I’m Lucy and I am from the Isle of Wight, which is a small island about as far south as you can get! I’ve just finished university and moving home and adapting to island life has been strange. There aren’t really many opportunities for graduates, so my time post-university has been spent tirelessly applying for jobs with little success. Despite my enthusiasm and passion to start a career in PR, I have found that my lack of professional experience has halted my job hunt.
I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Social Communications, who invited me to the offices for a week of work experience. I came here with an open mind; I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was excited for a taster of the ‘real world’.
Every day has been different and, despite only being here for five days, I feel like I have learned much more about what PR really involves rather than what any job description may imply. I feel like I have gained a brief insight into every aspect of PR, from public affairs to social media. On my first day here, I was invited along to meet a client, which was exciting and highlighted how working in PR doesn’t just involve sitting in an office all day. Each day I have been given tasks to do that made me feel like a valued member of the team. What I have enjoyed the most is learning what goes on in the background when it comes to planning campaigns, and how so many people from different sectors work together to organise events.
What stands out to about my time at Social Communications is how positive the team are and how passionate they are about their jobs. They have made me feel so welcome and I wasn’t scared to ask questions, and I really enjoyed hearing about how everyone has built their career from being in the same position as myself.
My week up North has been eye-opening and I’m leaving Social Communications feeling a lot more confident in myself. I feel like I have got the most out of my experience and look forward to where the future will take me in the world of PR.
Lucy Ellis is a student at the University of Reading. Social Communications is a full-service PR, public affairs, marketing and communications agency.