Our new recruits both took on their roles following graduate placements with award-winning Scottish PR agency.
WE CAUGHT up with our two new Junior Account Executives, Lauren and Lucy, who both took on their roles following graduate placements with us in November 2020 and January 2021 respectively.
Keep reading to get to know our PR team’s two newest recruits and see how they’re getting on during their first week at Holyrood PR.
1.Where are you from?
Lauren: Italy and Scotland!
Lucy: I’m from Lanark, a small town about an hour away from Glasgow.
2. What did you study at University?
Lauren: I studied Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, just graduated in July!
Lucy: I studied English Literature for my undergrad then a Masters in International Journalism, Media and Communications – both at the University of Glasgow.
3. What do you do in your spare time?
Lauren: I’ve started painting with watercolours. I’m not very artistic so it’s no master piece by any means but it’s very relaxing so I really enjoy it.
Lucy: Anything sporty! I like getting out into the outdoors and adventuring.
4. How long have you been in Edinburgh for? What’s living in Edinburgh like?
Lauren: I studied in Edinburgh and have stayed here since graduation so it’s been short of 5 years now – I absolutely love it. I’ve fallen in love with Edinburgh, it’s such a great city.
Lucy: I don’t actually live in Edinburgh at the moment, but I’m excited to move once lockdown allows. I lived in Glasgow for five years during University so it’ll be great to have a change of scenery and see what Edinburgh has to offer.
5. If you could travel to one place right now where would you go?
Lauren: Australia! I was planning to go with some friends after uni but because of Covid those plans were wiped away pretty quickly.
Lucy: New Zealand or Vietnam. Similar to Lauren, I had post-uni travelling plans, but Covid had other ideas!
6. What made you decide to move to PR?
Lauren: It was all a little spontaneous to be honest, as I mentioned I was planning on going to Australia and when that failed I wanted to get some work experience. I was interested in writing/research/communications and found PR to be the perfect match. From there I completed the month long graduate placement with Holyrood PR and really enjoyed it, so it’s safe to say I’m delighted to officially be part of the team.
Lucy: I was reasonably set on becoming a journalist for most of University, but I was introduced to PR through my Masters course and it seemed like a great fit for me. I completed a graduate placement with Holyrood PR in January and luckily the team decided to keep me! I’m so glad I took the plunge, I’m loving it so far.
7. How has your first week been?
Lauren: Hectic but good! The week has gone by surprisingly quickly and I think that’s a testament to how busy the days are which I really enjoy.
Lucy: Stressful and exciting in equal parts! Starting remotely has been challenging and I’m experiencing a bit of information overload but the rest of the team have been so welcoming, helpful and supportive.
8. What is your favourite thing about working for Holyrood PR?
Lauren: The team is really great and very supportive. It’s made entering the workforce a lot less daunting and more exciting. I love that there’s so many projects going on, it makes the day really varied which I enjoy.
Lucy: If I had to pick one thing, I’d say the team. They’re a lovely bunch! I also love how varied the work is, no two days are the same. I’ve already learned so much.
9. Do you enjoy working remotely?
Lauren: Honestly, it’s not that bad! I love that I don’t have to commute to the office and can roll out of bed and get to work. I’m definitely very excited to get to meet the team properly in person as I think there’s a really nice social element that comes from working in a physical office as compared to a virtual one.
Lucy: Overall, I’m enjoying it. Saving on commuting time is a great perk and I like the fact I can wear my slippers to work. That being said, I can’t wait to get out the house and into the office with the team.
10. What’s your favourite social media channel and why?
Lauren: Instagram as much as I’m trying to use it less the reels feature have me hooked.
Lucy: I’m weirdly hooked on LinkedIn at the moment. I love keeping up to date with all the creative marketing campaigns. My most recent favourite has to be Autoglass’s reactive response to the new Marmite flavour.
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