Simi Ayeniyegbe, our 2020/21 Global Communications Industrial Placement student discusses her experience at ViiV Healthcare.

Since 2012, ViiV Healthcare has offered an opportunity for students to take part in a 12-month Industrial Placement programme. Through taking on roles with real responsibility, placement students are incredibly valued and play a big part in contributing to the success of projects. Hear from Simi, our 2020/21 Global Communications Executive, about her role and experience in the team

“I joined ViiV Healthcare in the Summer of 2020 as an Industrial Placement student working in the Global Communications team.

As a Global Communications Executive, I have the opportunity to support a broad mix of areas such as product, corporate, external and internal communications. One of my main responsibilities is planning and publishing posts on ViiV Healthcare’s social and digital channels and analysing how our content performs – something that I particularly enjoy as we can reflect on our work and brainstorm new and exciting ways to launch even better campaigns in the future.

ViiV Healthcare is a great place to work. The Industrial Placement students are an important part of the team and we can make real changes. In addition to developing my project management skills, something key that I’ve learnt is to not be afraid to ‘think outside the box’ by suggesting new approaches.

At ViiV Healthcare, everyone looks for new ways to ensure that we don’t leave any person living with HIV behind. This is something that comes from being genuinely passionate about supporting the HIV community.

Working in a communications role within the pharmaceutical industry has been challenging yet rewarding. Following the completion of my Pharmacology degree at University College London, I hope to work in a similar graduate role to continue building my experience in communications.”

Explore the different roles available to discover how each one offers you the chance to learn about global business first-hand, develop your skills and make an impact. If you are interested in applying to an industrial placement programme at ViiV Healthcare, you can do so by following this link here.

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