Having decided that I would search for work placement opportunities in PR and marketing for my third year at University, I thought it might be a good idea to gain some experience over the summer. I didn’t fancy the prospect of starting a placement without any idea of what I was doing, let alone because I wouldn’t be speaking in English!
Studying languages has the obvious benefit of travelling, meeting people and the sun, which would be a welcome addition to this British summer! But if I turned up in Milan being nervous about meetings or telephone calls in English, then I would definitely be sweating profusely at the prospect of doing these in Italian! I can only hope that my first week in Italy goes as well as my first week at Prova.
Day one at Prova started off with induction meetings, getting to know the team and the office. But by the afternoon I was in at the deep end, writing my first press release about Prova sponsoring one of the GoMW awards. Faye showed me the ropes and I tentatively began, growing in confidence by the minute. The whole team was a big help, giving me advice on what I had to convey and what needed to be left out. Throughout the week it’s been great to see that the team trusts me and is happy to pass on work to me.
I started my second week yesterday and it already feels like I’ve been here months, not because the days are so long (although David’s scanning job proved otherwise) but because all of the team has made me feel so welcome. I am really looking forward to the coming weeks and delving a little deeper into the world of PR.