August 16, 2018
The end of August is fast approaching and with it comes the end of my time as an intern at Finn Partners’ London office. I have spent close to three months working here and witnessed the growth of cygnets and coot chicks on the neighbouring Regent’s Canal, turned 20 years old, and endured my daily bicycle commute during the hottest UK summer since 1976. Now it’s time for me to leave Finn and resume my studies in London, but what I have learned and experienced has been invaluable.
Truth be told, at the beginning, the office scared me; I had not worked in such an environment before. The normally quiet open-plan office filled me with anxiety that everything I did and every noise I made was being heavily scrutinised by those around me.
That pales in comparison to the greater challenges I faced on starting - those being not having a firm understanding of what business-to-business (B2B) public relations actually entailed and being given the immediate freedom and daunting responsibility of independent work. This twofold predicament I found myself in required both adaptability and flexibility to deal with and overcome.
Often, it’s easy to look back on the past and think that things weren’t as difficult as they seemed, once you’re in a position where you feel comfortable. That’s how this period feels now. The immersion into unfamiliar fields of work helped me pick up and feel fairly confident in writing blog posts, articles, social media posts and a variety of other work.
It has been a delight to work alongside the incredibly versatile, diverse and, most importantly, friendly employees of Finn. The innumerable skills learned have left me feeling far more competent in the professional world of work – something that will no doubt aid me when I graduate and look towards the next steps in my career.
For interns coming to work for Finn, I have only three pieces of advice:
- Take each opportunity as it comes – accept any and all work that you are offered: it broadens your experiences and the areas you get to work in. That way, your internship experience will be far more valuable. What’s more, variety in your work makes it a lot more interesting
- Keep an open mind – taking on tasks and different bits of work may seem daunting, but diving in with an open, interested, and perceptive view can help you complete pieces of work you would have never thought you’d be doing at the start
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – you may be worried about asking stupid questions - or too many questions - but asking can help you gain a deeper understanding of the task at hand. There are few things worse than finishing a piece of work only to find out that what you’ve produced isn’t particularly relevant due to a misunderstanding.
To stay open-minded and on your toes can be difficult but it is important to accept new work as quickly as possible and balance your tasks and time management effectively. It may sound trite, but things become clichéd for valid reasons - the more you put into your experience, the more you’ll get out of it.
As sad as I am now to be leaving Finn Partners, I am as excited to resume my studies and continue my journey – and, who knows, I may find myself back in the B2B PR world before I know it!