Hello, I’m Harry, the new PR Account Executive at Balls2 Marketing. I’ve just finished my first week in the job and despite it being a rather unusual week I’ve enjoyed it so far, and I’m excited to get stuck into what’s next.
Last June, I graduated from the University of Derby in Specialist Sports Journalism. The course taught me a range of skills, from print to digital, which helped prepare me for several areas in the media industry. The dream for me was always to be a sportswriter, but when I studied a PR module at university it opened another route for me, which I chose to go down after graduating.
I wanted to write this blog to introduce myself and let you know how I’ve got on in my first week in the job.
After a successful interview process, I was excited and ready to make the move back up to Derby from my native West Country to kick off my career in the PR industry. That was until my dad’s car broke down, which is the fourth time this has happened on our way to Derby. Sorry Dad!
Thanks to a bit of nagging from my mum, my brother reluctantly offered to take me and after cramming all my stuff into the back of his van, we were on the road. The move didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped, but we got there and I was all unpacked and tucked into bed on Sunday night, ready to start my new job on Monday.
Filled with a mixture of nerves and excitement, I began my first day and was immediately introduced to the team and made to feel welcome. Due to the sudden announcement of the lockdown, the team were busy organising crisis strategies for clients, so my first two days were spent doing some online learning and picking up some valuable skills, like how to write press releases.
Wednesday felt like my first proper day as I was putting all the things I’d learned into practice. I was shown how the social media process works for our clients and how we thoroughly check every account that we manage and control. Also, I was tasked with researching a bit about our clients, who I will be working closely with in my role as PR Account Executive, so it was good to know a bit more about them and how they operate.
Thursday was very specific to the PR side of my job and I was given the task of writing my first press release for a client. I very much enjoyed the challenge and eventually managed to navigate my way through the technical language within the glazing industry, to complete the task. Then, I was asked to write a few posts for the Balls2 Marketing social media pages, ready for publishing on Friday.
On Friday, my day consisted of a process meeting to show me how everything we do, from social media to blog posts, has a clear map to follow. I finished my day by completing my Agility training, which is the database we use to discover and build contacts, as well as monitor press coverage.
Despite it being a rocky start to the week, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far and been made to feel welcome, which has been nice. I’m now excited to kick on and establish myself as part of the team.