Different: A New Chapter
When somebody would have asked me last year where I would see myself in May 2016 I would have not considered myself sitting in a communications agency in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.
The question is now, what is a German PR student doing in a communications agency in Harrogate?
My journey started in October 2012 moving to Düsseldorf to study Public Relations and Communications management at the European Business and Media academy (EMBA). I graduated in summer 2015 and then suddenly needed to decide what to do with my knowledge.
Because I am very young (22-years old) I decided not to start working right away. But what to do? My goal was to study in English and abroad. Therefore, I started to look for different international Master programs for Public Relations. Within my search I found the perfect program for me: The Master International Communication (MIC). The program provided me to study abroad and to choose my specialization in Public Relations.
This program started in September 2015 at the Hanze University in Groningen, Netherlands. At the beginning it was a challenge for me to study in English. I haven’t spoken or wrote assignments in English for the last three years. But I did manage to finish my first semester with very good grades.
For my specialisation in Public Relations in my second semester I chose the Leeds Beckett University in North Yorkshire, England. Meaning, that in January 2016 I went off my next adventure.
As soon as my classes started I got an insight from my tutor about the British PR industry. At this point I knew I wanted to stay in the UK and gather experiences in the industry right here.
Through networking within the University I got the chance to apply for a placement at Differentin Harrogate. David and his lovely two dogs Amber and Bodie were so nice and gave me the opportunity to work in his agency. I hope to gather an insight of the real media relations world and to expand my knowledge. Furthermore, I want to enhance my writing skills and my language skills in general.
Today is already my second week at Different. My first week started very exciting. I had the chance of meeting one of the clients and already being part of a client event and write press releases for different clients. It was the first time I actually wrote a press release in English and this tasks are the perfect chance to improve my writing and PR skills.
This chance of working in an agency and the actual industry will help me to become a PR professional and to achieve my goal to work internationally. Hopefully this will bring me one step closer to find a full-time job in the UK.