As I’ve been out of blogging for a while I’m posting about something that happened quite a bit ago. But it’s still relevant. I think.
In January/February this year I spent six weeks working at a social media company where I got to write lots of blog posts for clients and even got my own client to work with. So I got to spend six weeks feeling totally cool and grown up with my own desk. Here are five of the things I learned from this great experience:
1. I find the easiest tasks the hardest
While on my placement I was able to write blog posts without lots of guidance, do lots of research and create WordPress blogs. What I was not able to do was use the hole punch I was given on my first day. Being asked to hole punch a paper guide to put in a folder was one of the most daunting tasks I have been given. The unusual fancy hole punching contraption they put in front of me left me baffled for about five minutes, worrying what awful paper-based disasters could occur. No one wants to end up shredding their chances of succeeding at their placement by monstrously destroying something on their first day.
2. People in offices drink lots of tea
Office culture is often depicted on television by a smart suited person with a hot drink at hand, which isn’t far from the truth. While on my placement I was greeted by shocked faces when I said that I didn’t drink tea or coffee, and was encouraged to take part in this vital aspect of office culture. I didn’t drink one hot drink on my placement, which probably means I’m not quite ready for the workplace yet. Ah well, I’ve got a year to brush up on my tea drinking skills.
3. Following someone on Twitter isn’t creepy
Being at a social media company meant that I learnt a lot about different social media websites and how to use them. Years ago I used to use Twitter to keep in contact with my blogging friends but never followed anyone who I hadn’t had previous contact with. When people say follow I immediately imagine being dressed in black and tailing someone on their way home through a creepy forest. I also imagine myself to have a Chuckle-brother-style moustache with an added dose of stalker. On my placement I was told that was not the case, and following someone isn’t a big commitment. So no having to split all my assets when I click the ‘unfollow’ button. Follow me on Twitter @Amzy_G. I’ll follow back as long as I can’t see you peering through my curtains!
4. Binding machines are evil
You know when people say searching for a needle in a haystack is hard?? Try putting paper in a binding comb. You’ll be quick to run for that haystack…
5. Lots of fancy important stuff
As well as all these silly little life things, I also learned how to use social media for business, how to improve my writing and also how to use lots of cool tools. And I can also put this amazing experience on my CV.
All in all it was a great experience, and I was really lucky to get to work at a place made up of genuinely nice people. It was also lucky that I’ve had an advance warning about the evil nature of binding machines. So I can avoid them at all costs.