Thursday 8 March 2018

Apprentice Life at Mecmesin 

Kara, Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Mecmesin apprentices get hands on work experience
Kara working on product brochure assets
University isn’t for everyone and having worked within a digital marketing role for almost two years prior to joining Mecmesin I was keen not to be ‘pigeon-holed’ within the industry. In hope to grow and strengthen my skill-set I joined as an apprentice, which would not only give me a role to fulfil this but also a qualification I could take forward with me.  

Although on release to college one day a week, my role at Mecmesin was not limited. Throughout completing my apprenticeship training I was given the opportunity to get hands on experience in areas that coincided with my study. As a global company with multiple subsidiaries Mecmesin has given me the perfect foundation to work across a breadth of projects providing the varied role I’d been craving!

Responsibilities in the Marketing Department

Apprentice experience includes producing marketing collateral
The published work
Having now developed within my role, I am responsible for the contribution, maintenance, and development of digital projects and campaigns across; Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, Pay-Per-Click, and Social Media. From these campaigns I am tasked with monitoring key performance indicators and producing reports to demonstrate effective return on investment – something I find very rewarding as it allows me to see exactly how my efforts are benefiting the company. 

Full time career

Apprentice experience at product launch events
Product launch at Control 2017
Despite my apprenticeship programme being purely based on the digital aspect of marketing, I was also given the chance to assist with the organisation of exhibitions. This has introduced me to a whole new aspect of marketing, and really helped to build my confidence after I attended the launch of our new product range at the Control show in Germany May last year.  

Originally this role was a placement that allowed me to complete my Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing, but now it is a role that is growing with me and I am a happy full-time employee. 

Check out our careers page for apprenticeship opportunities!

Thursday 8 February 2018

Jennifer Colins, Software Test Engineer

In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science day on Feb 11 2018, we asked Jennifer Collins, Software Test Engineer at Mecmesin about her career choice:

"A desire to understand how things work, a willingness to problem solve and an independent minded personality enabled me to achieve a career which encompassed Computer/Network Support and Software Testing.  
A Bachelor’s degree in an arts-related field, a career started in a traditionally defined gender role, even motherhood (twice!) has not placed insurmountable barriers to my moving into, and working in, Technology and Engineering departments where I have often started out as the only woman on the team.   
However finding my final chosen career would have been easier with greater opportunities and encouragement when choosing my educational path.  As a mother of young girls I encourage my daughters to challenge positively, question, problem solve and be independently minded however it is they themselves who have to challenge the stereotypes perpetuated by their own peer groups so that they can choose an educational path and a career which is one they find personally fulfilling."

Find out more about careers at Mecmesin.

Emily Swinburne, Mechanical Design Engineer

In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science day on Feb 11 2018, we asked Emily Swinburne, Mechanical Design Engineer at Mecmesin about her career choice:

"As someone who has always been very good with numerical based subjects, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) career was a logical choice. Engineering became a focus quite early on in my life after I found myself wondering how things work far more often than why. I was fortunate enough to have a family that actively encouraged my inquisitiveness, a primary school that sought to engage me intellectually far beyond the standard curriculum and, a very forward thinking all girls high school that placed a heavy emphasis on STEM subjects. The latter was greatly helped by its specialist status in engineering.

I recognise that despite my fortunate early experiences, the gender bias is still prominent in STEM fields. I studied on a vastly male dominated degree course and currently work in a male dominated department. However, the gap is closing and, more importantly, the attitude towards women in these fields is changing too.

At Mecmesin, I have been given the opportunity to work on a large number of projects in a very short span of time. The variety presented ensures no two days are the same and the company's use of both traditional machined solutions as well as 3D printed ones opens up design approaches that I would have never considered during my time at university."