The summer has finally arrived and for big university cities like Cardiff, that means one thing - the next batch of excited and slightly worried graduates have been released into the wild! Coup Media has always had a great relationship with staff at The Atrium in Cardiff which houses all of the Creative and Cultural Industry courses and produces industry ready graduates. The lovely Julie Kissick, who is the senior lecturer of media and communications, has kindly lined up a couple of third year students to come and help out. We always welcome those who would like to learn a little bit more about the world of Social Media and what it is like to work at an agency like Coup.
Both Amy and Jade finished a matter weeks ago and have jumped at the opportunity to come and intern here at The Loft. I caught up with Amy in the ‘meeting area’ to see how things have been going...
So what are your first impressions of working at an agency like Coup Media out here in the big bad world?
I'm really enjoying it! I always knew it would be really daunting starting my first job /internship in the real world, but I feel like I've settled in really well and everyone's been really helpful and welcoming. Everyone's a lot busier than I thought they would be and there's always work to be done, I didn't realise how many projects would be going on at once!
What sort of things have you been up to?
I spent some time working with Steve on the Oi! Conference, emailing people who might be interested in attending, as well as doing some of my own research to find local businesses and bloggers who might benefit from the event. As well as Oi!, I’ve been helping out with both the KMS and the Internaçionale accounts. I’ve been talking to some beauty bloggers about their reviews of the KMS Frizz Fighter Kit and I’ve even had the chance to read a few! I’ve been doing some bits and pieces on the Internaçionale Pinterest and Instagram accounts which I’ve really enjoyed, it’s really exciting to see people start to ‘like‘ them!
What would you say you’ve learnt so far?
I've learned that working at an agency is really busy, because there are so many clients there is always a lot of things to be working on. Things are a lot more complex than I thought with regards to Social Media; I had no idea that people scheduled posts for Facebook or Twitter. I didn't realise how much planning was involved in things like that. I've also been using Social Bookmarking sites which I'd never really used before. I'd always just used Stumble Upon to find cute pictures of cats or ideas of what to have for dinner, but it turns out there's a lot more to them that.
Would you say that it is what you expected?
I knew the team at Coup was quite small so I wasn't expecting a massive busy office full of people rushing around. Like I said before, there's always a lot going on and everyone always has a job (or 3) to do!
What would you like to do next? Is Social Media an industry that you would like to work in or do you think traditional media is where your future lies?
I'm really passionate about Social Media. I think it's really important for everyone, especially businesses, to have a Social/Online profile to connect with others and I'd like to be a part of that. I do love traditional media, and I really enjoy working in Television, but I feel like Social Media is where I could excel. I've really enjoyed my time at Coup and it's really grown my love for a variety of different social channels the I'd never really used before.
It’s been fantastic to have the extra help in The Loft, especially from interns that have such enthusiasm and are really willing to learn. We hope that we have passed on some of our knowledge to Amy and Jade and wish them all the best for the future!