Applying for the student placement role
Although the characteristics of this role were different to the requirements for placement on my course, due to other commitments, it was imperative that I found a placement with a location in close proximity to Nottingham.
I applied for the role of Aftercare Business Development at ICE via the NTU inPlace service. Following the submission of my CV and a relevant cover letter, I was invited for a first interview.
The first interview was largely focused around my CV. I was questioned on the content of my CV, why I was interested in the role and my personal and professional aspirations.
Following a successful first interview, I was asked to prepare a presentation which would be relevant to the role and present this to members of the company.
Following this presentation, I was asked to return to ICE for a third interview to further discuss my prospects of employment with the Managing Director (Chris Simpson).
The first 2 weeks
I initially completed a two week induction period; this induction was very structured, which I was very impressed by. I was able to visit all the departments in the business, meeting and receiving brief explanations of each employee’s role within the business. I also learned about the wider market, competitors and our products. This gave me a greater appreciation for the role, as I then had contextual knowledge which supplemented my understanding of my day-to-day role.
As time passed, I was given increasing responsibility and higher profile projects to work on. There are two main aspects of the Aftercare Business Development role: supporting the Aftercare team via market research reports and refining processes, and working on projects that influence the whole business. A significant benefit in this role is that you are regularly involved, in some capacity, in operations in a variety of departments- not just one area of the business.
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