This is a guest post by Lauren who has been working with us for the past two weeks.
It was the middle of the day, I was somewhere between wandering why Tarzan never had a beard and whether the Doc Martens I like are really worth the £100 price tag when boom! Natalie asks me if I want to write a blog on my time here.
The name’s Lauren. I’m 15. I go to Waldegrave School and if you hadn’t already guessed, this is about my work experience. Ruder Finn is one of the top PR firms in the city and I was lucky enough to get the chance to do my work experience here so during my 2 weeks work experience one of the things I wanted to discover was what makes a great firm tick, what their inspiration is, what it is that keeps them motivated. The answer is quite simply (and not surprisingly) - biscuits.
I think I may have found the new world record holders for ‘Most amount of biscuits eaten in a short space of time by a group of people who have mostly given up biscuits for Lent but can’t resist a good old Jammy Dodger’ Let me start back on my first day. I met Natalie and was soon introduced to everyone - although I thought I’ll be lucky if I even remember 2 names… But for the first day I was pretty much glued to my desk. Literally. I mean it was like I was afraid if I stood up I would feel the eyes of the office just watching me.
I went to lunch as soon as I could, looked around Topshop and sat in Pret where I came across a very over enthusiastic man working at the till and an elderly lady who chose to sit uncomfortably close on the table next to me. Anyway, in case you couldn’t already tell, I was nervous. Really nervous. On the first day of school, you have your friends to mess around with, have a laugh, take your mind off of things, you know? But when you don’t know anyone and you’re in a totally new place you reckon you’ll be lucky if you even make it up until lunchtime…
I’ll be honest, when I arrived I was pretty impressed with the new Ruder Finn office, I was thinking ‘Is this what works really like? Have they been conning us kids for years? I mean there’s a PS3 and iPad in the corner with flat screen – where’s the work in that?’ This was all back in February when I came for an interview with Emma, after this I was looking forward (if not still really nervous) to my first day. Originally I hardly spoke to anyone; I sat at my computer feeling –for once in my life- unbelievably shy. By Thursday I was more in my comfort zone and even had a chat with people (which at the time seemed like a big step). And by Friday I was thinking about how glad I was that I had another week here, I mean I’d only just got to know everyone and only just settled in.
So here I am, second week in. Scanning newspapers like there’s no tomorrow. Answering the phone (which I was very proud of). And sitting in meetings. I think this experience has given better idea about my future. I vowed I would never want to be cooped up in an office everyday when I’m older but being here has shown me it’s not where you are it’s what you do and who you do it with. I know now how hard I need to push myself to get into what I really want to do; it won’t just get handed to me on a plate. There’s so many people that I got to know and made my time here really fab so thanks Natalie, Charlotte, Emma (for giving me the opportunity), Lou, Peter (for all the tea), Will, Matt and Mark but really I’d like to say thanks to everyone. It’s been great! As someone here said to me reflecting back on their work experience at ‘Comet’: ‘No…I really didn’t enjoy it; I couldn’t see myself in the future…selling Hoovers… So if you want to do something you have to work really hard and carry on working hard even if people slack you have to work really hard’- thanks for that Mark (although I still strongly believe politics is not my area of expertise…).