Trying to land a job in your preferred role as a graduate can be quite an undertaking. The constant fine-tuning of cover letters, navigating industry jargon, and the pressure of interview preparation becomes wearisome – and that was before Covid-19.
Having studied for a BA in English, I knew PR was the career I wanted to pursue – but I also knew that graduating during a pandemic would be difficult and I would have to adapt in order to build a CV that would make an impact. Work experience and internships were out of the question, so instead I focused my efforts on other areas of my life. In particular, being the captain of my university netball team took on a new meaning through the various lockdowns as I lead the squad in remote challenges that we publicised on social media, raising nearly £4,000 for various charities.
This inspired me to take on new challenges, since there were extremely limited opportunities available to graduates. I began managing a relative’s band, using my knowledge of social media to boost their profile, and used this experience to network with local venues to get them booked for live performances. I even acted as the doorman on a couple of occasions!
FieldHouse Associates really stood out to me during my job search. The website was so welcoming and polished, and it is rare to find a company in the tech industry with so many strong female leaders. I saw this as a rare opportunity to grow my knowledge of communications under the guidance of an already fast-growing PR agency in an equally fast-growing industry.
My tenacity paid off, and my interviews with Nicky, Cordelia, and the team felt so natural and encouraging that the role seemed an ideal fit. On my first day I attended a client party where I got involved in networking with entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the ecosystem. Usually this would be daunting, especially after a year and a half of lockdowns, but I took it in my stride, and with support from my new colleagues I learnt a lot from the experience.
I’m elated to be able to kick off my career in such a nurturing environment with FieldHouse, and I cannot wait to make my own impact in the world of PR.