AUB meets ROUTEpr!

We have recently taken on Charlotte from AUB as a work placement student! Read how she is getting on below…


“As a student at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), and only ever working on student events, coming into a professional environment was very daunting and it made me nervous.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect!

I was worried that I would be sat in the corner for 8 weeks observing, making cups of tea, making up some goody bags and getting treated like a child.

How wrong could I be?

On my first day, I met the team and was given a brief induction into the business. Once I was shown to my desk and my computer, I was more or less thrown straight into the deep end. I think they taught me how to swim and juggle at the same time!

I started work on the brand new event, Taste of the South, which is in association with Poole Maritime Festival. It’s a 3-day festival packed with food, drink, artisans and much more, and will showcase everything from across the South of England.

My role has been finding products, checking out speakers and demonstrators, and helping the team with the whole event infrastructure and PR. But it hasn’t just been about following orders, they have listened to my ideas too. It’s great to be working in such a supportive environment where my ideas and the work I’ve achieved are put forward and into action.

Within my first month I have already completed so much, including working on:

  • PR
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Event planning

Just the other week, Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of the company was invited to deliver a talk about PR. She took me along with the rest of the team so we could take part. We all stood up at the Wimborne Women in Business Network and worked as a team to explain the definition of Public Relations. We listened and spoke about what it means in business and how different businesses can use it to their advantage (without it having to cost the earth!). I saw first-hand how to engage with an audience and showcase the business.

I’ve also experienced the glitz and glamour side of working in the world of PR and events. I have attended two completely different events as a member of the ROUTEpr team. One was the launch of the Swanage Rep at the Mowlem Theatre. Rep theatre was all but extinguished until a recent resurgence and one of our clients, Hordern Ciani, are jumping on the trend. The team were on the phone to the media, calling bloggers, TV and radio stations to invite them to attend the launch party. We all attended the launch party at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage and I was even given the responsibility of networking with the guests there. I wasn’t expecting to be included in those activities so soon!

There is always something new and exciting happening at ROUTEpr and you rarely can predict what will happen tomorrow, nor who might call or pop in!

I can honestly say that it is one of the most exciting things I have done and it is one of the reasons I love the events industry!

I’m excited to continue my placement here at ROUTEpr; time flies by so quickly. I am excited to see what exciting things will happen next!

Now, it’s back to work on Taste of the South which is great fun (really, it is!). I can’t wait to be a part of the event on 19th, 20th and 21st May and to put faces to names behind the products and producers.

Before that, we are all attending some business network events in restaurants, at car dealerships, and I am looking forward to more events in the weeks ahead as I know it will help my confidence and give me a chance to make contacts and to support the team”

For more updates and stories from the team at ROUTEpr, you can read the latest news or get in touch with us on 01202 896698.

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