As a student, the summer holiday is usually a chance to earn money for the next academic year, and this year was no different. Entering in to my third year at university in October (‘year in industry’), my initial plan for summer 2012 and year out included 1. Earn money and 2. Go to Australia.
However, as time passed, it dawned on me that I could be making more out of my time while still here in the UK. Working as an intern for a successful business is something I’ve always considered as a way to enhance my CV. I applied for an internship at Prova after an excellent recommendation from a good friend of mine (Amy) who undertook a placement here earlier this summer.
Throughout my academic life, there has been a great emphasis on gaining ‘work experience’ and I finally felt this was my chance.
When applying to University I had no idea what I wanted a career in, now I am about to enter my third year at University and, unfortunately, I still have no idea. I therefore saw working at Prova as an excellent way to kick off my year in industry and an opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible about a career in PR.
I had no previous experience in an office or PR environment, nor had I even considered a career in PR so when applying to Prova I was slightly apprehensive. However, I was welcomed with open arms by every member of the Prova Team, helping me to feel comfortable straight away in the office environment for which I am extremely thankful. I was given the opportunity to experience what working in PR is like, even if I did not do it directly myself, working in the office enabled me to learn a lot about what is involved and what is required to be successful in this field. One of my first tasks involved getting to grips with many industry magazines I never knew existed and I could quite confidently now class myself as an expert in logistics media thanks to my time at Prova!
‘Short but sweet’ is the best way to describe my experience here at Prova. Although it feels like only yesterday when I first walked in, it has been the most beneficial two weeks for me as a person and for my CV. I can now proudly say I have been an intern at Prova PR, giving me knowledge and experience I did not have before. Completing my internship at Prova while feeling comfortable and enjoying myself at the same time has given me the confidence in myself to apply for more.
Internships are an excellent way to discover what you enjoy, what you don’t enjoy and, if you’re lucky, what you want to pursue as a career. Therefore, my advice to anyone, students especially, is to try and spend time as an intern. No matter what the industry or company, it will be beneficial and could open up many more exciting opportunities for you.