Three weeks ago I joined the Mayor’s Press Office as one of the Greater London Authority’s Apprentices for 2013. With a mix of ambition, excitement and apprehension, I instinctively knew on my first day it would be the start of much bigger things to come.
I discovered the position through the National Apprenticeship website and I distinctly remember being astounded and excited that the GLA were involved. The chance to work in such an organisation and to have this experience on my CV would be invaluable, so I had to bite the bullet and apply.
Working in the Press Office, I have come to see quickly that no two days are the same. We have to be responsive, on the ball and exceptionally hardworking. It has always been my ambition to train as a press officer, and the skills I’m developing in this role will definitely provide the building blocks for my long term career goals.
So far, I have attended press interviews with the Mayor, press conferences, helped to organise press releases for local newspapers and currently, am working on preparations for the Mayor’s Media Reception. Looking at how far I’ve come already, I am excited to see where I’ll be in twelve months time!
I’m particularly looking forward to building up enough accuracy and confidence to write a press release and then being rewarded on my journey home when I see that my release has been used for a newspaper article.
Kayleigh S. is one of the ‘lucky sixteen’ apprentices working within the Greater London Authority and London Assembly. Read Agnieszka’s introductory blog to learn more about the scheme.