My Student Placement
I started working with Selly Manor Museum on an 11-week work experience placement programme throughout the first term of my third year at the University of Birmingham. My experience working here in the role of Events Assistant has been an incredible opportunity, allowing a new-found insight into the functioning of a museum and the arrangement of events organisation. The staff are all extremely warm and friendly, eager to teach me new things and further develop my skills in certain areas.
My experience began with learning the history of the site to ensure I had a solid and round knowledge of where I was working and the services they offer. I was then introduced to how the organisation managed their marketing and social media platforms, learning the importance of maintaining a great and developed public image and creating successful promotional posters and web content regarding upcoming events. As part of this, I was tasked with creating advertisement content, either posters or web-posts and adapted well to this new-found software quickly and efficiently. Another thing I thoroughly enjoyed was prepping materials and activities before an event; this included arts and crafts, posters, setting up and the logistics of an event.
My experience required me to be the support leading up to and on an events day. This included me acting as front of house for the museum, which I did for two events; ‘Monster Manor’ and ‘Santa’s Grotto’. This role enabled me to deal and interact with the public, checking them in with tickets, directing to the correct place and working the refreshments, gift shop and till. I thoroughly enjoyed this job as it gave me an opportunity to network with the public, making them feel welcome and cared for thus enhancing their experience and further develop my interpersonal and organisational skills.
I have also had the opportunity to create and plan my own event that will be held at the museum in the New Year. I was given a brief to create an event targeted at 18-25 year olds but was allowed free reign on the subject matter. So, I therefore decided to channel it towards societal issues that are prominent today. Here I learnt all the crucial arrangements and elements I would need to know to put on a successful event as I had my initial idea but developed it into a more creative and abstract concept.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed this incredibly valuable experience. By observing and working closely with professionals in this sector, I have acquired a better understanding into the planning and execution of events and marketing. I am incredibly grateful to everyone at Selly Manor for giving me this fantastic opportunity and helping me develop employable skills that I can apply to work in the future.
Molly, Events Assistant Placement