My tasks and projects vary between organising packaging for products, creation and managing the flow of promotional material to internal and external stakeholders, assisting in customer queries, preparation for tradeshows etc.
There is a stereotype that placement students are the people who have to do tasks that nobody else wants to do. However, during my placement I was given the responsibility to handle tasks and projects independently just as any other employee of the organisation, while there is still a culture where it is easy to approach our managers when we require assistance or advice. I think this really contributes to personal development.
One of the things that stood out for me during my placement was the day the new Measuring Tools Catalogue was published. Creating a new, updated catalogue for Measuring Tools was a project that my manager handed over to me entirely. It was something that I was working on for months from scratch. Therefore, finally seeing the end-product of all that effort made me quite proud.
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to participate in trade expos in both Melbourne and Brisbane. Initially, I was quite nervous, as sales was something I had no experience in and was definitely out of my comfort zone. Nevertheless, all it took was the push to make an initial sale; and I immediately felt more confident. I ended up really enjoying making sales to customers directly!
Another other enjoyable experience I had, was being able to observe a focus group. Focus groups are a type of research method we were introduced to at many units at university. Therefore, seeing how it was conducted in real life with actual participants of our brand’s target market was something I found really cool!
I believe this placement has contributed largely to my personal career development.