It's quite a mission to spend six weeks on a crash course in magazine journalism to then be thrown in at the deep end for two weeks, putting all the skills we've learnt into practice.
But I would definitely recommend it.
As I write this it's only been four days, but my time at PrintWeek has been extremely valuable.
There is no time for hesitation or doubting your ability because you have people that are relying on you to do a specific job, a job they do every day.
For instance, I have an irrational fear of the telephone. Having to chase multiple people for countless stories a day means you don't have time to think about that fear. You just have to pick up the phone and hope for the best.
I cannot say that the experience has cured my fear of the telephone. I think that is something that can only dissipate through time and practice. But it does mean I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
While I have no way of knowing how well I'm doing at my placement, the support and guidance they have given me so far has been so valuable.
I am not expecting my work to be of their normal standard. They churn out copy in the style and tone they are used to daily. But I will say that it is a huge learning curve and I'm looking forward to what more I learn next week.
I do miss my PA buddies though - only a week until we are reunited!