When I began my PRCA apprenticeship with Quantum PR in July 2015, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Leaving school and walking straight into work was a little daunting, but it was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Having studied Media at school, I knew that I wanted to start a career that involved working with the media and found the apprenticeship opportunity online. A career in PR seemed perfect for me because of the range of job roles involved and the variety of people I’d be working with, and I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to become Quantum’s first apprentice in June 2015.
My apprenticeship has been varied and exciting, and I have had the chance to work with a number of different people, from colleagues to clients to members of the public. I have gained experience working on different accounts and have helped to boost the output of many of our clients’ social media channels, as well as contributing to copy for newsletters, websites and reports, and helping to organise events.
One thing that my apprenticeship has taught me is that PR is definitely not all about press releases.
Throughout my 15 month apprenticeship, I’ve also been working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Public Relations with the PRCA. I’ve now completed my coursework, which has taught me lots about the background and processes of PR that I’m hoping will help me in my future career. I’ve also been involved in training sessions and online webinars which have given me valuable of information about the industry.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet regularly with my PRCA mentor, Sue Buckle, who has offered plenty of support and advice along the way, and it’s fantastic to finally see my coursework progress bar reach 100%!
My time as the Quantum Apprentice has absolutely flown by and I’ve learnt so many new skills that I’m sure will help me throughout my career. It’s been wonderful working with such a talented team of individuals and I’m grateful for all the advice they’ve given me, as well as the opportunities and experience I’ve gained from my time here.
I’m delighted to have been offered a permanent position with the company, and will be working as an Account Executive from the beginning of November. The work I will be undertaking won’t be dissimilar to the roles I have been completing throughout the past 15 months, but I’m looking forward to taking on more responsibility and learning more about industry best practice and Quantum’s clients.