Impact Excellence Awards: Randox revealed as Ulster University Placement Employer Award Finalist

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Impact Excellence Awards: Randox revealed as Ulster University Placement Employer Award Finalist

The cream of students employers were last night celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office, to pay recognition to the companies across Northern Ireland that go above and beyond to provide high calibre placement and job opportunities for University students.

With over 155 companies nominated, including PWC and BBC, the competition for the top Placement Employer in Northern Ireland was fierce. We are extremely pleased to announce that Randox came in as one of the top 3 finalists for Ulster University’s Top Placement Employer of the Year, in the ‘nominated by an Ulster University Student’ category.

We caught up with Human Resources Officer, Jolene Jamison, who manages the Placement and Graduate Programme, about what it is that makes the placement experience at Randox so unique.

 

The Randox Placement Programme, by Human Resources Officer, Jolene Jamison

An in-depth induction

For students the Randox placement journey, from beginning to end, is the perfect transition from university life to the workplace.

When they arrive, the induction process is an important first step in easing students into what is for many, their first professional job.  It gives students an overview of the company, the company’s products and services, the ethos of the organisation, the responsibilities of their job role, the placement support on offer and the processes in place for feedback and evaluation.   The induction process also gives students an insight into the valuable contribution they can make to Randox and subsequently global health, by showcasing examples of previous placement students’ work.

Students also have the opportunity to meet with other employees and students across the company to develop an understanding of the wider Randox organisation. Each induction is tailored dependent on the role to be fulfilled, in order to help the student to gain an understanding of where they personally fit within the organisation, and so they experience a mix of presentations, seminars, interactive sessions and shadowing a supervisor, to gain insight into the responsibilities of their department.

We also make a preliminary assessment of each student’s capabilities in order to identify training and development needs throughout the duration of their placement.

A Supportive Environment

During placements with us our students are each supported by a dedicated placement co-ordinator and mentor, and meet with them every 3 months for review. 

At an initial review students outline the skills gained from their degree, identify their career goals, and agree a plan of action with their mentor. This ensures their skills are utilised during their placement, provides focus and direction and helps them on their chosen career path.

For each upcoming review period, each student’s strengths and any challenges they have encountered are identified, with new objectives set as part of an on-going review.  This helps highlight any training and development needs, enabling the placement co-ordinator to implement a training plan. 

The placement co-ordinator at Randox is responsible for the pastoral support of each student, and additionally, students are often paired off with a colleague in their department who helps with day-to-day support. 

All Randox student placements are financially supported; they receive an employment package similar to full-time employees including paid holidays and flexible working hours.

Helping students discover their goals and objectives

At Randox we are aware of the important contribution we can make in shaping a student’s professional career, which is why placement opportunities are offered to even those in their first year of university studies, through the Randox APEX Programme.

Students are encouraged to discuss their long term career goals with their placement mentor and manager, and are encouraged to pursue their own areas of interest.

Students are often involved in novel research projects, encouraging individual thinking, ideas generation and strong confidence in their ability. These novel research projects encourage placement students to get involved in the core company projects and voice their thoughts and ideas.  Working in such an environment can give placement students the opportunity to develop professional expertise in specialist areas.

The opportunity to make a real contribution

This year we were awarded with our Placement Employer Award specifically for the placement we provided for Business Student Meghan Sample.

Meghan made real contributions to Randox during her time here, and was involved in presenting a digital content marketing strategy to Marketing Management. This included strict guidelines to ensure consistency through all graphics, language used and tone of voice.  She then implemented this content marketing strategy via mail-campaigns, social platforms, web pages, insightful clinical market articles and whitepapers.

The results of Meghan’s digital content marketing strategy helped her and her team understand her value and the value of her work to the organisation.  Online engagement increased by a staggering 1,200%, web traffic by 256.91% and by quarter 3 of 2016, 100% of Randox RX Series sales to distributors and end-users originated from Meghan’s digital marketing campaign.

This not only gave Meghan a focus for her studies upon her return to university but a real understanding of how academic learning is put in to practice in the working world.  This project enabled her to find her passion and decide what area of work she wanted to pursue.

Letting students know that they’re doing well

We really value that students require support and encouragement and therefore we celebrate their achievements at a Student Placement Awards Ceremony, in which exceptional students who have worked hard, made outstanding contributions to the company, and excelled in general during their placement year are formally recognised.  This furthermore instils pride and self-esteem in the students that will encourage the continuation of their hard work and determination.

Meghan Semple joined Team Randox in September 2015 as a Marketing Placement student from Ulster University Business School, and left Randox as our Business Placement Student of the Year 2015-2016, an accolade that recognised her achievements and contributions to the company.

An exceptional experience

The placement student experience is second to none.  During their Randox placement, students are given the opportunity to be involved in ground breaking research and development, often working with pioneering technologies that are exported globally. 

Being entrusted to work individually on personal projects of such high calibre means that students can set and achieve impressive goals, instilling a strong sense of professional pride early in each student’s career. 

Being given their own tasks and responsibilities integrates students into the Randox workforce, performing duties of equal importance to graduate, part-time, full-time, new, and long-serving members of staff alike. 

For the duration of their placements, placement students are as involved in the running of Randox as any other member of staff and their contributions make a real difference.

Students are offered exposure to staff at varying levels and are involved in presentations to Management. They are offered the same opportunities as any other member of their team, as the fresh ideas and perspectives of Ulster University students are hugely beneficial and valued by Randox.  Many Randox students are offered full-time jobs upon completion of their degree, which shows the importance of Randox placements as a springboard into exciting and enjoyable careers.”

For more information about the Impact Excellence Awards, please contact randoxpr@randox.com

For information on what it’s like to work at Randox, visit http://www.randox.com/we-are-randox/ , or for current vacancies please visit http://careers.randox.com/


We Are Randox | Randox Placement Student Meghan Semple receives Ulster Business School Excellence in Placement Award

At Randox we take pride in the high calibre of placement students we have as part of our team.

Not only do our students develop their business knowledge and acumen while they work here, they also grow personally during their year with us.  

The acquisition of skills including time management, problem-solving and professional conduct goes hand-in-hand with the development of confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness.

And just as our students benefit from their times spent with us, so too do we as a modern and innovative healthcare company benefit from the fresh perspectives and forward-thinking ideas our students bring to Randox.

These students make real and valued contributions to our global organisation, and no one seems to demonstrate this better than our Business Placement Student of the Year 2015-2016, Meghan Semple.

Meghan joined Team Randox in September 2015 as a Marketing Placement Student from Ulster University Business School.

Fast forward just over a year, and Meghan has received a Highly Commended Marketing Award from The Ulster University Business School, at the Excellence in Placement Awards, as recognition of the contributions she has made to Randox!

Speaking at the Excellence in Placement Awards, she explained why.

“When I joined Randox last year I was appointed a Marketing role in the RX Series, which are Randox’s range of clinical chemistry analysers.  

“For the first few weeks in my new role I spent time getting to know the brand, and making sure to gain an in-depth understanding of its key communication channels and messages. 

“The RX Series was already present online in the form of a website, social media platforms, and through various mail campaigns. However, I identified the company’s potential for higher engagement and better recognition as a leading technology brand, by conducting some competitor analysis and thoroughly researching our own perception amongst our target audience.

“This resulted in an opportunity to present a content marketing strategy to Marketing Management. This included strict guidelines to ensure consistency through all graphics, language used and tone of voice.  I also managed the implementation of this content marketing strategy via mail-campaigns, social platforms, web pages, insightful clinical market articles and whitepapers.

“In November 2015 my strategy was implemented, increasing online engagement by a staggering 1,200%.  We also increased our web traffic by 256.91%.  By quarter 3 of 2016, 100% of RX sales to distributors and end-users came from my Digital Marketing campaign.

“My work within the RX Series holistically changed the face of the brand, and for my efforts I was awarded the Pinnacle Business Placement Student of the Year award from Randox.”

Eamon Lenehan, Global Marketing Manager from Randox, commented;

“The effect Meghan had on the RX Series business is extremely impressive given the short time she was with us.  Her input in to our online presence cannot be underestimated and her dedication to increasing our band awareness has had a considerable impact on the Randox brand. 

Our digital presence has never been stronger, and that is thanks to Meghan.  Her creation of creative and original content as well as her collaboration across all channels has truly injected a new lease of life in to the RX Series and subsequently in to the Randox brand as a whole.”

 

We are extremely grateful to Meghan for all her hard work during her placement year at Randox and are equally proud of her achievements at the Ulster University Business School Excellence in Placement Awards.

The positive changes seen throughout the company are testament to the value of student placements and we are proud to be a key student employer within Northern Ireland. In fact, this year, we had our largest ever intake on our placement and graduate programmes, with 71 new team members having started work with us in September.

And it’s easy to see why so many students and graduates choose to come to Randox.

Meghan continued;

“There is only so much you can learn within the walls of your university classroom.  What’s most important is putting that knowledge and learning in to practice in a work environment.  When I started Randox I had 2 years of university studies under my belt, but I still hadn’t decided what area of marketing I wanted to go into.

“From working in Randox I have found my passion.  The team there were so supportive – their trust and encouragement is what enabled me to get so involved in the company’s digital marketing activities.  

“With their guidance I was truly able to make a huge impact within the RX Series brand and I felt as much a part of the team as the full-time members of staff.  

“I would highly recommend taking a placement year with Randox.  There is no better way to learn how a global organisation operates than to work in one, and I am confident that my time there will help me secure a full-time job when I graduate. If I could do my year with Randox all over again, then I would!”

Congratulations Meghan, we’re delighted to have been able to join you at your awards ceremony yesterday!

 

For more information about the Excellence in Placement Awards, or about placement opportunities at Randox, please contact randoxpr@randox.com

Make sure to follow Randox on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the hashtag #WeAreRandox for more stories about the amazing team we have here!

Pictured at the Ulster University Business School Excellence in Placement Awards are;

(L-R) Randox Global Marketing Manager Eamon Lenehan, Randox Business Placement Student of the Year Meghan Semple and Randox Human Resources Officer Jolene Jamison.


Calling all Ulster University Students: Tweet your way on to the Randox APEX Programme

Are you The One for Randox?

That’s the question Randox Careers are asking first year students this week, with the launch of an innovative new recruitment campaign for their competitive APEX Programme, which employs first year undergraduates across various divisions of the global diagnostics company.

The campaign, named #IAmTheOneUU, which begins this week with a number of recruitment presentations in Ulster University, is taking a fresh approach to the way first years can apply for the APEX Programme, by inviting applicants to submit ‘video auditions’ on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Using a video no longer than 15 seconds and a 140 character cover note, the aim of this unique method of application is to give first year university students the opportunity to succinctly and effectively convey their personality, creativity, initiative and drive, in a lively and imaginative way; displaying why they are ‘The One’ for Randox.

Successful APEX applicants from Ulster University will progress throughout Randox over the course of four years; moving from a summer of paid full-time work experience, to a paid placement year within the company, to ultimately obtaining a full time position at Randox, subject to gaining a 2:1 or above.

The importance of this opportunity cannot be underestimated; with many students having difficulty finding jobs after graduation, the APEX Programme will help 50+ students this year really get their foot on the career ladder, and build relationships with a thriving market leader in the healthcare industry.

Linda Magee, Randox Human Resources Manager, is excited to launch such a novel campaign that resonates so well with first year students;

“The #IAmTheOneUU application process for the Randox APEX Programme is a fresh and dynamic campaign that utilizes the power of social media and harnesses the skills of the tech-savvy generation. Young people of this age are well-acquainted with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by using their social media capabilities to display their personality and ambition, they can successfully achieve their career goals in positions ranging from Business and Marketing to Biological and Life Sciences, Graphic Design to Mathematics and Physics, and Engineering to Computer Technology. For busy first years this exciting yet simple method of application is the perfect way for them to introduce themselves to Randox. Get posting – you could be The One!”

Any first year undergraduates at Ulster University who wish to join the Randox APEX Programme should upload a 15 second video with accompanying 140 character note to either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, making sure to include the hashtag #IAmTheOneUU.

Visit Iamtheone.randox.com for more information.


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