Having recently completed my second year at Cardiff University, I decided it was about time I gained some hands-on experience. My joint honours degree in English and Journalism covers a variety of modules on literature and the media, and while this provides me with a wide range of knowledge, it lacks a certain practical element. To learn more about how the PR industry actually works, I swapped the lecture theatre for the office and embarked in a three-week placement at Golley Slater. During my time here I have been assigned numerous responsibilities that have given me a real insight into the workings of a PR firm, and have taught me a range of new skills that university hasn’t…
Writing a press release was something I had never done before, and the format definitely contrasts to the essay writing that I’m used to. Being able to contribute press releases for BAM Nuttall and Shanly Homes taught me a lot about how the press receive stories, and it was interesting to see how this is translated into published coverage.
While presentation assignments at school and university certainly develop communication skills, having the opportunity to reach out to third parties taught me how to negotiate and arrange partnerships for clients. Over time I have become far more confident, which has improved my communication skills massively. I have also learnt how to ‘sell in’ stories to journalists – and what ‘selling in’ is for that matter!
From compiling media lists to finding partners for client events, a large part of my role at Golley Slater has involved researching. Before arriving, I’ll admit that my answer to research was to just ‘google it’. While google has certainly been a useful resource over the past few weeks, I have also learnt how to use programmes such as Gorkana to be far more efficient in gathering information.
Just kidding. But little did I know, all those hours vacantly scrolling through Instagram, Facebook and the like were actually training me for a career in PR. I have seen how valuable a resource social media is for clients, and have created several content calendars outlining future posts. It’s been great to see my posts uploaded and the response they have generated.
University teaches you how to work to deadlines and perform under pressure, but I didn’t anticipate how fast-paced working at Golley Slater would be. With plans constantly changing, keeping up is vital and I’ve had to continually adjust my priorities to ensure everything was completed in time. The energetic nature of the job has kept everything exciting, and my three-weeks here have absolutely flown by.
Ultimately, working at Golley Slater has taught me how to transfer the skills I have developed at university into a work environment. I have had such a fantastic time working with the team, and cannot thank everyone enough for being so welcoming!