Student turns lecturer – for a day!
44’s Junior Editor Zoe Wilkinson returned to her old university to introduce soon-to-be Warwick graduates to the thriving world of internal comms…
We all started our career somewhere, and in June 2015 – having just finished an English Literature degree at the University of Warwick – Zoe started hers at 44.
Three years later, she went back to Warwick campus to introduce a room full of humanities students to internal communications, and share her experience of working in an IC agency.
“I was in their position a few years ago – worrying about what the future might hold – so it was great to go back and show that, actually, there are great, creative career options for English grads out there,” said Zoe.
“I wasn’t aware of the industry before joining 44, so it felt good to introduce the students to the idea of internal communications – something that could be a great match for their skills and that they might not have thought about before.”
After giving an introduction to the industry and 44 as an agency, Zoe also shared her top pieces of advice for the students – with the headline being ‘Get some experience!’.
“Before I was offered a job here, I started out at 44 as an intern while I was still studying for my degree,” she said. “Work experience can be so valuable. It’s a great opportunity to show people what you’re made of, while also allowing you to get a sense of what the environment is like in a company, and industry, and understand if it’s right for you.
“We frequently have work experience students in the office, and it’s great that we’re able to offer young people the chance to experience a busy agency environment. I got so much out of my placement here – and it also led me to my current role, which I love.”
Emily Shaw, a Warwick student who organised the event, said: “I had several people coming up to me afterwards saying ‘thank you for bringing Zoe in’, as it’s given them a really clear insight into the industry!”
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