A Day in the Life of an Intern
Graduating from Durham University in June 2012 with a BSc in Biological Sciences, I emerged from student life, fresh faced and eager to dive into the working world. Not knowing exactly what industry I wanted to hack my way into, first on my agenda was to explore what options were available.
After a few months of work experience placements and ironically, constant rejections from job applications due to lack of experience, I was beginning to despair. Having decided that PR and Communications was the route that I wished to follow, I was stuck in a catch 22 situation. All entry level jobs required some sort of experience in their respective field, all work experience placements were unpaid, my student overdraft was just getting bigger and I was at a loss.
On the verge of giving up hope and placating myself with working in various temporary and part time roles, I finally stumbled upon some good fortune.
I was put into contact with Claire Tuffin, the Group Managing Director of VMA Group. After a few e-mails back and forth, Claire agreed to a meeting…success at last! Little did I know that although the encounter was termed a ‘meeting’, I had unknowingly organised something that bared uncanny resemblance to an interview.
An hour later I emerged from the meeting room with a much more grounded and informed idea of what the communications industry was all about. Furthermore, my suspicions and fears had been confirmed; the job market is challenging, even for the most experienced professionals. I thanked Claire very much for her time and left the VMA office with a new game plan: perseverance.
In the midst of more applications, Claire got back in touch and offered me the opportunity of an internship with VMA Group and I have been here since February. Although recruitment was never something I had considered as a career move, my time here has been invaluable.
Initially I was placed within the marketing team and made a complete nuisance of myself. Julian Moore, head of the marketing department, was extremely patient with my incessant questioning and slowly I began to grasp some of the more basic marketing concepts.
After only a week and a half, I was offered the opportunity to interview for a permanent position within the company as a member of their support team. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in my application, however, Michelle very kindly sat down with me and gave me some much needed guidance on my interview technique and how best to present my CV.
I have now been at VMA Group for a little over a month and I am still learning. Every day throws something new in my direction, and every day I leave feeling a little more enlightened about the corporate world. I could not have wished to have stumbled upon an office of nicer people, who have at my every request, made their professional guidance and knowledge available to me. I look forward to the rest of my time with VMA Group, and the future now looks less daunting with each day spent in here at Bedford Square.
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