If you are ever thinking of hiring a student placement, I would highly recommend it, based on our recent experience. The Tribes office is based on the Surrey Research Park, and part of the Surrey University campus. As such, we felt it would be good to provide an opportunity to a student needing a work placement.
We employed Jamie on a year’s contract from July 2016 – July 2017. Not having done this before, we were not sure what to expect, but I can assure you our experience was an excellent one, and Jamie soon became a valuable member of the Tribe. Having a placement of 12 months also enabled Jamie to experience a wide range of tasks within the business, as well as having client contact. It was valuable to have a ‘youth perspective’ on some of our projects, and Jamie’s view of social media helped our business in many ways
Jamie is a business studies student at Surrey University in Guildford, here’s what he had to say:
What’s been the best thing about your placement at Tribes?
The best thing about a placement at Tribes is definitely the level of responsibility I’ve been given as an intern here. From day one, I was trusted with important responsibilities that covered various areas of the business, from managing community panels on behalf of big corporate brands, to re-designing and coding an entire panel/website. These responsibilities aren’t usually offered to interns in my position so I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to experience tasks like this and develop crucial skills whilst doing so. I’ll definitely be showing off my portfolio of work to friends and family!
What’s been the least favourite?
In terms of my role here, I would say data coding is the one responsibility I disliked. To go through lines and lines of text and categorise each response was definitely a tedious job, however there were always a few responses that would make me laugh out loud!
What’s been the biggest skill you have learnt from your placement?
I think the biggest skill I’ve developed is data presentation, in particular, creating infographics. Infographics are a great way to display the findings of a study, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create numerous infographics throughout the year on behalf of clients and for Tribes. It’s really rewarding to see a finalised infographic with the results of a project, particularly after going through the whole process of managing a project
How would you describe Tribes to friends?
Tribes are a small organisation that deliver high quality research services for their clients. They’re a friendly, skilled, and passionate group of individuals who collectively come together to deliver on their research promises. The culture at Tribes portrays a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
Which has been your favourite client?
My favourite client to work with has to be ITV because of the volume of work and frequency of contact I’ve had with them. Thinking of discussion and poll topics on a weekly basis was challenging at times but designing email and recruitment newsletters was fun. I was able to design each creative from scratch with my own ideas which has helped me massively in terms of my creative skillset.
What has been the hardest thing about working full time?
Definitely getting used to the long working hours. This was my first ever 9-5:30 job so I had to get used to the early mornings and missing out on midweek social events, although I can happily admit the experience here has been well worth it.
What’s the most interesting thing about market research?
The most interesting thing about market research is the variety of topics the industry covers. Research can be conducted for a client from any industry and I’ve been lucky enough to work with companies ranging from big US media firms to high end fashion brands. It’s also always interesting to see the outcome of a study and see the thoughts of the everyday consumer and compare them with your own.
Let us know if you have a funniest moment, something surprising etc.
A funny experience I had was the opportunity to attend a live recording of ITV’s Loose Women. Courtesy of our client, I went to ITV studios with my housemates and sat in the front row of the audience on one of the live episodes. Tribes had the show on TV in the office and we joked about the experience and how much airtime I managed to receive!