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Hi, everyone! My name is Misbaah and I’m here to talk about my placement experience so far. I am currently completing a 12-month placement as a Marketing Officer here at The People’s Orchestra. Six months in, my experience has been quite different to what I had imagined. Due to the current circumstances, my team and I have had to work from home, just like majority of us out there. However, I have received full support from my colleagues through daily Zoom meetings and staying in contact throughout the day by email and messaging.

Much of my role is based around social media. Creating content for our social media platforms has enabled me to be creative with caption/blog writing and choosing the perfect media to go with it. Working on many different projects, stats and research has improved my report writing and analytics documentation and creative thinking, which is something I wanted to take from my placement year. It is fair to say I have gained a lot of skills already half-way through my placement, with the support of my incredible team.

Being away from a traditional workspace has meant that I’ve had to motivate myself to complete every task to the best of my ability whilst being in my ‘comfort’ and ‘relaxing’ environment. Maintaining my concentration was hard at first but a few days in I got the hang of it. However, the first couple of months we had in the office was amazing! I had the chance to experience what it’s like working in an office setting which gave me a clear insight into what to expect once I graduate and start my career.

The work ethic here at TPO is incredible. The team is creative, and work driven, supporting each other with many projects that we run, including recruiting, website development and hosting in-person and virtual events. This is a great place to gain work experience, especially for those of you who are looking to work on variety of fast paced projects, and of course if you love music!

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