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Sophie Neale

Course: Media and Cultural Studies with Television and Broadcast Media BA(Hons)
Internship: Rainbow Trust


How did you find out about this opportunity?

I came to the public sector and charity event in November 2012. I heard the representative from the Rainbow Trust talk and approached her in the networking part of the event. She asked for my CV and it all went from there really!


What skills/experience did you want to gain from this activity?

This was the first 'office job' I have had. It was great to experience a different type of environment that allowed me to try new things, including database and admin, as well as sitting in on important funding meetings with the charity's partners.

What motivated you to improve your employability?

Before I did this internship, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do. When I found out about the work the charity did, it really inspired me and made me want to be part of it. It has motivated me to try other internships too.


What is your unique selling point?

I have quite a creative mind and this internship allowed me to think outside of the box and come up with new ideas.


How did you manage your time so that your studies were not compromised by this activity?

The Rainbow Trust were really flexible with working hours and allowed me to plan work around my timetable. I would work for a few hours before coming in to uni for lectures, and found that I could change my working hours if needed.

Why did you choose this degree course?

I have always had an interest in the media and felt this was the right progression from studying media at school. I felt like this particular course was broad enough to give me a good knowledge of the sector, and not too narrow to limit my options when I finish. It also gives me a chance to be creative.

Your future

What future plans do you have to increase your employability or get ahead?

Before I did this internship I didn't have a clue about what direction I wanted to take when I graduated. This has now made me realise that I really want to work in a charity and I will now start looking for a marketing internship within a charity to broaden my experience.

Others' future

What advice would you give to others who are trying to increase their employability?

My advice to anyone would be 'try everything' – you don't know if you'll like something if you don't try it. Doing an internship gives you a great opportunity to get a feel for a particular role for a short time.

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