Following his attendance at the Bright Network Festival, Alec successfully secured a Brand Manager role with Frontline. We managed to catch up with Alec to congratulate him on his success and find out what advice he has to offer others wanting to follow in his footsteps.
What do you enjoy most about working for Frontline?
Being a Brand Manager first and foremost has been excellent. I enjoy the ability to have almost complete freedom in being able to decide when I work but also what type of work I would like to engage in; whether discussing Frontline’s opportunities with students at careers fairs or operating exciting marketing campaigns like our most recent Snapchat filter. As the only Campus Representative at Warwick University, I know that everything Frontline related on Campus was my own work and you get a sense of pride as you stroll through campus and see Frontline branded bike covers or you see individuals in the Library using Frontline branded pens.
There is also the opportunity to meet many new people and to help them achieve their career goals by informing them about the vast range of opportunities Frontline offers. The Frontline team has also offered incredible support and training. On the training day you have the chance to meet with Brand Managers from across the UK at other universities providing an expansive network of talented individuals. Working for Frontline means that you are a part of a movement that is truly special.
What does being a Brand Manager entail?
The job can vary massively and each Frontline Brand Manager could give their own unique answer to what their role has included. This really makes the roles at Frontline distinct from other opportunities or organisations. The main tasks involve attending Frontline events, networking with societies and individuals, signing up students to the mailing list, distributing merchandise and creating a buzz on campus. Brand awareness is so important to Frontline as a young organisation, meaning the role of Brand Manager is really vital to Frontline’s success.
Is working for a good cause like Frontline’s something that you’ve been considering since before starting University? If not, how did your interest in the cause grow during your studies and research?
I have always believed in giving back to the community and to contribute my skills towards programmes and ideas that make the world a better place so by transforming the lives of vulnerable children, Frontline serves as a fantastic platform to do so. I study Economics and a critical area of research is decision-making. Often, social workers have to help individuals make better and more informed decisions, therefore there are natural synergies between my studies and the active role social workers have in society. On a slightly more personal note, my Auntie adopted two young children two years ago, this gave me the opportunity to see first-hand the exceptional role social workers have in our society and sparked an interest in this field of work before I started at University.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The process consisted of a short online application, a video interview and a final face to face interview. To do the application form well you must do significant research on the organisation and relate that to your own experiences and achievements. For the video interview, practise talking to a webcam as this will feel very awkward initially. The final interview again requires adequate preparation as I was required to present and discuss my proposals for raising Frontline’s brand awareness at Warwick University. Overall the process was straightforward and the Frontline team are very willing to help out if you have any concerns. One example is that when I was in the procedure of completing my online application, I received a call from Frontline in regards to whether I had any questions about the organisation or the role and this was a very kind gesture.
What’s it like balancing your work with Frontline around your studies?
It has never been an issue as you have absolute flexibility for when you want to work unless there is a Frontline event on campus although these are not very demanding time wise. Working for Frontline does improve your time management and organisation skills which will benefit your studies.
What three top tips would you give to graduates applying for internships, or work that compliments their studies?
Tip 1: Love what you do
Apply for what you are truly passionate about, forget about whether it will look good on my CV or whether it pays lots of money. If you truly love what you do, you will spend more time doing it, enabling you to become better at it and therefore more successful.
Tip 2: Stay positive
You may receive many rejections but do not get disheartened; use it as motivation to consistently try to improve yourself and be the best person you can possibly be.
Tip 3: Networking
Be resourceful and never underestimate the power of networks; using your networks wisely can enable you to find information that may be critical to your success and will give you an advantage over other candidates.