Rachael Hunt works at Visual Print and Design, a Lincoln-based print and design company. Last year she was named a Rising Star and has gone from strength to strength since then. We caught up with her a year on to find out how the award has supported her career.
‘Since completing my BA degree back in 2013, I always wanted to expand my education and skillset further. I believe marketing is a complex and ever-changing industry and if you don’t remain up to date with trends, you can easily get left behind.
Last year, I came about Marketing Week’s Mini MBA in Marketing Course with Mark Ritson and felt it ticked all my boxes in terms of schedule, the modules taught and the qualifications you could achieve.
However, due to the impact of the pandemic on the business and the print industry then, I didn’t have the funds. That’s when my Managing Director pointed me in the direction of the Rising Star Awards. He encouraged me to apply as he knew I wanted to grow as a marketer and had heard how fantastic the Printing Charity had been for other people within the print industry.’
Winning the award and her promotion
Rachael was asked to come in for an interview, and although nervous, she said the panel were welcoming; ‘The interviewers were lovely to speak to and were so interested in what I had to say. When I found out I had won I was overwhelmed and surprised, especially when I found out how many people had applied!’
‘Thanks to the awards, I was able to complete my mini MBA course in Marketing in December last year and achieved a B which I was chuffed with. From this, I was promoted to a more senior role at Visual Print and Design as Head of Marketing and Business Development and I now manage a team of two.’
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