Former WeAreWaterloo intern and LSBU graduate Lina Valle lands full time employment at the BID
We would like to shine a light on our BID Support Officer, and LSBU graduate, Lina Valle, who has successfully gained employment at the BID following an internship.
Lina Valle completed a three-month long graduate internship with WeAreWaterloo in March last year, before going on to work with Lower Marsh Market Manager, Carole Powell, on an adhoc basis. But it wasn't until an opening for our BID Support Officer came about that she decided to make WeAreWaterloo part of her long-term career plans. Lina applied for the post through Employ SE1, a company that works in partnership with the BID and we were only too glad to employ her on a full-time basis. Below, Lina outlines her roles and responsibilities at the BID, and what the future holds...
A valuable learning experience
“During my internship I worked on the different activities WeAreWaterloo are focused on,” explains Lina. “I worked with the marketing manager and I learnt about CMS and marketing projects; with the operations manager I learnt about the environmental plans for the Waterloo area and other services that the BID provides for businesses. While with the Lower Marsh Market manager, I learnt how valuable the market is for new traders and how to help them boost their business. I also managed different IT systems and developed databases to support the organisation’s reporting. Overall, I learnt a lot about the area but also much about management of resources and how to help the area improve. I learnt how to help the businesses develop and improve their marketing.
Leading to an important role
After securing the job, Lina now fulfils her role alongside studying part-time for her master’s degree in Business Information Technology. “I’m definitely still learning,” she says. “I need to learn more to build my career properly. As an example, I’m developing my IT skills so that I can do things that I have never done before such as designing and developing stronger databases. I’m also dealing a lot with customers and clients and, as a result, learning how to manage my time better. I’m learning and making improvements day by day, which I know will help me to build my career. Ideally, I’d like to gain as much experience as possible and then move on to a management or executive role.”
Building enterprise skills and confidence in her future Lina reveals that the aspects of the job she most enjoys are the involvement with the traders and the different businesses, and being part of a close-knit team, all of which have seen her “gain confidence in myself and given me belief in the things I can achieve. I have learnt new skills and come up with new ideas for the BID, and I now feel ready to face different and new challenges.”
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