Izzy explains why she chose to do work experience with us
Hi, I'm Izzy and I have very kindly been given the opportunity to spend the next two weeks doing work experience with the communications and marketing team at Epilepsy Society.
Over the last year or so, I have been questioning which career path would best suit me and how I would secure a permanent role having zero experience in any job outside of hospitality.
I am currently finishing my Masters in Film and Screen Cultures at the University of Roehampton. I would say that finding any form of work experience, especially when it comes to applying for jobs and internships, is especially difficult as a graduate.
Responses were usually along the lines of "you don't have enough experience in media and marketing" or "you show no signs of being interested in Media and Communications as your LinkedIn profile literally says you're in a different industry."
Throughout my time at University, I spent my three month summers working in a care home that specialised in providing facilities for those with mild to more severe dementia; beforehand, I was also trained as a carer for a door to door care service.
At the care home, I joined the Activities team, entertaining the residents on a day to day basis. This included my team leader encouraging me to play the piano for them all too. I mentioned to them in passing that I played the piano and it somehow became a regular activity.
I was never sure whether the residents enjoyed it but it at least gave my team a chance to have a cup of tea!
With my experience in care and an interest in social media, this opportunity at Epilepsy Society combines two different passions of miner, as well as giving me an insight into life at an office.
I am really looking forward to being challenged and learn new skills in a role that I have not experienced before and cannot wait to learn more about Epilepsy Society. I might have been in higher education for three or so years but I've learned that it really isn't down to how much of Henry Jenkins' novel on Convergence Culture you can recite in an essay; at the end of the day, it is about putting the theory into practise.
I cannot thank the Communications and Marketing team at Epilepsy Society enough for giving me this opportunity to learn more about a role in communications.