When imagining my first full time job, I never pictured it being from my bedroom, nor did I envision meeting my new colleges for the first time through a screen. The pandemic has made it undoubtedly more challenging, but I have been with the incredible Motive team for around two months now. Whilst it has been far from typical, I am having a lot of fun!
I have always loved writing and wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to be creative, whilst also communicating with people, learning and researching interesting things. PR ticks a lot of those boxes. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect on my first day, but I soon realised that I had hit the jackpot in my new role when I was asked to write a press release within my first few hours.
I spent the first week bumbling my way through Zoom calls, trying to work out new software, practices, and acronyms - but with support from my wonderfully accommodating team, everything began falling into place. It was so important when starting in a new role to ask all the questions. No one will think what you are asking is silly because you are new, and it will save a lot of confusion later down the line.
Ask questions about anything and everything relevant to your position. Request templates of example emails, pitches, press releases, coverage reports and brand guidelines so that you constantly have something to refer to, that has been previously approved.
Landing in the world of work after graduating during a pandemic has had its challenges. Unlike university coursework, you can’t invest as much time as you’d like to any given assignment. You have to make sure that you are not “over-servicing” your accounts, which means going over the amount of time a client has paid for.
The first month was one large learning curve, full of questions, minor mistakes and eureka moments, which is very typical early on in a new position. But, within my first few weeks, the press releases I had written and pitched were starting to land coverage for my clients.
I wasn’t quite ready for the pride, excitement and kick I got seeing words I had written land in publications like The Times and Country Living so soon into my new job!
There is something extremely special about seeing a piece of work you have been doing from the comfort of your sofa, splashed across national news websites like the Daily Express and the Metro. It gives you a real buzz, especially when they include links to your client’s website!
It's been great to get to know my new colleagues. While opportunities to socialise are somewhat limited by the pandemic we did manage a really exciting escape room evening when we worked together as a team to escape from a virtual jail - it was great fun! I'm looking forward to some real nights out with Team Motive when restrictions have lifted.
The cherry on top of my first two months was seeing Motive nominated for not one, but FIVE European Content Awards, for campaigns the team had worked on before I joined. Knowing that my team had been recognised among the top content agencies across the continent was such a thrill. It filled me with enthusiasm for what’s to come and confirmed that I really am learning from the best! Award ceremonies are something new and extremely exciting for me.
But before any of that, I’m most excited to sit down with my colleagues over a cup of tea - or an energy drink or three! If you are interested in a career in PR here at Motive, check out our careers page.