It has been a while since I have done a blog post for the University of Plymouth, but a lot of circumstances have changed - one being starting my placement year at the start of September. So far, it has been an amazing experience.
My job role has changed from being a “Social Media Intern” to “Social Media and Media Manager”. I work in at a charity called “The Sapphire Community Group” which aims to help young people bring out their more creative side with our workshops, events and support such as counselling and mentoring. The charity is based in Old Street which isn’t a long commute to and from home, which is great after a long day in the office.
I have found that by having a huge role in the charity organisation I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people who are so creative outside their work schedule. Some freelance as a side job, whilst others are at university and have an interest in filmmaking or creative arts. My placement is in partnership with a youth centre that, like the charity, help young people by offering creative courses to bring out their creative side. I have gotten to meet some people with incredible talents such as singing, dancing, editing and more. Learning about people’s personalities and how they view the world is incredible because I feel that I can get a sense of how to see scenarios in a different perspective. I sometimes question myself if I can take up something new, by learning something from them.
Each day is different from the day before, as there are many tasks that need to be carried out such as scheduling posts on social media platforms, making sure that people who are supposed to blog know where to upload the files or who to send it to, have videos set up and so much more. As the social media team is the face of the charity, we need to make sure everything is up to scratch, which can be stressful if there isn’t communication and coherence from the team. Being in a manager position is hard; I am still trying to adjust to the lifestyle as being a manager I must attend meetings, events (if I can, and schedule ahead of time to come to them), organise my team in terms of tasks for the week and more. Having a breather can be hard as people rely on me to get answers when sometimes I don’t even have them.
Overall, I have found my time at placement so far amazing. Event though it can be stressful, going to events, networking with people I otherwise may not have come across and experiencing something I might have not done In Plymouth was the best choice I have ever made. Even though I do miss my friends in Plymouth, I believe that this opportunity has helped me to get a taste of what the real world may be like.