When it was suggested that I write a blog post about my week at Ruder Finn, I didn’t really know where to begin! Although I am not entirely sure what kind of career I would like to pursue, I’m considering studying courses such as international relations or business, or politics and French, when I go to university next year. As a student in my first year of A-Levels (studying politics, history and French), I’m currently feeling a lot of pressure to decide on a direction for myself.

Before starting my work experience, I guess my idea of an office environment was very generalised. I expected boring admin, a lot of grey and just a generally not a very upbeat environment! In all honesty, until my first day, I only had a faint idea of what Ruder Finn does as a company. By working here for a week, I hoped to get more of an idea of where I would like to be in a few years’ time, as well as a further insight into what it’s like to be in the world of work.

The company is so diverse in terms of what it does, even just in my first day I completed a range of tasks, none of which fitted in with the preconceptions I had. I helped to write a transcription of a documentary to send to a client and did some research into the social media pages of medical congresses. I didn’t expect to be doing tasks like this but in the end, I really enjoyed my time learning about the types of things a PR agency may be expected to do for their clients. Working for clients as part of an agency seems like a really interesting potential path for me, despite the fact that I previously hadn’t known anything about it as a career. From what I’ve seen, you’re always kept on your toes!

One thing I have learnt in my short time here at Ruder Finn is the importance of communication and of never being afraid to ask for help or advice when I need it, which I’m sure will be useful skills when I start work. I’ve also learnt that my attitude and mental approach to a challenge is the most important thing when it comes to completing that challenge. I grasped this from the moment I arrived here. On my first morning, I was so nervous that I felt sick, but I chose to keep a positive mindset which helped me remain calm when I arrived, leaving me ready to face my next challenge. Seeing as I am naturally more of an introvert, an experience like this was very far out of my comfort zone, but over the course of the week, I became more confident in myself and the things I was doing. I didn’t expect to get so much out of just a few days of work experience, so I am extremely grateful for all the things I’ve learnt.