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New Agency Life Employer: One!

We are excited to announce a new Agency Life Internship employer based in Sale – One. A full-service agency looking for an intern who is looking for a digital focus, with no two days the same at One the interns here will learn a lot!

MMU Agency Life candidates can find out more about these internships by clicking on the Scribd links below the shown document, where the company profiles are available for download.

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New Agency Life Employer: MediaCom!

We are happy to announce our long time supporter MediaCom are offering an internship opportunities again this year. If you are interested in media buying, consumer insight and all things digital this is an internship for you!

MMU Agency Life candidates can find out more about these internships by clicking on the Scribd links below the shown document, where the company profiles are available for download.

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What kind of project can Agency Life students do?

We’ve got several different kinds of student working on Agency Life from September – they come from different course routes (but have very similar educational outcomes from their first year at university – the second year is where they start to specialise).

Our routes are: Marketing Management, Advertising & Brand Management, Retail Marketing, PR & Digital.

There’s no limit to what students can do – there should be some link between the work they carry out within your firm and their career aspirations. There’s no distinction between offline and digital as we realise that all our students need experience in both. We’d love to have projects that are based within PR firms, full service marketing firms, digital agencies, advertising agencies and communications businesses.

As an example it makes sense that PR students engage with a PR company (or the PR function of an organisation). But those students aren’t limited to that kind of work or that kind of organisation.

What can students tackle? Remember your first day at work? What did you do? What did you find useful/would you have found useful? Students are going to be working with you for 2 terms, at least half a day on your chosen site and half a day back at MMU. What would you like doing? Is it every day work that needs hands? Do you have a project that needs starting and completing? Have you committed to a pro bono piece that you’ve not had to time to do? Is there research that needs picking up? Do you have a part of the business that could do with a bit of extra help? Where could you benefit from a fresh set of eyes unfettered by baggage and “can’t be done” attitudes.

The key things is – it’s up to you. We want your student group to add value to what you do – and the value they get is experience. What experience do you want when you hire graduates? Think about it and then say – how could I provide that experience here?

Have a look at our post “Can you be an Agency Life agency?” and see if it’s something you can offer. It won’t cost you anything.

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The Importance of Work Experience

I regularly meet people in industry from Manchester at networking events, award ceremonies and conferences. Conversation inevitably comes around to someone saying they need staff but those people “must have experience”.  We can’t “teach” experience at University, it’s something that can only be acquired in the workplace. Graduates can be trapped after finishing University because they might have knowledge but all of the job ads say “Must have experience.” Employers are trapped because they feel they need someone who can hit the ground running but can’t find anyone – and most people who have post-university experience are in a different price range.

So it’s important that Agency Life is here. It’s an opportunity for undergraduates to gain important skills from the workplace that they can demonstrate to future employees. It’s an opportunity for agency and client employers to provide that experience in a convenient way and for them to make sure that undergraduates are getting “that kind” of experience they’re looking for. Without your help we can’t meet your needs.

So – please look at Agency Life. Keep in touch with the web site, follow our Twitter feed (@MMUAgencyLife) and “Like” our Facebook Page. We’re hoping you can join us as an “Agency Life Employer.”

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