Having just graduated from university, I’d been hearing a lot of scary things about the so-called ‘real world’. In the real world, there were few jobs for people like me, who studied English Literature while at university. In the real world, you had to be ready to start from the bottom, and prepare to stomach a lot of terrible behaviour from your bosses before moving up on the ladder. In the real world, an intern’s only job was to make coffee.
Naturally, I was terrified when I started looking for internships. I wanted to find something that would help me apply the skills I learnt at university while learning more about marketing and improving my own writing. That’s when I found LEAP!
My official, fancy job title is ‘Content Marketing Intern’, which I love to tell people. I have several responsibilities, which range from pretty straightforward tasks like writing articles (like this one!) for the blog and managing social media, to more complicated ones, like coming up with and pitching campaign ideas for the company.
LEAP is a start-up, which means right now, it’s pretty busy, with all hands on deck. My first week has been both exhilarating and exhausting – if I had to graph out my learning curve, it would shoot straight out of the page! Since we’re a small team, everyone knows each other and everyone is super friendly.
I was terrified before I started, but seeing how friendly everyone was put me at ease pretty soon. On my very first day, I had to write three articles, and come up with a campaign idea to encourage candidates to join LEAP. It was interesting coming up with different straplines and figuring out how to write in line with the company vision. As a reward for all the hard work, the team bought me Nandos for lunch! All I’m saying is if your first day at work involves peri-peri chips, then its’ a pretty great day.
In the last week, I’ve dabbled in a variety of tasks, from creating storyboards for our videos to creating infographics and posts for our Social Media pages. I’ve acquired graphic design skills, learnt the meaning of SEO (spoiler alert: it is not a type of sunscreen), and developed my writing. But that isn’t all.
The most important thing I’ve learnt during my first week at LEAP is a massive secret, and I’m here to share it with you. The so called ‘real world’ you hear people talk about? Its’ about as real as Narnia - so don’t worry about what you majored in or what’s out there – with equal parts luck, work, and time, you’ll find just the right place for you.