WEXO placements using the STEP schemes don’t just work for people who are entering the working world. Andy Stafford had already worked in the music industry and decided to go back to university. His account here shows how someone with significant experience managed to finance an internship that then turned into a full time role:
“After working at an independent record label for two years I decided to take a short hiatus from the music industry to complete my post-graduate studies. Initially I was apprehensive about the prospect leaving paid work to re-enter academia but thanks to WEXO I can safely say it was a decision that’s paid off. Upon completing my course WEXO helped me fit back into the music business seamlessly. I was lucky enough to be given a role within the music division of Platinum Rye Entertainment, a company that facilitates music licencing as well as sourcing tracks for use in TV, Radio and Online advertising. It is an arena that I’ve always wanted a role in, where my duties include providing music searches, negotiating music licences and liaising with advertising producers and creatives.
After my internship period ended I am very pleased to say that I am now a full time member of staff at Platinum Rye Entertainment.
Thank you WEXO.”
Thinking about the future can be daunting, especially if you are undecided about which path to follow. When I graduated from Edinburgh University early this year, reality kicked in that I needed to immerse myself in the job market. Constant reminders of bleak employment statistics proved discouraging for my future.
Although I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the media and entertainment sector, there are very few recruitment agencies that specialize in this field. A friend mentioned she had signed up to WEXO and managed to secure interviews at a number of great places.
As soon as I searched in the media column, a range of work experience, internships and jobs came up for the most fantastic companies. I applied straight away to a portfolio of companies to broaden my chances but my heart was really set on one company in particular – Platinum Rye Entertainment – to work as a celebrity and music intern!
It seemed luck was on my side, and after an interview with the MD of the company I was given the opportunity to work with Platinum Rye. I was made to feel one of the team straight away and was given the responsibility to focus on research for commercial deals between brands and celebrities. Platinum Rye source the best celebrity for an advertising or PR campaign, as well as securing the rights to hit songs for a commercials – we have worked with a number of high-profile celebrities, including Sienna Miller for the Hugo Boss advertising and Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, and Claudia Schiffer for the Dolce and Gabbana campaign.
I have worked in a number of companies over the last 7 years and Platinum Rye has been by far the most exciting and enjoyable business I have been involved with. Without the help of WEXO I would have never been given this incredible opportunity……