Gemma Smith - BA (Hons) Marketing graduate

Current employer: Thrive Hubs Ltd

Current job title: Marketing Assistant

Current location: Exeter

“I would highly recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University. The lecturers are highly supportive, and you receive constant help and support after university with finding your perfect job. The University also have strong links with many local and national companies, which is very beneficial when searching for job opportunities.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

I contacted Remy and the Jobshop graduate recruitment service team after finishing University regarding the job vacancies they regularly post onto Facebook. The team were extremely helpful and provided great advice on my cover letter and CV when applying for specific roles. Within a couple of weeks I attended several interviews. I was then faced with the decision of two fantastic marketing roles between two companies. After speaking with Remy and the team they gave me a lot of advice on the position which was most suitable for me. I accepted the role at Thrive Hubs Ltd and have worked here for just over one month now. I am very happy with my decision and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.

Has your career path changed since graduation?

No, in fact since finishing university I have been more focussed than ever to achieve a career in marketing. Landing a marketing position within a start-up company is fantastic experience and allows me to gain experience in all sides of the business.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

The most exciting part of my career was my placement year, which was incorporated into my third year at university. I worked at Bosch’s head office and gained strong corporate experience in a global leading technology company.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the same line of work?

My advice would be to do a placement year. Having a placement year was so beneficial for gaining work experience whilst studying for my degree. This helped me so much to finish university with the confidence to apply for marketing positions and gives you that crucial year of experience within the field.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Studying at Plymouth University was beneficial to my career as it allowed me to gain crucial academic skills and experience. The placement year, incorporated into my marketing degree, helped me to gain a year’s worth of experience whilst preparing me for work after university.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Yes, I would highly recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University. The lecturers are highly supportive, and you receive constant help and support after university with finding your perfect job. The University also has strong links with many local and national companies, which is very beneficial when searching for job opportunities.

I recommend utilising the Jobshop graduate recruitment service: Remy and the team provided me with strong support and advice throughout the entire recruitment process. This includes CV, cover letter, and interview advice.