PR internship photography, Rachael Martin, Scottish PR graduate placement

What do I do now? Rachael’s first week of finding her feet at Holyrood PR

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What do I do now? Rachael’s first week of finding her feet at Holyrood PR

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Rachael Martin‘s first week of graduate placement at Holyrood PR

PR internship photography, Rachael Martin, Scottish PR graduate placement

It’s a bittersweet feeling graduating from university, moving onto the next chapter of life. The relief of no more lectures, referencing or dreaded dissertations. PR internship

However, the excitement of having education behind me soon wore off; I started to realise what people meant when they said you feel lost post-graduation.

What’s next? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? You start asking yourself some big questions. And with the ongoing pandemic restricting any post-graduation travel plans, it’s hard not to panic about what’s next.

For me, this was the first time in my life I didn’t know what the next stage held for me, nor did I know what I wanted to do.  Even after four years of studying public relations, I felt like I had no idea how the industry actually worked or what direction I wanted to go in. 

I got in contact with Holyrood PR after I finished up university with the hopes I could gain some experience in the industry and possibly discover more of what I liked and disliked. 

I presumed I would be given a shadowing role, peeping over the team’s shoulder and watching what they do day-to-day. That is not how it works here.

From day one, I was given responsibility and opportunities to work on a range of client work. I suffered from some imposter syndrome in the first couple of days, but with the teams support, I slowly got into the swing of things and even gained a little confidence in what I was doing.

Holyrood PR’s client portfolio is extensive, from public sector to tech companies to charities to care homes, and the list goes on.    

Each day the team has given me in-depth tutorials on different aspects of what they do and gave me an opportunity to have a go myself. This week I have:

  • Joined in client calls 
  • Drafted press releases
  • Researched different client projects 
  • Drafted blog posts 
  • Draft social media copy

It has felt so good getting into the office each day and getting valuable face-to-face feedback from the team. With such a busy day, 9-5 goes by in the blink of an eye.

This week I have got stuck right into agency life – working on so many different projects and loving it all.  Although I’m definitely not a PR pro, I’ve already gained a huge amount of knowledge and genuinely can’t wait for the next three weeks. 

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