Events and Marketing Officer at Scottish Institute for Enterprise
University: University of Strathclyde
Qualification: BA Marketing and Management (Joint Honours)
Before getting your job at SIE, what was your experience of job-hunting?
I was primarily applying for graduate schemes in large companies during my 4th year at university. The application processes they had in place required me to spend a decent amount of my time writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and travelling to assessment centres. The problem was that I didn't know where in the UK I'd be located until the very end, and both offers I received required me to move to London. However, as I wanted to stay in Scotland, I kept applying for graduate jobs here but also thought that an internship could be a great start. And that was how I found about AAI.
It was great that I could pick the exact field of work and desired location when subscribing to the AAI newsletter, and thus only hear about the vacancies I was genuinely interested in. The process of applying to SIE was very straightforward, I was guided by AAI staff at all times, I was even given tips on how to make a great impression at my interview. And, of course, I was delighted to find out that my role with SIE was actually permanent.
Roles and responsibilities at SIE?
SIE is the national organisation for the promotion and support of enterprise and entrepreneurship among Scotland’s students. We work with universities and colleges to champion enterprise education and help their students develop ideas and start innovative businesses.
As Events and Marketing Officer my duty is to coordinate all SIE events across Scotland, from workshops and masterclasses to large networking events and award ceremonies - it is never boring! Moreover, I support SIE's marketing department in its various activities - creating content for our social media channels and the newsletter, promoting our services and competitions traditionally and online, liaising with creative agencies in the production of marketing collateral and building relationships with partner organisations, sponsors, institutions and clients.
What are you now?
My current role remains as Events and Marketing Officer at SIE. Every day is different and very exciting. It has been almost seven months since I started, and we since run two national competitions for early-stage ideas with social impact and discovered students with incredible ideas and great potential.
Apart from planning and organising all aspects around SIE's events and assisting with the marketing activities, I also have the chance to attend a number of events myself and represent my organisation (Startup Summit 2017, TedX Conferences and Expo Scotland are just a few).
I love my job and I am delighted to be in a position where I am surrounded by mentors I can learn so much from. The team is amazing and so is our mission. I couldn't have asked for a better graduate job!