Since starting my GCSE’s in year 9 of secondary school, there was one subject which I was determined to succeed in, simply because I aimed to develop my skills in this field of expertise – English. In response to this desire, I used to my initiative to consider what sort of careers were available that link well with this subject. Clearly, the chosen profession would need to have two main aspects: a generous wage and an enjoyable lifestyle. Rather swiftly, I came to the conclusion that journalism, and more specifically sports journalism, would be an ideal sector to specialise in.
Upon receiving my GCSE results in the summer holidays of 2014, I was delighted to have achieved an “A” grade in both English Language and English Literature. And from this point on, I knew journalism was the obvious choice. Without hesitation, I chose English Language and PE as two of my A-Level options, which would allow me to continue to consolidate my linguistic skills, and study the physical and sporting aspects of modern-day life. The reason why I chose Language over Literature was simply because journalism would be more semantic than literal, and also because I enjoyed studying the way in which people speak as opposed to reading through poems and fictitious texts.
As with all careers, gaining a first-hand experience of what it is like to be employed by a company is crucial to becoming familiar with your future occupation. The first work experience I had done was towards the end of year 10, with an accountancy company in the town of Harrogate, from which I live, and was born in. My time spent with this establishment was thoroughly enjoyable, and consequently, towards the end of year 12, I voluntarily chose to spend another week doing work experience at a dissimilar placement: Different in the Harrogate District.
I was aware Public Relations was a crucial aspect of journalism, which is why I took action on this note. Having primary experience of a future career before venturing into an occupation would allow me to thrive under the pressures of the job itself. Different was a clear choice to execute a work placement; not just because it is local for me, but due to the fact the business has an excellent portfolio and is revered among its clients. As well as offering personal advice on how to succeed in this sector, the Directors of Different gave me advice on how to tackle issues which are commonly encountered by modern-day journalists.
Spending seven days with a business that had a plethora of practical experience and an iconic clientele, I have acquired skills which are pivotal to prospering in the journalism precinct. Throughout the week, numerous deliverables and administrative responsibilities were given to me by David to complete at my own speed, free of set time limits. However, I ensured none of my tasks were ongoing, as completing small-scale projects one at a time optimized my levels of success, simply due to the fact unfinished assignments would stay off of my mind, allowing me to concentrate on the task at hand.
Inevitably, the week of work experience with Different made a huge contribution to my abilities. By using the skills David gave to me, and the knowledge a practical experience of working in Public Relations has bestowed upon me, I feel I am now in a well-positioned state to stand out from other like-minded candidates wishing to compete and become a journalist in the future. The errands and duties I have completed have reinforced my devotions to the art of journalism, and combining Public Relations with the world of media has emphasized how important being in the public eye really is. Many thanks Different, your accommodating and highly seasoned company has truly inspired me and my future aspirations.
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