Over the weekend and for the past few weeks I’ve been looking at and applying for internships, on the recommendation of a friend I tried a website called gothinkbig.co.uk. The aim is to give people opportunities to go into the fields of work and get them the experience they need. Lucky for me there is a lot of media job on there, perfect.
As a lot of you know I was planning on working at a uni event for most of the summer, when I found out that I hadn’t gotten it a lot of summer internship positions had already closed so I felt a bit stuck (here is where I wish I’d known about Go Think Big earlier this year). So I applied for a few of the placements and skills days, one of which was the Speed Networking with Closer magazine, a women’s weekly.
I know what you’re thinking. Me? Magazines that are aimed at women? This must be a joke. Let me assure you I was so nervous walking into the building (after getting lost quite a few times too may I add), the girls in there waiting were very pretty and stylish and I was…well I was me. I had visions (as we most people do) of being thrown into a Miranda Priestly office and quizzes. Luckily my The Devil Wears Prada nightmares were laughable because the staff at Closer are some of the loveliest people I’ve met.
I was lucky to have not missed the email to say I’d been accepted and it was a rush to get into central London in time. I’m so glad I shook off that nervousness I had felt when I got the email this morning, the worry I’d make a fool of myself.
The experience was something incredibly special, I got to speak 1-1 with loads of staff from the magazine and got a great idea of what it would be like as well as some knowledge of contacts in the industry. I had fun, met some great people and now have a good idea and a buzz to apply for loads of internships and work experience placements, starting with Closer.
This is the great thing about uni, I get to work out what I want to do. Don’t get me wrong I still want to be a musician, I still want to get my masters (although maybe studying part time instead of full time now)but this is something I could do as a job to support me while tackling the other things at the same time!
I’m really grateful for today and I can’t wait to get stuck in and apply for work experience placements which could hopefully lead to an internship when I graduate! Today’s been a really exciting day and just what I needed to get the creativity flowing even more!