Work Experience at Ruder Finn
A guest post by Daniel Walsh who has spent the last fortnight helping us out:
I have to say, what a lucky person I was to be able to come here and work for a global PR company. My name’s Daniel, I’m 15 year olds and I go to Willowfield School and this blog is about my two weeks work experience.
Right from the very first day, I felt comfortable and welcomed as part of their team. As I walked through the front door, the nerves quickly dissipated as Natalie (who has been great the whole time) gave me a quick intro into what I’d be doing for my two weeks. Soon after, I was introduced to all the staff at their different ‘pods’ and of they worked for different sectors; Healthcare, Digital and Public Affairs. My first thoughts were how I was going to remember everybody’s names as I sat down next to Esmé and basically stayed quiet on my first day, too nervous to start chatting. The main reason for choosing Ruder Finn was to learn more about PR and as a company, what they actually do to promote products to the public.
Once I had settled in, I quickly began talking to the people around me (Esmé, Sarah and Josie) and I didn’t feel out of place at all. On the first day, I was lucky enough to be invited to a ‘Waving for Arthritis’ brainstorm where lots of ideas were thrown around about the best way to reach that 100,000 waver mark. It was interesting to see how the team all worked together and how quickly ideas were thought of and adapted.
The office is very impressive, all brand new and updated, flat screen TVs, iPads and a PS3 console, who said that the working environment had to be boring and outdated. A favourite of mine was the kitchen’s coffee and tea machine; it was nice not to have to use a kettle for once! I never felt the need to rush off for lunch, I knew I would get my hour anyway and I was enjoying my placement too much to rush off anyway. However, I avoided the bad habit (Claire and Charlotte) of staying behind after 4pm.
I would like to say a big thank you again to the whole Ruder Finn team for making my work experience so enjoyable but thanks again to Natalie (for looking out for me), Josie, Sarah, Claire and Esmé (my first jobs), Maya and Charlotte H. (for all your interesting research tasks), Hugh (Mr. Parliamentary Committee and for all the interesting discussions), Mark (For Comet and Hoovers…) and finally to Alison for giving me the opportunity in the first place.
All the best and good luck in the future!!!