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Vivek Das

Enactus University: Bath

Current Role: Placement

Organisation: Philips Lighting

Enactus played an integral role in securing my professional placement. The organisation gave me direct access to global brands, and enabled me to communicate with recruiters and industry experts through tailored careers events.

The guidance provided by Enactus' Engagement Manager was invaluable; he personally contacted partners, and continuously followed up with them to ensure that I was given a response. This led to me receiving an offer from Philips, who were eager to learn about my involvement with Enactus.

My volunteering experience was a differentiating factor in the interview, and I am now able to apply the well-rounded skills that I gained from Enactus projects on a daily basis at Philips.

As part of the Product Marketing team, I was responsible for liaising with Account Managers, Supply Chain planners and R&D experts on cross-functional projects. This developed my negotiation skills, and I was required to communicate effectively to overcome hurdles.

I was involved in coordinating new launches, undertaking market intelligence and managing product samples. Through the Philips University, I learned about lean processes and had the opportunity to implement a ‘kaizen’ initiative to improve efficiency. This placement enabled me to take ownership of key projects, including the company’s consumer website, and I enjoyed proposing creative changes. Customer visits instilled in me a practical understanding of the local market, and this experience complemented the knowledge gained from my Business Administration course.

Marketing events, town hall meetings and team building activities provided a chance to collaborate with individuals across the Philips network. Through engaging with colleagues in 7 countries, I gained new perspectives and learned about conducting business in different parts of the globe. Over 6 months, I received a first-hand view of the operations within a multinational organisation, and I am grateful for Enactus' support throughout.