Community Energy Scotland, Dingwall
Sociology student Lucy Brown took full advantage of an eight-week summer placement in a rich and varied work environment to make some great contacts for the future, as she explains.
What's your background?
I’m a Sociology student, studying at the University of Strathclyde.
What project were you involved in?
My work as Marketing, Communications and Media Assistant aimed to help increase awareness of Community Energy Scotland’s work within Scotland. This involved reviewing the marketing and communications strategy and creating 20 project case studies.
I also worked to improve the team’s confidence when using social media as a communication tool. I was invited to review further work on the company’s new website after I left the placement and also test it before it went live.
What did you learn on placement?
It’s been invaluable in terms of increasing my confidence, creativity and knowledge of the field. I have enjoyed every minute of it. I feel like I have made some brilliant contacts for the future and have had nothing but kindness and encouragement from everyone here.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The team have been fantastically welcoming. Their willingness for me to work on my own initiative has been rewarding and allowed me to be creative in meeting the project aims. Not many workplaces offer the ability to chat about land reform, crofting, Scottish social history, politics and policy during your coffee break! It’s a brilliant, vibrant place, full of people who really care about what they do: a highly refreshing context to work in.
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