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Life as an intern at Speed

“What are you doing after university?” is probably one of the most common (and scariest!) questions a student gets asked towards the ends of their studies. When applying to Speed I was still slightly dazed by the prospect of leaving the student world behind and not sure where to start or what I might be good at- but the friendly approach to the Internship and the exciting explanations of all the things I would be able to try made Speed stand out from the crowd.

Once my internship began I immediately discovered that Speed has a brilliant balance of getting you stuck straight in to proper work, alongside making sure you are welcomed into office life. It’s undeniable that making the shift from university to full-time work can be incredibly scary, but the transition does get easier (yes, even the early mornings!).

Over the weeks, I’ve been able to work on real tasks for real clients. This might sound nerve-wracking, but the team are there to support you and offer advice, so it’s worth really going for it! It’s fantastic knowing that research you’ve done or documents you’ve produced are contributing to genuine work- this is extremely exciting and helps to build up your confidence, something which is incredibly useful so early into your working life.

This links to the main lesson I’ve learned which is to try everything, even the things you’ve never thought about, or can’t see yourself doing. At best you’ll find a real spark for something and a potential career path, and at the very least you’ll build up some further general knowledge of the industry you’re in!

I have particularly enjoyed the social media side of things, learning how to create content to relay a brand’s message and engage an audience, as well as research I’ve completed which has given me a wider understanding and awareness of the industry overall. For you, you might find a knack for networking or a penchant for pitching, but no matter what, you’ll definitely be able to try a variety of things!

So, a huge thanks to Speed for making my 10 weeks here so rewarding and something I’ll take with me as I step into my career. If you’re thinking about trying out an Internship check out my top tips below:

  1. Ask questions – no question is too simple when you’re new!
  2. Try everything.
  3. Seek feedback.
  4. Get involved in and out of the office if you can.
  5. Don’t worry if you don’t get things right first time.

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