“History Boy” Ben Pollard dips his toes into the World of Communications
History graduate and “local lad” Ben Pollard writes of his first foray into the world of communications:
“Last years’ experience at MP Andrew Jones’ office proved to be the foot in the door for my first post-university foray into the big wide world of work, and my time at Different has only helped get me further through that proverbial doorway.
“Having finished at the University of Lincoln with a First Class Honours Degree in History the world of communications seemed an ideal fit for me in putting my degree skills to practical use. At university I had always had an eye for sources, research and presenting my own opinion concisely and accurately.
“I started asking myself, how hard a transition could it be from the academic world of medieval Byzantium and Latin manuscripts to the world of customer service and local news?
“The world of media relations proved a good fit for me from day one, and the lively and friendly office atmosphere made all my previous fears about office work melt away. Being greeted at the front door by two excitable Labradors clutching dog beds and teddy bears does wonders for settling the mind on a first day. Along with interesting slices of local news and an impromptu performance by the office’s resident amateur magician, PR proved a lot livelier than I had first thought.
“Working at Different I have written about everything from weddings and restaurant openings to Pieathlons and every day brings its own set of unique stories and people from across Yorkshire.
“My current goals are to try and grow both the academic and practical halves of my degree. With several years of experience working at local museums and getting to put my history knowledge to the test, the change to putting the other skills from university- presenting and setting out a credible viewpoint for public approval- made a lot of sense for broadening out my CV and experience.
“In the future I hope to put the experience gained at Different back into my academic History career and take these invaluable skills onward into the future.”