Grace Thomas – A path to marketing through Work Experience

My name is Grace Thomas, and I am a student at Heart of Worcestershire College. I take Level 3 Business and I have been looking for work experience (WEX) to complement my studies.

I have chosen to take up a two-week placement at Arcus for WEX to get an insight into what it’s really like to work in a corporate marketing department. The view of Marketing we often see is a glamourised version, so I’m hoping to gain some real-life experience to decide what area of work I might want to go into, as well as just a feel for working in general.

Work Experience offers valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth. It allows you to gain practice skills, expand your knowledge, and build a strong foundation for your future career – and helps you develop a professional network.

I have created this blog to highlight my own experience with Arcus and explain why work experience is important.

Grace Thomas

Work Experience

I’ve also created a vlog of my experience; this will be to highlight the tasks and experiences that Arcus has provided me with. This will be both good for me to reflect on as I consider my future, and to show the benefits of work experience at Arcus.


My first week kicked off with an induction with Mike Forrest, Head of Marketing and Digital, who provided an overview of all the tasks I would be doing in my two-week placement. I then met the wider Marketing Team in their weekly team meeting and discussed how I’d work with them all to complete my WEX projects.

The tasks I undertook in week one included:


In my second week with Arcus Marketing we did various tasks: working with film crews and audio specialists, learning more about B2B social media, Arcus’s approach to winning business, and training their colleagues.

Overall experience

My overall time with Arcus has been insightful, educational, and fun and has made me excited to get started on my career in Marketing. I got a chance to be a part of a team that was hardworking, talented, and welcoming. I’m grateful to the team I worked with and those I met and hope to work with them again in the future. 

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