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Work Experience Summary: United Response: April 2010 – Jan 2011 Job Coach
My role was mainly surrounding two projects that were communication based. The first was supporting peoplemore...Work Experience Summary: United Response: April 2010 – Jan 2011 Job Coach
My role was mainly surrounding two projects that were communication based. The first was supporting people with learning disabilities to run a social enterprise called UR Consultants. My main responsibilities were to direct and facilitate the consultants in their role, carry out work trials, deliver initial training and fill in paperwork with new consultants, and look for new business for the consultants by cold calling, using contacts, networking and using news stories. Also, with the help of the consultants, design new training modules, breaking down the initial information to create something as interactive as possible, work with the consultants to translate documents from original text to easy read, or critique documents that had already been made into easy read, along with delivering training on a number of topics and supporting the consultants in their delivery. My other role was a project called Fairtrade Detectives, where we trained volunteers with leaning disabilities to carry out a survey for Manchester City Council. My main responsibilities were to organise a launch, contact providers across Manchester to raise awareness of the project to them and try and get them involved, design marketing material, design and deliver training to volunteers, adapting it to suit non-readers and people with more complex needs who may not be able to see or communicate verbally, along with ensuring project targets were met.
Improvement Foundation: March 2009 – Feb 2010 Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator/ Marketing and Communications Officer
A Communications Administrator and I made up the Marketing and Communications team for the company’s area offices and the head office in Manchester. I worked with programme leads to plan and create marketing material for programmes and new events, created adverts for external publications, and put together a monthly internal newsletter. I managed the workload of the Communications Administrator, allocating tasks, approving annual leave and checking on work that had been set. I liaised with, checked the work of and briefed advertisers, designers, printers, a film production company and our PR agency on a regular basis. I project managed the creation of a service users DVD and researched and developed material for the Improvement Leaders' Network that was due to be launched. I created web pages and updated web content, created complex sign up and sign in forms using Form Spring for event attendees, created password protected areas of the website and uploaded the relevant documents that corresponded with each course. I liaised with the company directors once a new logo and colour palette had been decided, to create and implement a new brand across the organisation. Creating templates, new marketing material, signage and anything else required. It was also my responsibility to create the new brand guidelines and ensure that all staff adhered to them, as well as offer advice to our Australian office on how to go about rebranding. I also researched tenders, created marketing material, organised exhibitions, proof read articles for external publications, wrote press releases and looked for opportunities for reactive press releases.
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council: April 08 – Feb 2009 Marketing and Publicity Assistant: My main responsibilities whilst in this position were to research and update the relevant pages of the council’s intranet and internet pages. Along with, writing, proof reading, editing copy and arranging distribution for the two main publications in our department - a 24 page newsletter for all childcare providers in Oldham and a 30 page magazine for parents. I also interviewed staff and members of organisations to gain information for articles and press releases, wrote, distributed and evaluated press releases, and dealt with any media enquiries that had arisen from them. I also created adverts for websites and newspapers which helped me to become much more MAC and design proficient. The ability to vary my style of writing also improved. The council was re-branded and one of my tasks was to help restyle the parent magazine and other literature in terms of both content, writing styles, layout and imagery to fit in with the new council brand guidelines.
Congleton Borough Council: January 08- March 08 Communications Assistant (temporary position): My main duties in this position included, writing press releases and interacting with journalists, members of the council and the public on a day to day basis. I also evaluated press coverage using press cuttings on a daily basis, helped with presentations and public events and attended press conferences when necessary. It was my responsibility to write, check and edited copy for the twice yearly council external newsletter, and the internal staff publication along with finding images or arranging opportunities where I could go along and take them. It was also my responsibility to upload images and copy to the relevant pages of the internet and intranet. Along with this, I regularly interviewed council staff and the public to gain information for copy or press releases. I was integrated into this position very rapidly; as the council was dealing with a crisis, I had to pick up the required skills quickly, developing my confidence and organisation. As there were only two people in the communications team, my independent thinking and ability to work alone also improved.
Forrest Recruitment: June 07-December 07
Temporary administrative assistant: Whilst with this agency, I took a position in a cosmetics company covering maternity leave. My responsibilities varied but all involved general administration duties and customer relations. I also processed orders, arranged and distributed samples, invoiced customers, obtained freight quotes from a number of companies to gain competitive rates, co-ordinated deliveries, and carried out a number of research tasks.
UK Progress (University of Central Lancashire’s own PR consultancy that is run each year by the PR course’s third year students): September 06- February 07
During this time I took on a leadership role along with the role of designer. The product I designed for our client, Utility (a North West based gift store) won an award for the most creative editorial product. Being responsible for checking copy, sharpened my spelling and grammar skills vastly. Having to delegate tasks and take charge at times, as well as work within the team, also improved my leadership and communication skills. As well as the PR aspects of the consultancy we were also responsible for the administration and general upkeep of the agency (time sheets, budgets, answering phones, dealing with client questions/requests and such like).
Crystal Holidays: Summer 06
Chalet Host: During this time I worked in a chalet, in a resort in Austria. The job involved interacting with both local people, and English guests. Working in a different country where I knew no one, enhanced my independence and expanded my communication skills. I really enjoyed my time in Austria, and as the chalet was reasonably small, with only four staff, I played a part in all areas of its running. These tasks varied from administration and stock taking, to food preparation and bar skills.
University of Central Lancashire: October 05- September 06
Student Ambassador: The job involved giving presentations, giving tours of the university and answering any questions parents or potential students may have about the campus, university, course or accommodation. As well as again, developing my interpersonal and communication skills, it also required me to retain large amounts of information and develop on the spot answers to any questions asked, which was a useful skill to expand.
Education Summary: 2004- 2007: University Of Central Lancashire; BA (Hons) Public Relations degree: 2:1
1ST YEAR: Public relations theory and practice, Writing and Presentation Skills, Information Literacy and Situational Analysis, Management and Organisational Behaviour, Communication Theory Survey, Beginners Spanish
2ND YEAR: Research Methods, Social Influence in Context, Media relations, Career Preparation, Public Relations Management, Public relations in Context, Public Relations Concepts and Cases
3RD YEAR: Public Relations Consultancy, Editorial Management, Public Relations Dissertation, Management and Strategic Communication, Applied Communication, Starting a Business
A Levels: Psychology, History, Law, Biology, General Studies
AS Level: Graphics
GCSE’s: 9 GCSE’s (3A*’s, 3A’s, 2B’s & C) A computer literacy and IT course (CLAIT).