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EMA Officer/Student Mentor

East Devon College

This role involved ensuring eligible students received their EMA allowance and dealing with any issues that may be affecting students’ attendance. This required correspondence with students, parents, lecturers, the college finance team and the head of EMA to resolve problems. It was also necessary to organise meetings to discuss students problems and aiding them in designing action plans. 

Due to dealing with the emotive issue of money a hard skin was imperative. Being the port of call for any problem students had with their EMA payments resulted in baring the brunt of any frustration. Linked to this, listening skills and the ability be persistent were important. Sometimes matters were personal so subjects had to be approached in a certain manner whilst at the same time being tenacious to ensure issues were resolved.

May 2009Present

Public Relations Intern

Gong Communications

Being a small company, the experience gained thus far at Gong Communications has been extremely varied and valuable. Dealing with every aspect of clients' PR strategies has given insight into all aspects of B2B and consumer PR from the original information gathering and researching targets right through to pitching to journalists and publications. The amount of responsibility gained with this role, including being given a project to handle, has been a real eye opener into the world of PR. 

Gong's client it list is large and encompassing including Visual CV (http://www.visualcv.com/home), Pestival (http://pestival.org/) and Beat that Quote (http://www.beatthatquote.com/).

May 2008Oct 2009

Reviewer - Food and Drink Establishments

Itchy Guides

This role involved visiting various bars and restaurants in Cardiff, speaking to management level individuals and writing a fair and accurate review of the establishment. 

This often involved cold calling the owners of bars and restaurants and extracting necessary information from them. The reviews were published in the 2008-2009 guide and can still be seen online.

This role required a high degree of organisation due to strict weekly deadlines whilst still studying at University. Each entry had a limited word count and thus concision and clarity within the written work was important.

Often the managers who needed contacting were busy or reluctant to give away information due to receiving negative reviews in the past and thus, a tenacious yet trusting and friendly persona were vital. 

Sep 2009Oct 2009

Intern Journalist

Express and Echo Exeter

The bulk of this role involved interviewing members of the public and writing stand alone stories to be published in the daily news paper and monthly magazine. Stories were submitted to the fashion, business and out and about and entertainment sections of the paper.

Interviews were done both in person and over the phone. The ability to ask suitable questions in a natural way and to write concisely to deadline was vital.  

This role aided in the enhancement of communication skills, both written and verbal and also gave excellent insight into the working of a news room including the aptitude for recognising news worthy attributes of stories such as the credibility of different sources. 

Mar 2009Mar 2009

Public Relations Intern

This role intailed carring out general account coordinator tasks within the technology sector. These included future feature tracking, coverage analysis, producing coverage books, cold calling journalists to complete audits and writing coverage reports for clients to aid their marketing strategy. 

This experience aided in the development of corporate verbal andwritten skills, rapport building skills and questioning and listening skills. Working with Text 100 also encouraged good time management as the office was continuously busy with numerous tasks.that needed to be completed within tight time frames. 

Furthermore, the role required the use of most Microsoft Office software competently and utilise the online databases Gorkana and Feature Executive effectively.

Feb 2005Aug 2005

English Teacher

ECC

Being English Teacher involved teaching English to Thai students in both a classroom and one-on-one basis, planing interesting and varied lessons and conduct lessons for students ranging in age from 2 up to 60 and from complete beginners up to advanced learners.

Communication skills were vital during this role and as such, developed to an excellent level. Communicating with people who did not speak English meant that learning the importance of body language and tone were fundamental.

This role also required a certain degree of confidence which most definately grew throughout the period. Teach people of all calibre including the CEO of an IT firm in Bangkok meant that a professional, confident manner was of the ut most importance .

Education

Sep 2005Aug 2008

Second Class First Division BA Hons

Cardiff University

Useful Documents

Beecab marks Pestival's Launch

PR Specfic

My degree choice has resulted in me gaining a firm understanding of the media industry and modules such as ‘Advertising and the consumer society’ has given me a more in-depth knowledge of marketing strategies. Whilst studying I was a member of many of the media teams, including the PR team for Xpress Radio where I was involved in brainstorming, planning and carrying out promotional activities as well as writing press releases.

In addition to this I have actively sought out work experience within the media industry outside of University. Firstly, I researched and wrote reviews of bars and restaurants for Itchy Cardiff whilst still continuing my study. Secondly, I worked as an intern journalist at a daily local news paper and thus have a good idea of how the inside of a news room works and what it takes to make a story newsworthy.

I also have specific PR experience. Earlier this year I took two weeks holiday from my current position as a Visual Merchandiser at Debenhams to work at Text 100 Global PR, where I worked along side a PR Executive carrying out day to day PR tasks (see below for further details). Currently, I am interning at Gong Communications along side my day job. This means I am working seven days a week but feel the experience I am gaining there is more valuable than a few extra hours of rest at the moment. I am thoroughly enjoying the work and am pleased to announce that I have recently been put in charge of my own project, promoting a festival taking place on the South Bank in September, Pestival!

Pestival 2009 - A Bug Experience!

Pestival is a celebration of insect life running from 3-6 September 2009 on the South Bank. Last years event attracted 10,00 people. The festival brings together science, art, film, music, comedy, workshops and music perfomances to explore the insect world and bringing it to life. It promises to be a funfilled event for all the family as well as being an educational experience.

The founder, Bridget Nicholls, is a fascinating and humerous woman who's knowledge of this area is astounding. Her mission is for people to engage with the wonder of the natural world and because of her work she has been recognised as one of the first Arts and Ecology practioners.

www.pestival.org

In Brief

Having recently graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons in Journalism, Film and Media I am now looking to start my career within Public Relations.

I am an enthusiastic individual who is self motivated and enjoys a challenge. Past experience within education and employment has resulted in me developing excellent communication and rapport building skills. Furthermore, my written ability is high due to past journalistic experience.

These assets plus my extensive knowledge and passion for the media industry make me believe I would succeed in Public Relations.

BeeCab

"Pestival" launch THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2009 9.30am - 11.00am Wellcome Trust 215 Euston Road London NW1 2BE Nearest tube: Euston Square IS IT A BEE? IS IT A CAB? NO, IT'S BEECAB! Beespoke taxi brings a buzz to London's streets ahead of Pestival A London taxi has been specially customized by artists and scientists for Pestival, a unique festival at London's South Bank Centre in September 2009 celebrating the art of being an insect. The theme of this year's Pestival is the collapse of bee colonies around the world. To raise awareness of the plight of bees, one of London's iconic black cabs has been transformed into a bumblebee in full flight, and even has a working beehive in the front seat. 'Beecab' will be appearing around London throughout the summer until it reaches its destination: Pestival 2009. ENDS

Interest

Travelling: I was very lucky to grow up in a family that likes to travel. From a young age I always visited new and wonderful places and this passion has continued into my adult life. I feel such experiences have given me a balanced look on life and a great appreciation for different cultures, customs and in particular foods.

Current affairs: I am a self confessed news buff. I read two Daily national news papers plus the free London papers, my internet home page is the BBC News site, I always watch the BBC news in the morning and I am addicted to Twitter. I like to feel I have a rounded view of what is going on in the world, maybe I am just nosey.

Writing: I am a very busy person but when I do find a few moments to myself, I like nothing more than to jot my ideas down on paper. I keep two blogs and have numerous folders on my computer full of random articles and stories I have written. Some people relax with music; I relax with a laptop and a word document.