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Going from a Brand Manager to Talent Coordinator at Frontline has been a great experience

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I first came across Frontline in my second year of university. I was immediately excited by the prospect of working with such a new and exciting charity, with a mission I really believed in. After researching Frontline and their mission – to transform the lives of vulnerable children by developing outstanding social workers – I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  I also wanted to gain more work experience, and develop skills that would be useful for my career post-university, which I was definitely able to do whilst working for Frontline as a Brand Manager at the University of Bristol.

As a Brand Manager my role was to increase Frontline’s visibility on campus, spreading the mission and encouraging outstanding students to apply for Frontline’s various opportunities. One of the most enjoyable events I attended as a Brand Manager was a Student Hubs social impact careers fair – it was great to meet a huge number of really engaged students who really wanted to make a difference to society!

Working as a Brand Manager helped me to grow my confidence in engaging with students from a wide range of backgrounds. Through creating relationships with various stakeholders and running events on campus, I had the opportunity to develop my communication skills and gain marketing experience, whilst promoting a cause I felt really passionate about.

The role also enabled me to gain an insight into what working for a non-profit organisation was like, and I received a great deal of support from the Frontline team to help develop my employability skills and improve my CV.

After I finished my role as a Brand Manager and graduated from university, an opportunity arose at Frontline’s Head Office in the recruitment team. Working in the recruitment team at Frontline has been a great first job, and being part of a small team has given me the chance to get lots of experience and have a go at everything. The role of Talent Coordinator is hugely varied and includes screening applications, facilitating assessment centres and going out on campus to meet students. This has allowed me to further develop my leadership and communication skills, all within a fast paced and exciting environment.

Through my role as Talent Coordinator I have been involved in the recruitment of outstanding individuals at every stage. Seeing people who I remember speaking to at a university careers fair come through to the assessment centre, and ultimately gain a place on the programme has been fantastic. I have also been able to work alongside other members of the recruitment team to support the training and management of this year’s Brand Managers.

Having spent a year working for Frontline as a Brand Manager, I already had a detailed understanding of the programme and mission when I came to apply to join the Head Office team, so my experience as a Brand Manager was really invaluable. With paid graduate jobs in the charity sector notoriously hard to come by, gaining work experience within the sector whilst still a student is hugely important, and going from a Brand Manager to Talent Coordinator within Frontline has been a great experience.

The best thing about working for Frontline however is knowing that all the work we do to recruit top graduates really does impact the lives of vulnerable children and families. Hearing from participants on the Frontline programme about the work they’re doing is always hugely inspiring and really drives home the importance of getting outstanding graduates to become leaders in social work and broader society.

So, if you’re looking for a rewarding job on campus that will boost your CV and give you invaluable work experience at a start-up charity, I’d thoroughly recommend applying to be a Frontline Brand Manager!