I have somehow managed to keep this fairly quiet so I have some news! This week, I was lucky enough to be offered an opportunity to spend the week with the Weber-Shandwick tech team in London. For those of you who don’t know, Weber-Shandwick is one of the world’s leading global Public Relations firms with offices all around the world. They are an all round amazing agency, winning many brilliant awards such as the Cannes Lions. We always talk about them at University but never in a million years did I think I would be good enough to walk through the doors (I don’t really believe in myself haha). But this week I did. This week I walked through those doors for 5 days and joined the most amazing team. I can’t believe the week is over already – it has gone too fast but what an incredible experience.
So what was my experience like?
I don’t know what I really expected on my first day. All I had to compare it to was one other agency that I did work experience at. For some reason, I presumed that being such a large agency, it would be really corporate and I was so scared of two things. Number One: I would make an absolute idiot out of myself (perfectly likely to happen). Number Two: As they are so good at what they do, what if I can’t do what they ask? So to put it lightly, I was incredibly nervous. All I ever want is for people to like me and make a great impression and just being at Weber-Shandwick made me pretty nervous. But I had nothing to worry about because from the moment I walked in, I was made to feel completely welcome. I was introduced to each person on the team who all took the time to talk to me – most of them had read my blog too, winner (thanks for the support guys if you’re reading xo). Everybody seemed so friendly and genuine which made me feel at ease straight away.
My first week was filled with an introductory task followed by coverage tasks, research, making documents, proofing and editing. Obviously, every agency or in-house experience is going to be different so I found it so interesting to see the different processes. I was intrigued to see how Weber worked, the culture and what they did first hand. Because I have now seen PR from a different angle. My last experience was consumer so seeing a tech focus with huge clients was really interesting. I have learnt so much more than I thought was possible this week. I had never considered tech PR before. I don’t know why, I just think that all of the sectors can be quite confusing when entering the industry. But after this experience, it is definitely something that I would consider. It has made me realise even more that PR is what I want to do.
You see, I loved the culture at Weber and seemed to fit in straight away. I loved the fact that the whole team were so integrated. I definitely did not feel like ‘the intern’ or ‘the new girl’. By the time that Friday came, I really felt a part of the team and was sad to leave. Everyone was such a good laugh and I loved being around them all week (the banter was real). They were just all round friendly, genuine people who made all the difference to me settling in. Even the smallest things such as inviting me to their social and drinks after work. They all work so hard and achieve amazing results which was so nice to watch.
But there is a special thank you that is needed to Colin, Joe and Sophie for making this opportunity happen. I will never be able to explain how grateful I am. Never in a million years did I think that this opportunity would be offered to me. You are all contributing to my future and opening doors for me. I had the best week . And Sophie, thank you for making me feel so welcome as my ‘mentor’ as it were. I never felt any pressure to know or do anything and you were always on hand to help if I needed it. You’ve taught me so much this week and it was so lovely working with you.
This experience has helped me to believe in myself. It’s taught me to look at a bigger picture. And it’s taught me that sometimes you do just have to go for it. Make the most of everything because opportunities like this don’t happen every day. It is not easy to just walk into an agency like Weber-Shandwick but I am so glad I did because I have learnt so much. Huge agencies like these might look a bit scary from the outside but really there are people there who genuinely want to help you succeed.
I still have a lot to learn but thank you to each and everyone at Weber-Shandwick for an absolutely incredible week. I will miss you all but for now, placement year is calling.