THE STONE JUNCTION EXPERIENCE
16th September, 2019
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I found Stone Junction after looking at a list of the best 100 employers in Staffordshire. I wanted to understand what PR work entailed and I thought that a summer placement in an award-winning agency might be the right place to find this out. During my time, I got the ins and outs of what working as an account executive at Stone Junction is really like.
Here Holly Packham, temporary account executive at Stone Junction, shares her experiences from her two-month summer placement.
To my surprise, my placement encompassed all the day-to-day activities of a typical PR account executive. Instead of making cups of tea and coffee I was issuing and pitching features to journalists, drafting and scheduling social media content, analyzing media coverage and writing articles. Another great experience was going to a video shoot for a client, which gave me an insight into another area of PR.
Due to the agency’s specialist nature, I have also learnt about technology, from the robotics used at major sporting events to the equipment used when retrofitting sensors to legacy equipment in manufacturing plants. As an English student with no prior experience of engineering, I was apprehensive about the technical nature of the role. However, training from colleagues as well as research has broadened my understanding and proved that I can adapt my skill set to the world of technical PR.
Working very closely with one team, but also across all teams in the company, gave me an insight into the different clients Stone Junction has and a good understanding of the different roles my colleagues were doing as part of their jobs. I am ending my placement with a much better understanding of PR careers, as well as understanding the differences between in-house and agency PR.
As I go into my third year at the University of Birmingham, my Stone Junction experience will be reflected on in one of my modules. The placement module, which I would not have taken without Stone Junction, helps English students work towards a career in business. This includes undertaking a work placement and reflecting on their experiences in essay and presentation forms. One of my main takeaways is how much my writing skills have developed from in-depth feedback on my written content. As an English student, this could easily benefit my essays and hopefully improve my marks.
More of a personal takeaway is the importance of working in a cohesive team and a happy work environment. From my first day, everyone welcomed me as part of their team and showed me the importance of loving your job and enjoying spending time with the people, you work with.
Stone Junction offer great internship opportunities — and it’s not just tea making and it’s definitely not unpaid! If my blog post has piqued your interest, why not apply for a position? Stone Junction is recruiting for both account executives and experienced PR people. If you would like more information about working with these friendly people contact firstname.lastname@example.org.