As of scripting this weblog, I’m now on week eight of my internship. It’s loopy to assume I’m already two-thirds of the way in which by way of my time right here. I suppose time flies while you’re busy.
The previous four weeks have been extremely eventful. I’ve spent a whole lot of time on the prepare, travelling round south Wales and going to London.
Touring south Wales
As you might bear in mind from my last blog, I used to be resulting from embark on a tour of south Wales for my shadowing week.
This started with a visit to the Workplace of the Secretary of State for Wales in Cardiff Bay. I spent the day with their communications crew whose work includes, amongst different issues, answering press enquiries and planning occasions for the Minister. The fast-paced nature of the workplace was fascinating, and I used to be happy to have the ability to assist and draft social media posts for an upcoming ministerial go to.
I then spent a day on the Driver and Automobile Licensing Company (DVLA) in Swansea with my internship mentor, Kelly Cambule. I met every operate of the communications crew, from inside communications to the graphics division.
One spotlight for me was an insightful chat with David Jenkins, their media relations officer. David talked about among the greatest press tales he’s labored on which impressed me to seek out out extra about how the press workplace labored.
One other spotlight was trying across the dozens of flooring at DVLA, certainly one of which had a race monitor carpet and a Mini Cooper couch.
My remaining cease was to the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) in Newport. My go to coincided with a really thrilling time as they had been getting ready for the 2021 census. I discovered extra in regards to the adjustments to the census from groups from throughout communications.
Talking to media officer, Llinos Merriman in regards to the census trial marketing campaign was an thrilling a part of the day and I actually felt I used to be on the centre of necessary authorities selections. I additionally had a scrumptious fish and chips at their large canteen!
This tour was a incredible perception into how totally different authorities departments operate and opened my eyes to the kind of careers I may pursue after I graduate. My tour isn’t fairly over but – I’m additionally visiting the Mental Property Workplace (IPO) subsequent week.
Again on dwelling soil
Coming again into the workplace after an insightful few days made me much more excited to get again to work on my marketing campaign. I’d additionally missed curry membership on Thursday, so it was good to be again.
Since my earlier weblog, I’ve been doing numerous work on my affirmation assertion marketing campaign. Main this was a bit daunting however I used to be trying ahead to seeing the content material I’d created printed on social media and GOV.UK.
Working with the crew and utilizing the Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance, I wrote social posts for all our channels to advertise present and new content material. I did not assume this may be troublesome, however adapting my model and utilizing plain English, moderately than my regular tutorial writing model, has been a little bit of a problem.
In addition to writing for social media, I labored with digital content material supervisor Anna and our colleagues in consumer analysis to create an exterior video. The video explains the distinction between evaluate intervals and payment periods for confirmation statements.
After talking with the shopper perception crew, we discovered this was one of the crucial widespread questions our assist groups cope with. So this video ought to assist make clear this for patrons.
I’ve loved each minute of planning, creating content material and selling the marketing campaign. I’m trying ahead to the following stage – analysis.
Weekly trains to London
In addition to my stops round Wales, I’ve made a number of journeys to London. Every journey to Whitehall makes me really feel fairly necessary as I’ve had conferences at Admiralty Home and the Churchill rooms.
Final week I went to Whitehall for the internship competency coaching, wherein recruitment specialists shared some suggestions for making use of to Civil Service jobs. It was nice to study some new interview strategies and shall be very useful after I apply for graduate jobs.
I’ve additionally met with different interns to work on our group undertaking. As a part of the internship, we needed to ship a presentation on what we consider a future Authorities Communications Service (GCS) chief seems like and write another Civil Service management assertion with the GCS in thoughts.
I met with the opposite interns 2 weeks in the past to debate what traits we consider a GCS chief ought to have, we settled on:
I’ve researched the modern department of the presentation. I’ve in contrast approaches to modern management from leaders like Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, to varied authorities departments, utilizing the instance of our personal digital team’s innovation time.
After placing our slides collectively, it was time to current on the internship closing ceremony. This was held in the identical room Winston Churchill gave his speech to announce the top of World Warfare 2. As a historical past pupil I used to be very excited to be standing in that very same spot.
All our teamwork paid off and the presentation went very properly. I mentioned the significance of innovation inside the GCS and answered some difficult questions from administrators of communications throughout authorities. This allowed me to develop my public talking expertise and receiving nice suggestions from the panellists was the proper ending to the night.
Sadly, my subsequent weblog shall be my final as I return to school to complete my historical past diploma. However I can’t wait to see what’s going to occur in September as we put together for the peak filing period and I get to strive extra of the weekly cake and curries!