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BBC’s Flog It!

I was a steward for the BBC during their recording of ‘Flog It’ at Coventry transport museum. It involved ushering the general public and looking after their hospitality. I assisted the researchers and the hospitality of the off screen experts.

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Atherstone’s Heritage

Currently (August 2011 – present) I volunteer at my local heritage centre. The group is made up of volunteers who meet once a week and log the heritage of the town (Atherstone). My role there is a marketing based one, I help update the website and Facebook account. I have also begun a blog to keep track of the heritage’s exhibitions and also the oral histories; of which I have edited the recordings.

Website: http://www.atherstonesheritage.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AtherstonesHeritage

Blog: http://atherstonesheritage.wordpress.com/

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The Belgrade Theatre

For my work placement after my first year I chose to work for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. My placement was in the marketing/communications department. I decided on the theatre because I thought it might be the profession I would like to be in after I graduate. So therefore I wanted to gain knowledge of what working there would be like.

My work experience placement was also both enjoyable and beneficial. In the marketing department at the Belgrade Theatre I worked as part of a team and I felt treated like an employee not just a work experience student. Being welcomed into the team gave me a much richer experience as I experienced what it was like to work in the team. For the six weeks I was there I settled into my own routine and responsibilities as a marketing assistant. In my time there I also witnessed what the other team members; marketing director, marketing manager, marketing officer, press officer and other marketing assistant; did on a daily basis as part of the jobs. I shadowed the other marketing assistant for four weeks and then was the only marketing assistant for week five whilst she went on holiday. In the first four weeks I learnt her responsibilities and in the fifth week I was able to take them on as my own. In my time there, some of the things I learnt about were the marketing materials and how they are organised and displayed front of house. I also assisted in the creation of the direct mailings and e-flyers. At the time I was there the new brochure was being created so I helped on that as well. I also got the chance to learn how the box office worked and completed a shift as a box office assistant.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Belgrade. I was a part of their department there and I liked working as part of a team. I learnt how one person’s responsibilities benefit the work of the whole department. I also enjoyed the week where I got to carry out the duties I had learnt by myself. Being at the Belgrade helped me to work in a team but also to work independently. It also showed me how many different considerations must be taken into account when creating marketing materials for a theatre; accessibility etc. I felt like I grew up whilst I was there and could have quite happily stayed there as an employee.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

I worked at the Arts Centre in Aberystwyth in the Marketing department for two weeks; 18th July – 29th July 2011. I really enjoyed my time there and it was nice to work in a small team. I assisted with market research, data analysis and audience data capture. I also helped to fully update the website with details of the new season and updated the social networking site. I assisted in the distribution and display of print and proof-read the draft of the new season brochure. Finally, I helped with the direct mail and mail merge. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I have been invited back – which I may well just do!

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