On the 4th October 2010 I loaded 18 years of my life into my dad’s car and began the hour-long journey to Townhouse 98, Juniper, Lancaster University, my new home.
On the 20th June 2012 I loaded 2 years of my university life into my dad’s car and began the hour-long journey back to Manchester. Home.
My second year at university has been a slight disappointment. Perhaps it was the realisation of the difficulties securing a graduate job or perhaps due to the number of times I was asked to dance in the form of my favourite shape, which was usually a circle closely followed by the square. Either way, after months of deliberation, I decided to take a year out to gain as much industry experience in PR as possible – I will then graduate with both the all important hands-on skills and my degree.
I began the first steps into making this year a success as opposed to a risky gamble with a week of work experience with the team at Democracy.
I have had the opportunity to see what the team get up to and this has been really useful. I have assisted in collecting tear sheets, organising coverage, observing briefs, writing press releases and liaising with clients. I have particularly enjoyed observing the creativity required, and the fact that every day brings a different task really appeals to me. This experience has been particularly valuable, as it has allowed me to observe the talented team around me giving me a true insight into work life at a PR agency and something to aspire to.
The experience I have gained this week has been a great way to kick start my year in industry!