Placement Year Update!

My placement year so far has been brilliant. I am 8 weeks in and I have been asked to stay with Beta Futures on a part time basis to take on a Business Development role! This means that I will be working on a huge variety of projects and alongside several organisations, which is an amazing opportunity.  Although the year ahead will be very busy, manic and probably a little bit stressful, I know that it will be worth it. The experience will be invaluable and I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.

Below you can read an article about my internship so far and what my new role will involve. You can also read it here.

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Meet Molly, our Marketing & PR Intern. 

In June 2015, Beta Futures welcomed Molly Aldrich – Wincer, a BSc Business Management & Marketing student from the University of Sussex, to the team. Today we will learn more about Molly, the work she’s been doing and the importance of internships for young people.

“I first applied for the position as I am very interested in businesses that have a social cause at the heart of the work that they do. Beta Futures therefore became very appealing to me. As a social enterprise that is passionate about reducing the exclusion of older people in their local communities and society as a whole, I was really keen to learn more and see how I could get on board.

As part of my degree I am required to do a placement year and I was motivated to fill this period with as much experience as possible. I already had experience as a Marketing Assistant within a solicitors firm in Brighton as well as working with various projects within the third sector. This meant I felt confident that I would be able to make a positive difference at the company. I originally applied to work with Beta Futures for a 10 week Marketing & PR internship. Examples of my work so far include developing the business’s marketing strategy, copy writing marketing materials, running Beta Futures’ social media platforms and supporting the team with the running of the 50+ Skills Exchange Club.

My Social Media talk at The 50+ Skills Exchange Club.
Molly’s Social Media talk at The 50+ Skills Exchange Club.

The company have offered me a new role that starts in September, involving business development, sales and part supervising the new apprentice. Beta Futures is barely 2 years old and is growing at an impressive rate. This growth has included moving into a bigger office space and employing new staff – which has been really interesting for me to witness and be a part of.

Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting SMEs’ growth and resourcing for their business. The money generated from these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they are willing to pass on to others. In many ways I feel as if I am getting the best of both worlds. Working on something that I am passionate about and also learning more about business management in a practical setting.

My placement year ensures that I will graduate armed with experience that will allow me to pursue my career goals. Everybody knows that young people need experience. But unfortunately, you need experience to get a job and you need a job to gain experience – the vicious cycle that is all too familiar for many youngsters. Organisations that invest in interns are very likely to see real rewards and if they select the right candidate, they may end up staying! It is a long term investment and the benefits may not be immediate, but they will become apparent to the company and the intern in due course. As long as both parties are willing to put in the time and hard work that is required.

My work with Beta Futures is an invaluable opportunity for me and will give me the chance to apply theory that I have learnt from my degree so far and develop my own skillset and experience further. I am really excited to tackle this new challenge and more importantly I am pleased that I don’t have to leave yet!”

 

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