Eleanor Lowther, who is currently studying Business, English Language and Travel and Tourism at Barrow Sixth Form College talks about her dream placement at MHI Vestas in Denmark.
How the work placement came about
I was fortunate enough to undertake a work placement at Barrow Offshore Windfarm and to build on this I reached out to MHI Vestas again to explore the possibility of a visit to their headquarters in Denmark. In order to do this I was asked to write a short brief on what and how MHI Vestas could gain from it. This led to an opportunity to work in their marketing and communications department.
What were my pre-conceptions about Denmark?
As this was such an amazing opportunity I was really excited to experience something different especially being part of such a diverse workplace. I was also looking forward to meeting new people and really get an insight into what it is like in a real working environment. As the weeks’ work experience was fast approaching the excitement soon turned into nerves as I wasn’t sure what to expect as the wind industry is such a professional and rapidly growing market. Whilst on my placement I was soon to realise that the wind industry has something to offer for everyone and the Danish culture embraces this.
What my role involved and what tasks I carried out
I spent my time in marketing and communications my objective was to analyse the new UK marketing and communications campaign and provide recommendations on MHI Vestas’ approach. This involved attendance at a number of meetings, working with the team on a film shoot, analysing marketing media and looking at the social media they use to promote the company.
What I enjoyed most about the role/time there
This experience has helped me understand what a large corporate business looks and feels like. It was great to start to understand the Danish working culture where I was made to feel part of the team. I also enjoyed the social aspect where I got to meet some of the company’s senior management team.
How this may have broadened your horizons working overseas
This placement helped build my confidence as I was meeting lots of new people throughout the week. It has also inspired me to look at different industries that I wouldn’t normally associate with my career aspirations.
Barrow Sixth Form is part of Furness College, which is the only college in Cumbria to be awarded Fair Train’s Work Experience Gold Quality Standard, recognising the high quality of its work experience placements and support.