Soon I’ll be entering my final year at Bournemouth School for Girls and I’ll be taking my A Levels (Psychology, Biology and Business/Economics). We are encouraged to undertake work experience over the summer holiday and I was delighted to be accepted for a week’s work experience at Liz Lean PR. With minimal experience under my belt, apart from a couple of weeks spent at London-based Houzz, I was eager to begin a placement at an integrated PR agency.

My week has been really enjoyable and highly valuable as it has helped me answer questions about my career path. Before, I was unsure what career path I would like to take, but I am now confident that PR is the right career choice for me. I was given a wide variety of tasks, including drafting blog posts, press releases, social media posts, competitor research tasks and joined in with team brainstorms and internal discussions. I particularly enjoyed liaising with councillors ahead of an event that Liz Lean PR is hosting and helped to follow up on receiving their RSVPs.

Although the view from every window in the office was absolutely incredible, the best thing about working at Liz Lean PR was the variety of tasks given to me and the team that welcomed me. The working environment was so friendly and everyone was always checking up on me to see that I was alright and that I had sufficient work to get on with. I felt as though I had known the team for ages and felt confident to ask them anything because of how approachable and supportive they all were.

My time with Liz Lean PR has truly helped me gain a proper perspective as to what it could be like to work in PR. Each of my tasks were briefed to me fully and I liked that I could gain a genuine understanding about why I was doing those tasks. I felt like the tasks given to me were actually helpful for the company, rather than just to keep me busy.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Liz, Alice, Shona, Holly, Caitlin, Emily, Cat, Carol, Louise, Claire, Leila and Denise for having me! I’ve had a wonderful week… and the end came too soon!

By Lexi Parkin