Digital Marketing and PR

Lucy Bolland

Lucy Bolland graduated in 2017 in MA Advertising and Marketing from the University of Leeds. Currently an Outreach SEO & PR Specialist at Hub MDP she also has her own blog Life of Luce. Before moving to Leeds to study she completed a BA in Public Relations at the University of Sunderland.

My first graduate job

In September 2017, roughly two hours after handing in my dissertation, I bagged myself a role as a Marketing Assistant at a designer ladieswear shop in Sheffield. I ultimately wanted to stay in Leeds, but with huge competition from other graduates and no real digital experience other than my own blog and social media channels, I began to realise how I may have to make personal sacrifices at this early point in my career.

In my first role since graduating from my masters, I discovered more about a website’s CMS (Content Management System). I’d very much recommend setting up a blog before graduating, as I already knew the basics of navigating a websites backend which really helped me with my first role.  I also learnt the basics of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), which would then lead me into my next role.

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How I got my job: PR Account Executive, Cream Consultancy

Joseph Scott

Joseph Scott graduated from the University of Leeds in 2017 with a degree in English Language and Literature. After attending a couple of appointments at the Careers Centre he applied for a role as PR Intern at Cream Consultancy, a listing he spotted on the Careers Centre vacancy website.

My Role

I am a PR Account Executive for a small PR, digital and communication agency called Cream Consultancy which operates out of an office in the Leeming Building on Vicar Lane, Leeds. I have been working in this role for six months in addition to my initial paid internship in August. My role has a lot of responsibilities and diverse tasks which aim to support the Directors and Account Manager in their work with clients. The role of Account Executive exercises many skills and I am developing my writing, communication and customer service on a daily basis.

My Path to PR

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Getting into… the PR industry

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Lucy, HR assistant at PR company PHA media talks about what steps you can take to kick start your career in the PR industry, whether you have a relevant degree or not. If you’re interested in a career in PR, read on and don’t forget you can come and talk to us for additional guidance.

The PR industry is exciting, fast-paced and always on the lookout for graduate talent.

PR has something for everyone. Whether you are a creative media graduate, an English student with a flair for writing, or a sports fan with an interest in events. Many graduates are considering a career in PR because of its wide subject area, it’s focus on creating exciting news pieces, and the fact that no two days are the same.

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How I got my placement as a Press Office Assistant

Hannah Cowton (studying Theatre & Performance at Leeds) is currently on placement as a Press Office Assistant in the PR Department at Kia Motors UK.  She is running a vlog during her placement year and has kindly produced a video for us outlining how she got her placement, what it involves and her advice for other students looking for placements.

Remember, we are here to help you with all things career related.  Check out our website for further details of how we can help you and for tips and advice on placements and work experience. You can see Hannah’s other posts and follow her vlog on her YouTube Channel.

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How I got my job in PR

Jessie Powell

Jessie Powell recently graduated with a degree in Politics, and is now a PR Account Executive with KOR Communications. Here she explains how getting involved in a range of things at university helped her explore different career ideas and land her current job.

Working and earning my own money had been important to me since a young age, so when I began studying for my degree in Politics, I continued to work as a sales assistant at Paperchase, as I had done whilst at school. I was keen to develop a strong body of real work experience alongside my academic profile and this was a positive starting point for doing so.

Gaining experience to complement my studies

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How I got my job: Digital Communications Executive

Have you been looking into an industrial placement as part of your degree? In this blog post Erin Lovett explains how speculative applications really can pay off.

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I’m on a year long industrial placement at Engage Comms, a digital communications consultancy based in Otley.  As soon as I found out about the placement year opportunities at university I knew it was something that I was interested in, and I started looking for vacancies on the Careers Centre vacancies system and other internship websites in January of my second year.

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