By Nikki Thompson
It’s common to get ‘first day nerves’ before the start of a work placement. I have to admit, as I looked up upon 7 Church Street on a sunny Monday morning, my heart was beating faster than normal.
I needn’t have worried. From the moment I stepped through the door I knew that I would enjoy the following two weeks that I would be spending at Prova HQ.
Having never experienced the environment of PR before, I was excited at the prospect of being involved in different projects and events during my placement.
My first day with the Prova team consisted of working on a number of research tasks for different client profiles. These allowed me to learn more about the background of the client before putting all of the information together so that it could be presented at a future meeting.
One of the main things that drew my attention to Prova was the fact that they had clients within the automotive and motorsport industry, amongst their other logistic and environmental accounts.
With a passion for motorsport, Prova gave me the opportunity to attend a reception at the House of Lords with the Motorsport Industry Association during my second week. Having never visited London before, this was something that I was very much looking forward to.
The event included bumping into famous faces from the motorsport world, an awards ceremony – and a glass of Prosecco. I had a blast!
In fact, my time at Prova has been filled with new experiences.
At the start of the first week, I was invited to a team curry night. Having mentioned that I had never had a curry before – the office was stunned into silence. But two days later, there I was, tucking into my first taste of Indian delicacy.
Also in that first week, the first Prova Pilates class was held in the gym in the cellar. With a space to spare I was offered the chance to take part and I have to say, it was very relaxing indeed!
It wasn’t all curry and pilates however. My time at Prova allowed me to see a busy PR agency in action – and I loved every minute.
From carrying out social media listening exercises to having a go at writing press releases, it’s safe to say that I have learned new skills that I will be able to take into a future career.
I already had an idea that I wanted to work in PR before the start of my placement with Prova and, having seen the hard-work and subsequent results of PR first hand, this has definitely made up my mind.
I would like to thank the whole of Team Prova for all of the help that I have received over the duration of my placement – and I hope to see them all again in the future.