Lee has worked alongside the Alumni Service during the 2015-16 academic year and we can’t thank him enough.
Lee can assist or lead on a range of projects and has been instrumental in the running and promotion of; a month long Enterprise Festival, the setting up of this blog, improving the Careers Service provisions (for undergraduates, postgraduates, and alumni) and organising alumni events to name just a few areas he has excelled in.
Lee’s commitment and knowledge will be greatly missed, and it has been a privilege to see first-hand just how knowledgeable and professional our ‘Class of 2015’ graduates are.
Name: Lee Stevenson-Rose
Job Title: Social Media Intern
Working for: Bucks New University Careers Service
Studied: BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management
What is involved in your day-to-day work?
My main responsibility is to schedule content on all of our social media channels, as well as tracking the highest points of engagement across these channels.
A normal day for me could involve anything from sourcing interesting and engaging content in order to plan social media posts for the week/month ahead to lending a hand in the day-to-day operations of this very blog!
I also source materials for career based drop-ins and I help to find work for our current students and alumni.
What have been your main career achievements to date?
There are a few stand out achievements I am most proud of – I have sourced and organised an archive of images of the university dating right back to the 1920’s (some of which can be viewed at www.instagram.com/bucksarchive).
I have increased visitor numbers on our social media platforms and constantly hit my own personal targets regarding numbers and I have done my best to help this blog get to where it is today!
How has your qualification from Bucks helped your career?
The title of my course really does not do it justice, it may not seem like it but it helped me a lot in my chosen field of Social Media Management and Marketing. Many of the modules on the course directly impacted what I do today; obviously the specific social media and marketing modules definitely stand out.
We covered so much from many varied areas, at first it was hard to decide exactly what I wanted to do once leaving university. It was only after starting my current role that I realised just how important and useful many skills I had learnt were to this role.
What advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate into your role/industry?
This is the same with any industry, get as much experience as you possibly can. If you’re struggling to break into this industry then maybe an internship would be the right choice, this will give you the opportunity to hone your craft, get that vital experience and more importantly you will have the opportunity to find out if the role is actually right for you. Charities are a great place to start, get in touch and ask if you could help with their social media, or you could ask if you could shadow whoever runs their social media for the day in order to get a true sense of what this sort of job involves. Just get yourself out there and try your best!
Are there any misconceptions about your role/industry that you would like to address?
I don’t just sit on Facebook and Twitter all day! Honestly there’s more to it than that, I promise!
What advice would you pass on to your first year self?
Visit the Careers Department! This is a great asset overlooked by some students. My current role within this department has given me the opportunity to talk to multiple careers consultants and honestly I just wish I had done it sooner. The consultants are available for drop in sessions every week day between 1-4 pm, just do yourself a favour and take advantage of it!
Please tell us anything else about you, your time at Bucks, your industry or role that will be of interest.
I am also a Mentor to a 1st year student here at the university through our Mentoring Programme. This opportunity to give advice and to pass on what I have learnt from studying here at Bucks and to help a current student with their personal growth is something I have been very proud of.
A message from the Alumni Service Co-ordinator:
I hope Lee has learnt as much from us as we have from him. If we had a permanent role available here we’d refuse to let him leave, and I am happy to be contacted as a reference for Lee.
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