Talent Scotland Graduate Placement
As part of our commitment to organisational growth and development, Skene House secured funding from the Scottish Development Institute for the placement of a recent graduate to take on the role of Digital Marketing Executive….and you’ve guessed it, that graduate is me!
Day-to-day I write the blog posts and content for all of the Skene House social media platforms. I am also involved with coordinating bigger projects such as PR campaigns, and coming soon - our new website!
Ultimately, my role aims to achieve domestic and international growth for the company using social media and digital innovation, keeping the company at the forefront of the hospitality market.
An interesting part of my role involves communicating regularly with all departments and level of hierarchy. It is really important that I keep up-to-date with everything that is going on in the hotel and communicate this externally to our guests.
I am grateful to The Talent Scotland graduate placement programme for giving me the chance to continue to live and work in Scotland. Originally from N.Ireland, Scotland has been my '2nd home' for the past 10 years.
I studied at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh and achieved a First Class degree in International Management. I saw the Talent Scotland opportunity with Skene House via my University careers website and applied immediately. The role perfectly matched everything that I was looking for in a graduate role and complimented my previous work experiences. I was looking for a role that would offer plenty of challenge as well as scope to develop and make a significant impact.
Talent Scotland certainly fosters the development of its graduates. Last week, Talent Scotland organised a training week for the graduates across the Highlands and Islands, It was a fantastic opportunity to meet my fellow TS graduates and learn all about their different placements all over Scotland.
We spent the week learning how to apply strategic business models to our placement organisations, how to network effectively and how to handle difficult sales and negotiation situations. We ended the week presenting our ideas of how we would use the knowledge that we gained during the week to develop our placement organisations.
It was inspiring to see how this government funded organisation is helping small to medium enterprises across Scotland, the Highlands and Islands, to achieve their goals for international growth and development, as well as giving graduates the chance to kick start their career.
The current job market conditions have made it very difficult for many of my peers to secure a good job, I feel especially lucky to have been chosen by Talent Scotland (who screens applications) and by Skene House who are providing me with a challenging yet rewarding career opportunity.
To find out more about Talent Scotland placements visit their website. (The organisation will soon change its name to ScotGrad) you can also find them on LinkedIn and Facebook.