Six months ago, we hired FMI’s newest event and marketing intern – Amy Mak.
Amy joined our team as she was unsure about her future career and wanted to experience a lot of different industries and sectors before potentially enrolling at university. Every day our team works closely with Amy to ensure she’s getting the most out of this experience and gaining valuable insight into events, incentives, branding and marketing.
She’s got a further six months still on the job with us and we hope the exposure will really set her on the right career path moving forward.
Ahead of the second half of her placement, we caught up with Amy to see how she’s finding working life at FMI…
How did you hear about the company and what made you choose to take up a placement at FMI?
I heard about FMI agency through a family friend, who works in the agency’s studio. I’d always been fascinated by their work and felt a connection to the sectors they operate in.
When I was leaving school, I was unsure of what I wanted to do at university, but I knew I had an interest in events management. I enquired about gaining experience with FMI and was thrilled when I gained a placement with them. Working at FMI has allowed me to gain valuable insight into a lot of different sectors and this will now hopefully help me in choosing my future career path.
Over the past six months, I’ve worked alongside a lot of different people in various departments of the agency and think this has been really beneficial for my future.
Had you had any previous agency/other work experience prior to joining FMI?
I don’t have any previous agency experience but worked in my local café for a few years and also cleaned the community church in my village. I’ve also completed work experience with Ignite Sports (helping children in their PE lessons) and at the Oxford Belfry in hospitality.
Did you complete a university degree prior to your role at FMI? If not, what are your thoughts on going straight into the working world?
As of yet, I’ve not attended university and came straight into this role at FMI after finishing school.
When it comes to my future, I’m still not sure about attending university, but know going straight into the working world would suit me fine. I think it’s really important to have a good understanding around what field of study you want to complete at university, otherwise, you could potentially waste a lot of money. I’m also finding it useful to get experience in jobs I’m interested in, to see if it is a good fit for me further down the line.
What tasks does your current role involve?
My role at FMI is very varied. As an events and marketing intern I cover a range of tasks, which involve all the departments within the agency. My current focus at the moment is gathering supplier quotes for new merchandise and marketing ideas, which I’m finding really insightful – both from an agency and client point of view.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My favourite thing about my job is the people I work with. They are very friendly and so easy to get on with. Everyone works together and gives a helping hand whenever needed. I’m learning so much from the team and feel I’m getting an incredibly well-rounded look at the industry.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues would hopefully describe me as organised, hardworking and approachable.
Is there something that you have achieved since you started at FMI that you are particularly proud of?
I feel my greatest achievement whilst working at FMI has been my ability to quickly learn new skills and understand when to use them; which has kept me motivated and focused.
A particular occasion I’m proud of though, was giving a presentation to the whole team; talking about my experiences over the first four months and what I’d learnt up until that point.
What are your goals for the remaining period of your placement?
During the next six months in this role, I want to maximise my exposure to all the departments and actively get involved in any events, campaigns or projects available. I know I’ve still got a lot to take in, but I’m open to the whole experience.
What are your career plans for the future?
Hopefully to go to University; although I’m still not 100 per cent decided on what to study. My long-term dream is to have my own business, doing something I love and can be proud of – like the team at FMI.
Keep in touch with Amy on LinkedIn to see how she gets on in the second half of her year as an intern!