Graduate profile
Regine Raule

Regine Raule

“It’s such a good programme, to not only get the experience under your belt, but to also help shape your future.”

Graduation year


Placement company

Echo Research

Why did you decide to participate in the professional training year programme?

I always knew I wanted to get hands-on work experience, to have that booster going forwards for when I graduated; to have that valuable experience on my CV. As my degree progressed, I felt undecided if this was the career path I wanted to pursue.  

When deciding on a placement it allowed me to assess what modules and areas I was really interested in and look for opportunities in those areas. What I found was that I was really interested in marketing, and I found a placement role that introduced me to this area.

What did you do on your placement role?

I was supporting market research and media content analysis studies. This was hands-on project work, ensuring the delivering to time of live research projects.

I was managing the marketing schedule of the business; creating and developing marketing content, helping to develop and launch a new company website, and organise and promote client events.

The benefits of working in a smaller company meant that as well as being exposed to all parts of the business, I had responsibility and ownership of tasks from the start. The onboarding was helpful and supportive and boosted my confidence as I progressed.

Did undertaking the placement role make you more employable?

Absolutely yes, because when my placement finished I continued to work for the company, part-time at first, before joining full-time once I had graduated!

The benefits were huge. Working in a professional environment was really important to help build upon skills I already had as a student, such as communication, time management and the ability to prioritise work. I also developed my technical skills using different platforms, tools and technologies, and I was constantly learning about the industry I was involved in.

I had a year’s worth of hands-on experience under my belt to put on my CV and to talk to potential employers about. 

I spent four years at Echo, before moving on to MediaLab, the UK’s leading independent media agency.

Why would you recommend undertaking a placement to other students?

If anybody is thinking about doing a placement, it’s so important to do so to get that experience of working with people in a professional level, developing your skills and getting your foot in the door within an industry.

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