Aíslinn joined us in September following the completion of her MA at the University of Leeds. 10 weeks into her internship she shares her thoughts on her experience so far...
What course are you currently studying, or have you recently finished, & where?
I have recently finished studying my MA in Arts management and Heritage Studies at the University of Leeds. My BA was in Classical Civilisation, also at Leeds Uni. So I’m from a very arts & historical background.
How are you finding your time at Omega?
I’m definitely enjoying my time at Omega. I’ve been given quite a broad range of tasks/ projects to do from writing case studies on the recent work done by Omega Security and Analytic using Indesign; social media; updating the website and using mail chimp. It’s also really nice to work for a company that are so friendly and easy to get along with. I don’t want to leave!
What are your current roles within the company?
My role is marketing and business development intern. But as I said before, it involves quite a broad range of things, from social media to writing formal documents such as case studies and accreditation documents.
How do you think your current placement will help develop your professional skills for the future?
Because I’m not from a marketing background and did not have any experience in business development or marketing it’s been really useful to get these skills under my belt as museums and heritage sites are looking for employees with this type of experience. But I’ve also found that I do enjoy marketing and I would be happy working in a similar role within a marketing department in the future.
Tell us why you picked an internship/work placement?
Firstly, as I say, it was to gain really useful and important skills in marketing and business for my future career path. Secondly, it was to find out whether I actually enjoyed marketing or not! This is why a 12 week internship appealed to me rather that going straight into full time work in a marketing role. Thankfully I’ve found that I do because it’s so diverse it keeps me engaged and there’s also scope for creativity which is important to me!
How is your current work placement different or similar to the work you have done at university?
It’s very different to what I’ve done at university the past four years because I’m not from a marketing background. Actually, no, I say that but a lot of the skills that I’ve used at university have come in really handy. I’ve been doing a lot of data mining and research on potential new markets, so I’ve tapped into a lot of the researching skills I used at University. But most of the other projects I’ve been involved with have been very different, like updating the website, writing blog posts etc. and I’ve never used Indesign, MailChimp or Survey monkey before!
What have you enjoyed the most about your internship?
I’ve enjoyed writing case studies because there was the practical element of interviewing customers about their experiences and writing this up but also the creative element of designing the case study format. I’ve also enjoyed learning about the technology behind the new OAC system, which was really interesting.