Cover picture by Bryce Groves.
Anyone who knows me could tell you that this past summer I’ve been busy. Between work, work placements and squeezing in some time for myself this blog has not received any attention. But I’ll do my best to catch you up on what I’ve been up to.
I took three days off, of my day to day job allowing me to go to Brighton for a quick introduction to the company, Tuesday Media, that I would be working with for my second work placement.
Spending those three days with the company was very valuable as I would be doing the rest of my work remotely. I got to know the people who I would be reporting to and got some great inspiration.
We also went through exactly how the coming weeks were going to go. Making sure I understood how the technology worked for remote collaboration and making sure I had access to the right things. We also decided on what days I would be working.
Before I went back to Southampton I decided to spend an extra couple of hours just exploring Brighton. It is a very interesting city and I would love to visit it again in the future.
I did many things during this work placement. I worked on press releases, blog posts, case studies, social media posts, media outreach and administrative tasks. The administrative tasks definitely made me appreciate how important it is to keep every receipt when you buy things for clients and how much easier life is if they are flat. Some things I wrote ended up being published during my time with them, which was very exciting.
I thought that working remotely was going to be a big challenge for me, that I would feel insecure about who to turn to for help, that I would struggle if I needed less or more work. None of that happened and I feel like I learned how to keep myself organised. I wrote lists of tasks and I asked which ones were to be prioritised, but I always had at least one task that were not that important which I could do if I ran out of other tasks.
This work placement really made me understand how organised I can be and that confidence in my own ability will benefit me going forward in my career. I always knew that doing work placements in my industry would make me grow as a professional and it did but I didn’t understand how much. If you’ve completed work placements or internships, how do you feel they’ve benefited you in your career?