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Monday 10 April 2017

In January 2017 Kundai Musara, a BA (Hons) Writing, Fashion and Culture graduate, was successful in gaining a 12-week internship as a marketing and PR executive at Hampshire County Council.

Solent has built a strong relationship with Hampshire County Council, which has seen both the Council and our students benefit. Hampshire County Council is able to access graduates’ enthusiasm and fresh ideas, and the graduates themselves gain valuable experience in the workplace.

We caught up with Kundai to see how he’s getting on and how the internship will help his career.

Can you tell us why you applied for the graduate position?
“Firstly, I applied because I studied writing and fashion culture at university and we had done a unit on writing in the PR industry, which I was really interested in and really enjoyed. So as soon as this came up, I thought ‘yeah, I might as well apply’. And it was worth it, as I have enjoyed every minute of it!”

What kind of projects are you working on?
“I’ve been doing a lot of visits, attending events and writing pieces to be posted on the website. I was taken to London to visit the Shard and an event that was set up as a kind of ‘speed dating’ between local authorities and developers. I was able to write a piece about it and posted it on the website. The website is another thing I look after alongside the marketing team. I have more visits set up and I’ve been writing content for the Visit Hampshire website too, which is planning to relaunch soon.”

Why do you think a graduate would want to do a short internship like the one you are doing?
“This has put what I learnt on my course into use and I’ve gained more experience from it as well. Gaining that experience will make me more sellable to employers. It’s been definitely worth it.”

Would you recommend this program to other graduates?
“Yes, definitely! I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. The team are looking after me and they’re even helping me find jobs for after I leave.”

Can you tell me what skills you are using in your role?
“Writing, because my course was a writing course and I’ve been writing every day. Everybody has been passing me along content to write about, and I love it. It keeps me busy!”

We also talked to senior officer for tourism, Chris Bowry, about Hampshire County Council working with Solent University. Chris discussed his experience and reasons for hiring a graduate through the Solent Graduate Scheme:

“Our reasons for working with Solent are because we recognise that they are teaching the graduates the skills for the market in Hampshire. They are really key to the local business, which is why we want to be able to support that and support students embarking in their decisions and careers.  We understand that they need to get experience because it’s required in order for them to build their CVs. We also recognise that graduates are key to business growth in the area and we want to be supporting that.”

If you are an employer looking to work with us to provide placements or internships to our students or graduates, please contact employers@solent.ac.uk.

Students looking for graduate employment opportunities or employability advice should visit Solent Futures.

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