Another big FTW today as we are delighted to invite Wardworth Limited to join us as a confirmed Agency Life host employer, with fantastic internet retail opportunities for our undergraduates with their businesses Ladderstore, Scales Express and Ladder Log.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
As if two new firms weren’t enough today, we’re really delighted that the client-side marketers from DFH join us to run an Agency Life team – and this one’s really good because James Hanson, a familiar face around the Manchester digital marketing scene and long-time supporter of getting students real experience in business, is leading the programme for DFH.
It couldn’t get any better as the fabulously useful sharemystorage join us for an Agency Life team bring our Friday total to 30 projects (which means we hit our target for the week – result). Go take a look at this lovely concept and look our for a guest blog from Founder & CEO Imram Azam coming soon.
Great news for Manchester on a weekend. We’re absolutely delighted that Mosquito Digital, based down in Knutsford, and Citypress have signed up to be on our employer roster – which means we have our first full-on PR company on-board in the guise of Citypress and we have 29 projects now. Exciting times for all.
When a student works with you on an Agency Life experience, they are like any other employee. Work they they create is like work that any employee creates when they are part of your organisation. How do you deal with the issue of IP with your employees? I guess like most firms, any work that an employee does belongs to you (or your client if your an agency depending on how you configure that relationship). So you manage your students’ work for you in the same way.
Disclosure is another important issue and again we would say that you manage the issue of disclosure as you would with your employees. Do you ask your employees to sign NDAs? If you have clients and you are asked to sign one for them, how do you convey that message to your staff? It’s the same approach with our students and you should treat them like you would any employee. If you are asking our students to sign NDAs, we suggest that you sit down with them and explain what they mean. Its likely to be the first time they will have seen one. Discuss the consequences and the importance of non-disclosure, and why they mustn’t tell people certain things. Our students will be doing a lot of writing at times – some of it may involve blogging or tweeting – so make sure you’re happy with content that they’re producing and aks to see things before they publish them.
As an aside, MMU staff are not permitted to sign NDAs as this puts the University into a position of liability which it may not care to take. The only person who may sign an NDA is the Vice-Chancellor – if one needs signing by a member of University staff, let us know.
We’re really pleased because we’ve got to 25 firms (halfway to our target) who are on our Agency Life roster as we welcome our latest addition - The Candidate. Cue bunting, fireworks etc.
A Monday morning FTW as we welcome our 23rd and 24th Agency Life host employees.
Joining us as contributors to student experience are The Institute for Placement Management (woo – our first chartered institute) and Internet retailer newroomsonline – we know these are going to be unusual and revealing projects as there are big things underway in-house.
We know that at least 2 agencies are planning to come back with their registrations today taking us through the halfway mark. We hope they are reading this and remember to mail back their forms and there are more in the pipeline. Do you know a Manchester firm, agency or client-side, that could benefit from the help Agency Life provides whilst at the same time giving something back to the student learning experience? Please show them the site – stand over them when they are looking and make sure they see the right things.