11 October 2011

Working girl...

So 9 weeks of hard PMA graft later I got a job...

In the final week while we were stressing over exams I got a random email in my inbox titled 'Employment'. Turns out it wasn't a scam/joke/virus - rather the editor of soon to be launched PA Life magazine was after a journalist and he wanted me to fill that role.

Turns out he is the fiance of the online editor at Third Sector magazine where I did my placement and he also remembered seeing my CV for another job I applied to at a magazine he used to work at. So one week later I had an interview and two hours after that - a job.

The interview was tough and I think I said some stupid things. Ialso found it slightly bizarre that I was getting interview feedback from the editor and company CEO throughout the interview. Prior to the interview I had to write a small article and come up with article ideas.

My first week I worked remotely from my parents house and then I started properly in the office on 26th September.

PA Life is as the title suggests a trade magazine aimed at PAs but also with a lifestyle edge. Think Stylist/Grazia crossed with a trade magazine. It covers a range of topics such event venues (the first feature I had to work on was the best venues in the city of London for daytime meetings - personal consensus, if you have the money the Gherkin's top two floors for breakfast meetings is just wow), technology (just finished an article on the best apps for office management) fashion and people management.

The job has also come with some amazing perks. I went to a complimentary champagne brunch at Aqua London at the weekend to review it, I've been to a couple of venue showcases which offer alcohol and canapes and I will also be attending a six course meal at a very nice hotel, while being treated to a selection of opera as I eat.

The team are absolutely lovely too - we all get on really well and go out for lunch together pretty much every day.

I feel so lucky to have got this role and I cannot thank PMA enough for teaching me to be a journalist and helping me get this role!

I hope this helps sway some people who aren't so sure about the course!

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