Matt Preston has recently completed a STEP placement at
ExtraMile Communications. Here Matt and ExtraMile
Communications describe the placement.
ExtraMile Communications Ltd is an integrated
digital marketing agency, providing local to global companies with
email marketing, international multi-lingual email marketing,
website design, graphic design, search engine optimisation, web
hosting. Established since April 2000, the company is based
Here's what they have to say about Matt's STEP placement with
We brought in a marketing strategist who analysed our business
and found a gaping hole. The business lacked one thing.
Creativity! Demand for more websites and email marketing was
also growing and our web developer couldn’t cope with the volume of
I felt a graduate would be ideal for this post
and the STEP scheme operated very quickly.
Bringing youth to the team was also a benefit
as the team is predominantly more mature.
The STEP advert is directed at the people with
the right skills so you are likely to be successful in filling a
role effectively to meet outcomes.
This is a ‘try before you buy’ scheme, so if
it works out and you want to employ the candidate, then seeing
their work up front is a huge asset.
Our graduate, Matt, has brought in a totally
different dimension to the one we were operating in previously.
The business has improved with this extra
skill set. Because Matt is a natural designer, the work he
does is by far quicker and better than anything we could have
We can now add another skill set to the
We have seen an increase in business, due to
word of mouth marketing.
Now read about the experience in Matt's own
It took me about 2 weeks to prove to the
company I had what it takes. After a rocky first week, with a lot
of new information to take in, I was well into my comfort zone when
week 2 arrived and managed to win over the hearts of a big client
of ours with my design skills.
I couldn’t tell you how much I’ve learned from
only being with the company for six months – it seems a lot in such
a short space of time. The main focus of my role was to get to
grips with a Content Management System, which we incorporate into
all of our websites, for optimum accessibility and client
usability. I used my design skills alongside this to create a
perfect user experience.
I also feel as if I’ve added a new dimension
to the company. They’re now getting in branding / design / print
marketing work, which they were not able to produce before I came
along, so not only are ExtraMile an online marketing company, but
we can now provide the full suite for clients’ promotional
Having worked after leaving University, I felt
I had the upper hand in terms of getting to grips with this scheme,
even though I never felt as if I had a proper job prior to this.
Now I feel comfortable and I’m settling in nicely to a team that
respect my views and decisions and vice-versa. I’m already
interacting with various clients, and have about 10 projects
on-the-go, so a huge responsibility has been put on my shoulders.
It’s never a dull day here!
I’d truly recommend the STEP scheme to any
student unsure of what to do next. Whilst it gives you experience
in the real world and lots of valuable knowledge, it also gives you
a chance to earn your way so that you’re able to live and reap the
benefits come the end of the contract, when hopefully you will be
taken on in a permanent role, just as I was.
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