With over 700 hours of voluntary work under her belt and a CV overflowing with experience, Clementine is ready to hit the ground running when she returns to University in September to complete her Events Management degree. Having recently secured an impressive position as a Freelance Runner with the BBC she truly is is living her dream in the final months of her placement year…
Name: Clementine Crowther
Company name: Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre
Position: Marketing Executive
What did you want to be when you grew up? I always knew I wanted to work within the Events Industry or the media. I find it very exciting, and it’s just me!
How did you know Events Management was what you wanted to study at the University of Huddersfield? I wasn’t originally going to come to University as I didn’t think it was for me… that was until I came and did work experience here. I grew to love the University and began to research about my course.
Why did you choose to apply for a placement? I felt like it was the right thing to do! I love working in industry and making new contacts and I knew just how valuable it would be when job searching after graduating.
Where have you worked so far on placement? I am currently carrying out a passport scheme, which means I am working at a variety of places from May 2016-September 2017. So far companies have included: Buckingham Palace, Heart Radio, Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre and The PA Hub. My roles so far have been incredibly varied, from managing a stage at large scale festival, artist liaison, to supervising the start and finish line at 5k’s and marathon events. I have some really exciting things still in the pipeline too!
What does your average day look like? Every day is different! An average day can be a mix of liaising with agencies/clients, meetings, presenting on stage, either in business wear or old tracksuits dependent on the job at hand.
What do you enjoy most about your placement year? I love the variety of experience I am getting out of it, plus the people I meet! I have met some very inspirational and interesting people along my journey. I also like managing my own diary which I feel like will be very useful for final year. I also like trying new things and seeing how different companies work.
What do you least enjoy about your placement year Nothing… I am having the best year!
What’s your biggest achievement to date? Probably the event I organised with Capital FM, “Trinity Leeds 24 Days of Xmas” with Capital FM where I negotiated £10,000 worth of prizes for listeners. We put on a very large event for the prize giveaway which was a flight with Virgin to anywhere in the world. Seeing the amount of customers that got involved was a great feeling.
What piece of advice would you give to a 1st year Events Management at the University of Huddersfield? Do as much volunteering and work experience as possible in first year, and make the most of your spare time wisely, starting now! Keep up with your LinkedIn and online profiles, try out a variety of events and see which one you feel you want to explore further.
What would you do differently in your first and second year? To be honest, I don’t think I would do anything differently, I feel I really made the most out of making contacts and volunteering which has definitely feel supported me through my placement year.
What are you most looking forward to in your final year? I’m looking forward to seeing how differently I work from first and second year, for example how I prioritise and manage my time more effectively.
What would be your ultimate dream job? A job in the media that involves presenting, events management and building relationships.
If you would like further advice from the Careers and Employability Service regarding work experience please take a look on our website for supporting resources.
Grace Lenihan, Careers and Employability Service, Students Careers Champion.