From Australia to TLC, Lara’s unforgettable year
Posted by faye.stammers | 14 June
Welcoming four new placement students every year means that we have four, very hard goodbyes to say yet again this summer.
From Lara’s initial interview, TLC Marketing saw a passion for business and an appetite for Account Management. Whilst many placement students join TLC with little work experience, Lara had already been climbing the career ladder having taken up numerous roles across the globe, in countries such as France, Australia and America.
From being a Wedding Planners assistant in the South of France to interning at a movie distribution company and government organisation in Australia, Lara joined with a wealth of knowledge that has helped her to excel in her placement year.
Over the course of her placement, Lara has played a pivotal role in the Client Services team. She has lead internal department meetings on campaign requirements and reporting and is adored by her clients and colleagues alike.
We grabbed Lara to find out more about her year as an Account Executive at TLC Marketing.
What attracted you to TLC Marketing?
After being enticed by the extensive list of impressive clients and reading about their award-winning campaigns, I was instantly sold. The ‘work hard, play hard’ culture that TLC Marketing prides themselves on was also an attractive prospect. It’s so important to enjoy your job and the people you work with. People at TLC really are treated like family.
How has TLC developed your career path?
TLC Marketing has helped me develop my skills further than I could have ever imaged. I have learnt so much about the industry and since working here, my confidence has grown massively which has led to me being entrusted with even more responsibility.
What have you enjoyed most about your placement?
Being instrumental in a host of campaigns from start to finish and then getting a great sense of achievement when they go live is certainly enjoyable. Also, my team have really made my year here – I’ve made some real friends for life.
Have you had any personal fist pump moments, and if so what are they?
Solely managing the Royal Wedding campaign was a proud moment and big achievement for me. I never dreamed of managing a campaign during my placement year but my team believed in me. The campaign received praise from Nick Jeffery, CEO at Vodafone, as well as positive feedback on social media from customers.
What advice would you give to someone about to start their internship?
Don’t hesitate to ask questions and be as confident as you can in what you’re doing, they chose you for a reason remember. It may seem daunting at first but you’ll get the hang of things really quickly.
How have you changed both personally and professionally?
I learnt to trust my instincts and tackle tasks with confidence.
Reflecting on Lara’s year, Senior Account Manager Georgie Whitmore said, “Lara should be so proud of everything she has achieved during placement year at TLC. I’m confident that Lara will make an amazing Account Manager in the future. She has built great relationships both internally and with her clients and she is a true asset to the Client Services team. We are going to feel a massive hole in the team when she’s gone.”
Richard Hilton, Account Director at TLC Marketing, said, “It’s been a real pleasure to have had Lara here in our Clients Services team over the last year. Her development and growth have been both stark and clear to see and she finishes the year as a hugely well-liked and trusted member of the team. After assisting across multiple accounts and campaigns – Lara has performed to a level that you’d expect from an experienced Account Executive.”
Good luck for the future Lara.