Paid Internships Exist! Starting my job as a Social Media Coordinator

We all know the problem with finding a job right? To get the job you need experience, to get experience you need a job. Now I know like the rest of the student population it can be ridiculously hard finding any kind of work experience/ internships. Today I was lucky enough to start mine!

Before getting super into social media I thought about going into teaching or magazine journalism. Now most of the time you need to ‘volunteer’ in schools so I did that under a scheme which luckily made sure I got a bursary payment as I was promoting the university. As for magazines, I am get to find a paid internship that are above minimum wage (seriously try travelling into central London and living on minimum wage while looking good enough to work at a magazine, nope, not happening). So I’ve always been a little cynical about becoming an intern, it’s something that more well off people seemed to be able to do, not people like me. Not any more!
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Ready to start this morning, trying out my new lipstick too! 

I applied for the position because firstly, it was paid, secondly, it’s something I’m interested in and thirdly I thought I might as well. I felt like I had a good build up and some experience that would get me an interview, but did I think I’d get it? No. I really didn’t. Although the interview went well I hadn’t had a proper sit down interview for a few years (they’ve all been group interviews for my last few jobs) and there were some questions to make me think. I left and tried to put it out of my mind, knowing that I would know by the end of the day. Then I got an email saying it would be at least another day, maybe more. At this point my spine was still making me sleep almost all the time so I didn’t think too much but the longer it got, the more I thought I hadn’t gotten it. So imagine my surprise when I got the email offering me the job and it would pay a little under what I’m earning as a Student Ambassador.

It was decided I’d start after going to Athens, fine by me seemed like aaaaaagggggeeeeesss away. Nope. Today rolled around and I had everything ready, woke up early, played with the hamsters but I was SO nervous. I couldn’t remember what medication I’d taken and didn’t want to take it again so I was flapping about that. I ended up going with just paracetamol for my back (in hindsight a BAD, BAD idea.) I was worrying, what would people think of my brace? Could I really do this job when I only have 400 followers? I was so nervous/ daydreaming once I got on the bus I nearly missed my stop altogether.

I shouldn’t have worried, I was very well looked after. I was introduced to everyone in the office, a lot of people happened to recognise me from the KU Talent Awards. I’m slowly learning peoples names but I think it will take me a while. I’ve been set up with a staff account, I’ll be getting a staff ID card and can use the canteen…god I’m such a dork. Everything was gone through slowly and my new boss is fab, she’s open to ideas as long as I have reasoning! I’ll also be able to meet some of the fab guest speakers we have coming up (beyond excited).

So I’ve really landed myself a great opportunity, doing something I love. I will still be a Student Ambassador and International Ambassador too! This is just something that is more specific to a career path if I decide that I want a break from academics. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I wrote a post a while ago about being brave. This is it. If there aren’t any opportunities for what you want to do then go make some. Start a blog about your interests, do research just because and don’t give up. I never, ever thought I could be an intern and be paid a decent amount, whilst being treated like one of the team. People think that I just get given these opportunities sometimes but, I really don’t I work very hard and stay connected with people, it works!

I hope you all enjoyed reading today ( I know it’s been a long one!) and if you have any questions let me know below!

A taste of the magazine world.

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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!