We’re a friendly bunch, and like to encourage people to join us for work experience placements and internships wherever possible. In fact, it’s our aim to have at least one intern working with us at all times. It means they get some help in making career decisions and a chance to experience first-hand what the world of PR is like, and on the flip side, we get a little bit of help with our work where needed! Work experience should never be about doing the tea runs. It’s only by letting our interns do real, interesting work for us that they’ll learn whether PR is a career they might want to pursue. We asked Charlie Menage about his time at Speed and what he’ll take away from his placement with us.
1) What have you learnt in your time at Speed?
I’ve learnt so much about social media during my time at Speed. I didn’t even have a Twitter account before I arrived here but now I know how to retweet and what a hash tag is! Now that I know how it works, I realise that Twitter is an incredibly powerful social tool in the PR industry and a valuable means by which to engage in two-way conversation (and not forgetting a great way to stalk my sporting heroes).
2) Have your experiences here made you consider a career in PR?
Yes, definitely. I can see that this is an industry in which you need to be an excellent communicator and you need to have people skills. If you can get on well with your clients and colleagues, then there is a decent chance that you can do well in PR. At the end of the day, it’s a people’s business, driven by networking and building relationships. Oh, and it’s also a lot of fun!
3) What have you enjoyed the most about Speed?
It sounds cheesy, but it’s my colleagues that have made it such an enjoyable experience. I’ve been made to feel so welcome since I’ve been here and I’ve been taught a lot about life in PR. From what I’ve seen in my short time here, Speed is a really cool company to work for and there’s a great vibe in the office, which is so important. Hope to see you again at some point!
So if you want to bolster your experience in the workplace and think you’ve got what it takes to work in a fast-paced agency in the heart of London for a couple of weeks or even a month, please do get in touch with Jo Shapter!