Placement diaries: Making the most of it all

Placement diaries: Making the most of it all

I am writing this post trying to work out where on earth the past four months have gone. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been here long but it’s crazy to think how much everything has changed in such a short space of time. Only four months ago I was at University finishing off my second year and now I work for one of the biggest beauty companies in the world. It’s sad that my time here is going so fast but I quite literally never want to leave this job or London…..can I stay forever?!

The fact that I’m loving every part of being here could be a strong reason why the blog has yet again been neglected….oops my bad. It has been the craziest but most amazing few months. Life here is so different to what I am used to, it is such a fast-paced different world but that is what makes it amazing. The beauty of London is that there are always plans and people are so up for doing things, I love being busy and in the city! I want to make the most of my placement year and I can definitely do that in London!

But back to the point of this post, if you know me or have read my last update you will know that I am loving my job. It’s a bit weird because when you apply for a placement or job you have no idea what you are going in to or if you will enjoy it. Every organisation and industry is different but we all go in with the hope that we will love what we are going to do. I don’t quite know what I expected from this placement experience but I feel so lucky that my first ‘proper job’ is one that I’ve fallen in love with. I’ve had many jobs in the past including shoe fitting, reception work, waitressing, barista and ambassador work whilst thinking of where I could be in a few years time. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed myself, met the most amazing people, learnt so much and gained life experience but inside I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do. And here I am now, having found PR and in a role that I’ve been dreaming about for years. It still feels pretty surreal, to be honest. I never feel the ‘oh I have to go to work’ feeling because I love what I do. I look forward to work and when I’m not there I miss my team, division and my work. I enjoy what I do, where I am and the people I am with. For that, I count myself so lucky. I know it’s pretty rare to find this so early on in my career but I do think I’ve found something that I want to do.

Over the past few months, I have had the chance to explore and learn so much across the whole business, not just my division. That is the great thing about being in such a large global organisation, there is so much going on with so much to learn! And then being on 5 brands itself means that my role is always interesting. I get to experiment and discover social more whilst trying out new ideas, find, outreach and create relationships with influencers and journalists, attend events, talk to consumers about the brands & skincare (win-win, I could talk for hours about it all!), brainstorm new ideas, track coverage, keep an eye on news, trends and more. There is something so nice about being able to see results in projects you were involved in. Each day is completely different, I am constantly learning and that is what I love.

And then not only the job but the people too. I know I touched upon this in my last post but having a good team and division like mine makes such a difference to what you do. I’ve had the chance to get to know everyone even better over the last few weeks and what an amazing bunch of people they are.  I am so happy that I was placed where I am with the people I am with because I’ve grown and learnt so much about myself since starting. My confidence is already so much better than when I started and I feel so settled around everyone. Each person is always on hand and open to answering my endless questions (endless is an understatement), help me learn and maintain that quality office banter. Oh, and they also encourage me to get this blog back going (thanks, Elly).

 

Citizen day

Each day is different but we also get the chance to spend time out of the office and the other month my whole division took a day out of the office to help a local community. Contrast to the popular opinion of those who follow me on Instagram, I did not just take the day off work ‘for fun’ (hate to burst your bubble!). Our job for the day was to give a local playground a well-needed makeover. It was in real need of some TLC and who better to do this than a group of beauty addicts! Giving that my DIY skills leave a lot to be desired, I was put onto the cocunut shy team. There wasn’t one in the playground currently so it was our job to find a space and make one – I am pretty proud of the result to be fair:

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Staff sales

Oh and then a big perk of working for an organisation like this has to be the staff sales! I’m not sure my bank balance agrees but hey!

‘But PR has all the perks’

This is a comment that has been said to be countless times now and it’s made me think. My job and PR in general is very much work hard, play hard. Yes, it is a very cool industry to work in if you purely look Instagram. But let’s not forget that people will put the best part of themselves on Instagram. You don’t see people sat at their desks filling out order forms or unpacking boxes every day do you? You should’ve seen me yesterday, literally drowning in boxes. It may seem like I get some good perks and I do, that’s no lie (going to the Ritz was an extremely big one, I’ll give you that one but I did work) but a whole lot of hard work goes into the job from everyone involved. Others play a much bigger part than I do but events are just part and parcel of the job! Organising, budgets, planning, boxing, unboxing, ordering, tracking, outreaching, sending parcels, you name it but we do work hard for the results.

And then underneath all of this, the journey here hasn’t been easy. I am only 20 years old and at the very beginning of my career with a way to go yet. The thing is, I don’t believe in myself in the slightest so never thought I would be here but I am so proud of myself that I am. The easy option would have been to stay at home and find something there but I would never have had the opportunities that I am being given now. From being here I have seen what I can achieve and where I could be in a few years time. I am meeting the most amazing people and learning so much about myself and PR more every day. I count myself so lucky to be here and loving what I’m doing.

Oh and I get to do it all with these wonderful people:

But that’s all from me for now, until next time!

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