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Post-Pandemic Employment

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When I was at school, never in a million years did I think that I would be creating my own headlines. But fastforward three years, and here I am doing just that.

My three years of studying BA Events Management at the University of Northampton has very quickly come to an end. After completing half of my course in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, I came to realise how much tougher it would be to land a job after graduation.

I already have some part-time work lined up for the summer, working at Kelmarsh Hall with their wedding coordinator. This is something that I have been so excited about, as I was due to complete this work in the summer of 2020. Although it will be a fantastic experience, I knew I wanted to have another job, with regular shifts when I graduate.

When I was still putting the finishing touches on my dissertation, the university shared an internship opportunity with a local PR company, Pilkington Communications, as their Marketing Assistant. Throughout my studies I have taken up a lot of volunteering roles, many including marketing. So I immediately jumped at the opportunity and got my application in.

After my interview, I felt so comfortable and relaxed with the team, and was so excited to receive a phone call later that day with an offer. I am now six weeks into my internship, which was supposed to be the end. But on my third day, I was over the moon to be offered a six-month extension.

I am learning how to draft press releases and talk to the media; I have been creating social media campaigns for clients and I was even asked to lead an Instagram training session for the rest of the team, which was such a fulfilling experience.

One of my favourite parts about the job is the office, which is based inside Delapre Abbey, a 900-year-old historic home on the edge of Northampton town centre. Surrounded by stunning views of the fields, gardens and golf course, there is so much nature to take in. They are also dog friendly here, which I think is absolutely perfect as there are quite often a couple of pooches in our office. I will be bringing in my dog Layla, an English Working Cocker Spaniel, for a walk and to meet the team very soon.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity and couldn't have asked for a better team or location to work with. It's just so great to be able to finally get out of the house again and chat to other people while learning so many new skills.

I'll be starting an MSc Marketing Management course at De Montfort University in October, which I think will also be very valuable to me. My internship will definitely prepare me before I begin and I'm sure I'll learn new skills on the course that I can apply to my work.

© Harriet Emery 2021-06-17

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