Graduate unemployment is pretty high at the moment which is why so many students willingly enter into work placements as part of their undergraduate course in order to gain valuable commercial experience. Here at FMI we have a policy of taking on students doing relevant business degrees for their ‘year out’. Bev joined us in July 2010 from Bournemouth University as a trainee Event Manager. She has had it pretty tough though since then… other candidates please take note. One of her first jobs was to pretend to be a continuity girl on an 8-shows, three cities road show conference for a major UK insurance company, presenting to some 3,500 delegates in total. The next project was a 29-venues promotion of a new gas boiler system which was held in dark and dismal go-karting circuits all over the UK. Other jobs included manning the Sony PlayStation 3D games truck, demonstrating cutting edge product to gamers all over the UK and helping to run a Christmas party for a global mobile handset manufacturer and their guests at The Sanctum, London. More recently she has been sorting out a pan-European 4-day, security software conference in Marbella for over 100 corporate partner guests. As you can see from the picture above, it’s a terrible life and a really dreadful career choice. If you would like a work placement in our sweatshop, email Bev, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details… if you think you’re hard enough!