Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Rosie Toe's Marketing Placement at

This is a guest post from Rosie Toe who has just completed a placement at as part of her Year in Business degree at Royal Holloway. Rosie is studying BSc Management with Marketing (Year in Business) and I very much enjoyed visiting Rosie at the VERCIDA offices in London and hearing from her manager about the excellent work she had been doing during her placement. In this article Rosie tells us about some of the key projects she has worked on, the benefits she sees in working for a SME and also links to an article she wrote for VERCIDA about how to spot a great internship. Rosie tells us:  

I have just finished my placement at, a diversity and inclusion organisation that aims to promote and achieve equality within the workplace by providing jobseekers and organisations a platform to advertise and search for inclusive roles within an organisation.

VERCIDA stands for Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility. 

 It has been a particularly exiting time for me to complete my placement, as Diversity Jobs became VERCIDA, a global platform, who’s transformation required some major changes within the business, including the creation of the new website

During my time at VERCIDA I saw first hand the trials and tribulations that rebranding a company brings, I also got to see the great results that were starting to be achieved at the end of my placement. One of my main roles during my time at VERCIDA was creating content for the website, for both our clients and to promote ourselves. I learnt a lot about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), WordPress, Social Media, Analytics and much more during my placement, which meant that I was able to learn how the terms and techniques that I had been taught in my first two years at Royal Holloway were put into practise.

During my time at VERCIDA I was involved in a number of projects, here are three that standout for me:

1.       Managing the transfer of articles from the Diversity Jobs to
This was the first task that I was involved with when I started at VERCIDA and although it was a timely and tedious task, it taught me a lot about diversity and inclusion, both inside and outside the workplace, it also gave me a better understanding of why this is such an important platform for many who face barriers when researching a potential future employer and searching for work; it also gave me a chance to learn more about our members and what they have to offer.

2.       Creating a social media campaign to encourage the transfer of followers from Diversity Jobs to VERCIDA and ensuring audience engagement with content.
During my placement I was involved in creating a variety of social media campaigns for jobseekers, members and potential members. However, this campaign was an important one, as we needed to ensure that our followers would transfer from our previous site and social media pages to our new and updated ones. I helped to create a selection of relevant user content and paid adverts to encourage our users to transfer to VERCIDA. I also helped to create a content creation and scheduling timetable that optimised the posting times for when our users were most active.

3.       Managing the process of content sign-off with contacts from well-known organisations such as Viacom, Bank of England, Lendlease and more.
I was given the responsibility of working closely with our members in order to produce articles and receive sign-off for content that was to be posted on the site. My role gave me the freedom to work independently alongside our members and this was a very rewarding experience that gave me first-hand knowledge on how to create professional relationships with people outside of the organisation. During my time at VERCIDA I built good relationships with a number of external individuals, this increased my confidence to liaise with others in a professional manner.

I particularly liked working for an SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) as I was exposed to all aspects of the organisation and was able to speak to and learn from members of other teams, creating good working relationships with them as I assisted them in their role. It also meant that I was able to be involved in important tasks and discussions concerning the re-branding of the business and the website, which was an exciting time for everyone involved.

I also loved learning more about diversity and inclusion, as this is something that I am passionate about; it felt great to work for an organisation that placed a focused on inclusion and equality. It is thanks to VERCIDA that I would like to further my knowledge and involvement regarding diversity and inclusion, both professionally and personally.

Are you looking for your Year in Business placement? Here is an article that I put together during my time at VERCIDA, titled ‘5 ways to spot a great internship’ -

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

First class degree and a Graduate job with Sprinklr

Huge congratulations to Year in Business (YIB) student Hippolyte Petit who has just Graduated from Royal Holloway with a First Class degree in Management with Marketing (Year in Business) and who has secured a full time contract with Sprinklr, a Social media management platform which provides digital transformation for enterprise businesses, with a focus on customer-first.

Hippolyte did a Digital Marketing placement year at The Walt Disney Company followed by a summer internship in New York with Sprinklr and then part time work with Sprinklr in London during his final year.

Like many of our finalist YIB students, Hippolyte has been a fabulous ambassador for the YIB programme. Many students have heard Hippolyte speak at different YIB events/ workshops or seen his video profiles and blog articles.

Hippolyte told us
"Things are going extremely well, I have just signed my full time contract with Sprinklr and am fascinated by the job I am doing. Like at Disney, there is not a day without learning something new and I am getting more and more responsibilities, being in charge of client like Rolex, Swatch and more. I will always be grateful to Royal Holloway's School of Management for letting me seize the opportunity to join the Walt Disney Company after my second year. Since my placement year I have been offered by the College opportunities to share more about my Year in Business experiences, to speak in public and to coach fellow students, which have been fantastic experiences."

Monday, 17 July 2017

First class degree and a Graduate job with PepsiCo

Sarah Hunt, BSc Management with Human Resources (Year in Business) graduated last week with a First class degree and has secured a Graduate job with PepsiCo in Reading as an HR Coordinator. Congratulations Sarah!

Sarah did her placement year at GSK in Executive Recruitment (2015/16) and told Katharine Radford, Year in Business Programme Officer, "My placement year was a vital experience that I enjoyed thoroughly. Without it I would not have been able to secure a position at Pepsi, who value the experience and transferable skills which I learnt on my placement"

 Read more about Sarah's placement position here:

Check out the School of Management Graduation Ceremony video here:

Monday, 22 May 2017

Pre placement briefing

It was good to see a number of Royal Holloway's Management Year in Business students about to head off for their placement year at our first Pre Placement Briefing meeting last week.

The students who attended this briefing were joining placement schemes at companies such as SAP, Ascot Wealth Management, Porsche Cars GB, GE Renewable Energy, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Chrystal Capital, HBO, NetApp, Winser London and GSMA.

The positions these students have secured are wide ranging and include:
Finance, Wealth Management assistant, Management trainee, placement with International Publicity department, Training and Development placement student, Project Manager placement, Marketing and Social Media placement, Diploma placement supporting the office of the MD, Marketing.

A Thriving on Placement manual is available for all students starting their placements and an electronic version can be found on the YIB moodle page.

We wish all our students the best of luck on their placement years and look forward to hearing more from them at the Call Back afternoons and Placement visit as well as their entries on the blog and YIB Facebook page.

"While starting a placement can be nerve wracking it is important to remember that this will also be a fun and unique experience.... you will make useful contacts and get valuable experience which will ultimately help in your final year back at Royal Holloway and when you apply for a graduate position. The skills and contacts you can make during such a placement can be invaluable". K Radford: YIB Programme Officer

YIB student Slav Stateva who did a European Product Planning placement with Canon Europe 2016/17 has said " My placement year was incredible... Not only did I meet so many amazing people who will stay friends for life but I also gained so much relevant experience. What is more important, I have a clearer idea of what I want to do after graduating!"

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

YIB shortlisted for final of TARGET jobs Management UG of the year

One of Royal Holloway's 2nd year Management Year in Business students, Alvaro Ferreira, was shortlisted for the final of The TARGETjobs Management Undergraduate of the Year Award 2017 in partnership with Enterprise rent-a-car .

The awards were first launched seven years ago, and now feature 12 prestigious awards. The 2017 competition was entered by more than 3500 students from over 130 different universities. Alvaro put himself forward for this award, was shortlisted and then attended the final on 21st April.


 Although Alvaro did not win it was an amazing achievement to get through so far with such strong competition from other universities.

Alvaro said that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of attending the final and the networking opportunities it offered.
"Had a fantastic experience being part of the Top 10 Management Undergrad of the Year - well done to Kirsten Alexander-McGarry and everyone at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and TARGETjobs for a great afternoon."

Alvaro was one of the first 2nd year students at Royal Holloway this year to secure a placement : he starts his placement with Ascot Wealth Management in June. Additionally Alvaro has actively promoted the Year in Business programme at Royal Holloway and has been President of the College’s Enactus Society.

Well done Alvaro!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Freddy Ihnen's placement at E.ON

This is a guest post from Freddy Ihnen, a Royal Holloway Management student, studying BSc Management with Accounting (YIB) who is currently working as a placement student for E.ON.

As a settlement analyst at E.ON, I have entered the world of an extremely complex industry – the energy industry. Let me bore you with some background info: I am based in Coventry as part of the E.ON Climate and Renewables Asset Commercialisation team (what a name!), helping to secure and maximize income from our renewable energy production sites. These include predominantly windfarms, but also other technologies such as biomass sites. E.ON procures some of its renewable energy from third party wind farms and sites. 

My main role as a settlement analyst entails settling the invoices for this exchange and providing transparency to said third parties. During these activities, I settle several million pounds on a monthly basis and am involved in the reporting activities linked to this process. Since this is a job of operational, day to day nature, I actively sought for opportunities to get my hands on projects and other hands-on experience and found that initiative is always rewarded. By the sound of this, I could be in an interview… I am not kidding, though, it is actually rewarded! 

Some examples: I was sent to a conference in London on the use of battery technologies with several colleagues; I visited a wind farm and got insights into the work on site; I worked on an international project involving market access in Poland; I even flew to Germany and stayed for two nights in order to participate in a financial modelling course. Most importantly, I racked up many interesting projects involving multiple different parts of the business. A project I am particularly proud of is a benchmarking project I am currently leading. It involves setting up a benchmarking model analysing how appropriate the prices E.ON Climate and Renewables gets for its energy are and whether there may be some room for extra income.

Reflecting on my now nine months so far, I am pleased with my progress and experience and have taken advantage of countless development opportunities while on placement. I was instantly seen as a full member of my team, the water-boy stereotype of an intern did not apply to me at all. 

Everyone I worked with was open for questions; happy to help whenever I needed it and always up for a bit of banter, creating a pleasant atmosphere in a very stereotypical office environment. Phones ringing, computers everywhere and a mind-blowing focus on health and safety – I guess that is what to expect of a huge corporate office.

All in all, I am happy to say E.ON has opened many doors for me and my future and I will not hesitate to promote and recommend E.ON undergraduate opportunities to any future year in business students.