By Meg Wilson
I finished my photography degree at the University of Portsmouth with an optimistic feeling that I would find the perfect job in press photography in order to use my new set of skills. However, seven months down the line, that sense of hope was fading away as I kept finding I needed more experience.
In stepped an intern role with Prova.
With not much knowledge about PR, I was slightly worried about understanding the jobs, but Sarah found a way of tailoring tasks to fit my interests and gaining new skills.
On the first day we all gathered for the Monday morning meeting and talked about colleague’s movements which sounded like I was about to witness a busy week for Prova. David and St John wanted my photo skills and help at separate events, one was at the Niche Vehicle Network conference at the National Motor Heritage centre in Gaydon and the second was at the IMHX Logistics Trade Show at NEC. Both were a fantastic insight into how Prova deliver outside of its office doors, attending to clients’ needs and making sure they every angle of the story is covered.
Back in the office, Prova kept me on my toes by lining up a series of jobs that needed attention such as filing, researching, calling, emailing and proof-reading. Through these tasks I learned vital skills in many areas that will be used again within an office environment. I really enjoyed spending time researching companies and understanding how they used social media and presented themselves on their websites. The information I gathered was then collated into a presentation for Prova’s clients. From my perspective, I made sure that every task I was given was done as efficiently and professionally as I could, and if I had any questions I never felt worried about asking as members of the team would provide assistance.
Any student or graduate who is thinking of doing work experience at a PR company, should send their CVs to Prova, as they will gain vital skills and learn about how a successful business works on a day to day basis.
A top tip while working at Prova – keep a diary and log all the tasks you do each day. You will also find you have an interest in the businesses you work for – even when you are driving on the motorway and you find yourself getting quite excited when you drive past a client’s lorry!
I have enjoyed every moment – thank-you for bringing back my confidence Prova!