When I was younger, I was never a “when I grow up, I want to be an astronaut” child who had a future career all mapped out, or even one accustomed to change on a weekly basis. My father always told me not to worry about it: “do what you enjoy, not what you’re good at” he would say. So I did: throughout secondary school, and on through university, I continued to pick subjects and modules that I liked, never really worrying about what future I was carving in the process.
After two years reading English literature and one year studying (wine) in France, I noticed that more and more of my friends were applying for internships and talking about their work experience. One day, when they were discussing their experiences, someone asked me what I was going to do after university. It reminded me of an episode of Friends where Phoebe is asked if she has a plan and replies “I don’t even have a pla-”. I definitely don’t have a pla, probably not even that! I decided to be proactive about my quarter-life crisis and organise work experience in various different sectors that I liked the sound of and Prova PR was my first.
I started two weeks ago not really knowing what to expect but, as soon as I stepped into the office, everyone was friendly and welcoming. Being the new intern you’d expect to spend a lot of time making tea for everyone; however on my first day with Prova, after my tour of the building and receiving my first research task, one of the team came in and asked me if I’d like a drink. It’s safe to say that within minutes you feel at home at Prova.
In my time here, I got an insight into the range of work involved in PR. By my second day I’d completed various research tasks, accepted the opportunity to have a go at writing a feature article for a magazine for Prova’s own PR efforts, and learnt how to structure and write a press release!
For a person who doesn’t really like others reading my work, I was rather anxious to have my first attempt at a press release passed round the office for comments. However I was put at ease when asked to read and comment on someone else’s. I quickly learnt to take on board the constructive criticism in order to aid my own writing. Alongside the glimpse into the world of PR, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of people already in the industry.
I was going to thank individuals but with the number of people that helped me, taught me something and made me feel included, it would just be a list of Prova staff! It may sound like a cliché but it’s true. Not only have I learnt a substantial amount and started to develop an idea of a career path, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Prova PR!