How to boss your PR and Marketing placement
Posted by emma.critchley | 22 August
We have been dreading this day since she joined. Today, Faye Stammers our phenomenal PR & Marketing intern is leaving us to return back to university to complete her final year.
Since joining the business in June 2017, Faye has truly made the role her own, taking on tasks above and beyond what’s expected while consistently delivering results for the business.
We managed to interrupt her plate spinning for long enough to ask what her best bits from the past 14-months have been.
How has TLC developed your career path?
TLC Marketing has taught me everything I know about business and marketing. Prior to my placement year, I had only ever had one week's work experience in a marketing department when I was 14 and, whilst university is a great learning curve, you’re never going to gain real-world skills in a classroom. TLC saw my desire to learn and despite being relatively inexperienced in comparison to other candidates, they believed in me. Now, I have a wealth of knowledge, experience and amazing memories to take me on into the future.
What attracted you to TLC Marketing?
After researching the agency and seeing their impressive collection of clients and campaigns, I was instantly excited at the possibility of working for a global marketing agency. However, what really sold me was talking to the interns who at that time, were on their placement year. From all the positive things they had to say about TLC Marketing, I knew an internship at the agency was everything I was looking for in my placement year and more.
What brands have you worked with?
I have worked particularly close with clients at Yakult, Vodafone, Bupa and Supermalt to name a few. From writing press releases for campaigns to attending award ceremonies with clients, I have met some amazing people and worked with brands that I see on TV adverts and have in my kitchen cupboard – it’s been quite a surreal experience.
What has been your highlight?
I have had so many highlights. Some of my particular favourites include networking with Marketing Week’s editor Mark Ritson and getting some lifelong advice from the previous Commercial Marketing Director at Kellogg’s when I met them both in the Editors Lounge at Marketing Week Live.
Have you had any personal fist pump moments, and if so what are they?
Receiving praise from my Managing Director, Chairman and CEO for a Direct Mail B2B marketing campaign I played a pivotal role in. I was so excited to share the good news with my family that I ran, skipped and jumped all the way home.
What have you enjoyed the most?
Being part of the most caring, dynamic and funny team. There was never a time when I wasn’t excited to come in and experience the working day ahead. Throughout every hurdle I may have faced, my close team were always there to support me and push me to my limits. I’m going to be forever grateful to them for their support throughout the year.
What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Not believing in myself. I may come up with an idea or suggestion but when it comes to delivering it, I will debate with myself “What if this happens? What if it’s a stupid idea? What if no one understands what I’m saying?” I try to squash the negative thoughts and slowly but surely, I started to have more and more faith in myself, my ideas and confidence in delivering them to senior management.
What advice would you give to someone about to start their internship?
Don’t take constructive criticism personally, use it as an opportunity to grow. Also, always stand up for what you think is right – you never know where an idea might take you.
Sum up your TLC Marketing internship in three words.
Utterly life changing.
“There will be a huge hole left in the office when Faye leaves. She has this infectious energy that can turn the worst days into the best days. She gets through a tremendous amount of work and will never settle for “OK”. She is her own worst critic, and while technically I have been her mentor for the last 14-months, there is a lot to be said for Faye’s drive and passion. She has inspired me, just as much as I have her, and I have no doubt she will go on to achieve great great things in her lifetime.” Emma Critchley-Lloyd, PR & Marketing Manager, UK&I
Faye has made such an impression during her placement that she will be continuing to work for TLC on the ONES TO WATCH email series. She’ll be doing this part-time while completing her final year at University.