Kate Stephens, marketing assistant, spoke to us about the trials and tribulations of her first year with us
Congratulations on celebrating your anniversary! How long have you worked at PCR?
What’s your job role?
What does it entail?
A big variety! Marketing, branding, CRM-ing, copy writing, social media-ing. I also plan our contractor evening and Christmas party (with help from our lovely office manager, Rena).
How has your role changed?
During my time so far at PCR my role has really taken shape. I was an intern for the first 3 months and a lot of that was getting used to processes and organising tasks. Now I have a steady schedule and day-to-day jobs which I take care of. It has certainly developed in a year!
How has the landscape changed?
When I joined PCR a big challenge for me was to understand the landscape in the first place as I hadn’t ever worked in a recruitment environment before. I am always learning about our audience and the best ways to approach the recruitment industry- in many ways I am still growing into my role.
What are the biggest lessons you have learnt so far?
Attending relevant events are a really great tool no matter what level you are at. I’ve attended events such as TruLondon, Social Media Week London and TV Connect to help me understand products and our audience more. I have also learnt to organise my time and most important, get to grips with Linkedin!
What do you love about your job?
I love the people I work with, our location (in the food quarter of Heddon Street), the variety and responsibility I have with my role too. As a recent graduate I am very lucky to have a job at all- let alone one that I genuinely enjoy and feel a valuable part of the team.
What do you find challenging?
Keeping leads and clients a secret is quite strange, not so much a challenge but just quite difficult when I want to boast about how our client is doing on Twitter and all the great work we are doing with them! Sometimes it can be a challenge to work out new processes or problems within the business.
What advice would you give to a junior starting in your role?
Well, technically I am a junior! But I would say that the best thing for me when graduating was having experience under my belt before securing a permanent role. I had completed 2 internships in different environments; volunteered at relevant events to my sector and made sure I had a good portfolio too. When I started my third internship I was lucky enough to be offered a permanent job and I knew I wanted to take it after having a 3 month taster.
Lots of people worry about getting a paid work but the job market is a cruel mistress and to enable you to get where you want, you sometimes have to be patient and take the long road! This doesn’t sound appealing but it has a few perks:
1. Getting a taste of many industries AND company sizes (I would especially recommend working at a start-up or very small company)
2. The opportunity to meet a variety of people in a short time span
3. If you hate it at least you are only there for a very short amount of time and not tied to a contract
What does the future hold for you?
Good question! I’m not sure myself- I plan to stay at PCR for the foreseeable future though. I’m looking forward to the new challenges and adventures that are due with our growth in the coming year.
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