At The Candidate we work closely with local universities,
offering digital marketing internships to students. These
internships allow students to build valuable skills and gain
experience that prepares them for their future post-graduate
careers. Our client Transform have shared their case study about
how one of their interns, Jack
Maddix, found himself a job in their Marketing
department. Read on to find his story and hear his tips
for getting your foot in the door!
Jack Maddix's journey
to secure an internship with Transform, one of the UK's leading
cosmetic surgery providers, entails what every great story
- a lot of persistence
- a little bit of luck
- and a great drawing of a sheep!?!
First, a bit of background
Back in 2012 Jack was a student at Sheffield Hallam University
studying for a BA (hons) degree in Marketing. Part of the course
involved a year- long work placement to give students a taste of
working-life and to put the theory they had been learning about so
far into practise!
However, despite applying to around 20 companies, Jack hadn't
managed to secure a single internship and his placement start date
was fast approaching. Coincidentally, an opportunity at Transform
popped up on Jack's University vacancy website one day and he
decided to go for it.
One of the main reasons Jack was so interested in working at
Transform was due to personal experience, having previously
undergone laser surgery to improve his eyesight. He felt that his
knowledge regarding the journey that anyone takes going into
cosmetic surgery - from researching the best facility, to making
that initial appointment, to actually undergoing the procedure -
gave him a unique insight when it came to persuading Transform to
take him on.
When it came to the interview itself, it was his passion for the
subject and enthusiasm about being able to work with the country's
longest-established cosmetic provider that really helped him to
Don't be a sheep - unless they ask you
Whilst passion and enthusiasm will get you so far, anyone
wanting to secure an internship needs to go the extra mile to stand
out from other candidates. So, to give himself an advantage, Jack
took a truly personal approach.
He put together a two-part
portfolio to show off both his academic work and present research
that he'd done off his own back into the cosmetic surgery
After an interview with Transform's Marketing Project/PR
managers and a quick chat with the Marketing Director, it was time
for Jack to show off his practical skills.
First, he had to write a press
release - so far, so standard - and then he had to draw a picture
of a sheep.
This was quite a curve ball - after all, he was applying to be a
marketing assistant, not a graphic designer. Instead of panicking,
Jack took it in his stride and they must have appreciated his
drawing because he was offered the internship! Baaaaa
Making the most of the opportunity
Jack knew this was a golden opportunity to get as much
experience as possible, in as many areas as possible. So over the
year, he threw himself into as many areas as he possibly could. He
helped update Transform's product literature, worked on research
projects and attended photo/film shoots. He was also able to get
directly involved with the patients themselves, by taking part in a
press day where journalists listened to all of their life-changing
And how did it all work out?
Fantastically well! After graduating in 2014 Jack was offered a
full-time, (paid!) job by Transform, where he now works as a
Marketing Co-ordinator. It's important to remember that not all
internships lead to a job, but it certainly can help.
Jack's Top 3 Tips to help you secure that coveted
- Do the research- you'll need to persuade the
company you know all about them and be able to convincingly explain
why you want to work for them
- Be ready for anything- there's going to be a
surprise or two in your interview, so expect the unexpected
- You can only do your best- maybe you're not
100% confident that you'll be able to do everything in the job
description. Never mind. Just let them know you'll always
give everything your best shot.
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