It’s been a while since I last wrote a post, and I’m ashamed of myself for slacking but I am hoping to get myself back in the game over the academic year, even if I’m not at uni.
This post is going to be about my year-in-industry so far. Basically, I’m just going to gush about how much I’m enjoying it.
I started at the charity in May, and it’s flying by. I can’t believe that I am over four months in, which leaves only eight months remaining. I remember so clearly getting the call to say I’d got the job and not quite believing it. There was a lot of excited pacing outside LS6 in Hyde Park that night!
Before I’d even started, I felt as if I’d hit the jackpot with the role, but since May I have grown to love my job, and the organisation itself, more than I could have imagined. I have learnt so much already, and I feel the experience is shaping me in many ways. I am learning how to develop myself professionally, including the way I conduct myself both in person and over email. I’m honing in on my interviewing skills by speaking to the widest variety of people imaginable. I am loving being able to develop the practical skills needed in PR/communications, especially learning how to pitch to journalists and having the freedom to decide on my own stories.
But another side to the job is that I’ve started to discover just how big the world really is… I feel as if before I started, I was aware of what was happening in the world, but didn’t truly feel it. But the nature of the organisation I work in, and the passion of the people I work with, means that I have developed a more compassionate and empathetic approach to people from all walks of life and a wider world view in general.
Not only this, but the stories I work on and the volunteers I work with are truly inspiring. I’ve found that the volunteers we work with are just such great humans; extremely humble, compassionate and often creative individuals in their approach to life. Getting coverage and recognition for these people gives me a real kick.
I’ve been getting involved with campaigns (we all know I love a good campaign), met with refugees who have stories so humbling it makes you hug your family tighter and heard cracking stories of love, hope and passion.
So onwards and upwards – here’s to the next eight months! I’m so grateful for this opportunity and glad I decided to take the plunge and take a year out of my studies.