Hi, I’m James 👋, a third-year Journalism student at Leeds Beckett University. I’ve been at Pace for the past week, learning what life is like at a marketing agency, as well as a great deal from each and every member of staff. They’re all brilliant and a credit to the business.
Before I talk more about Pace though, a bit about me. Being a third-year university student means dissertation stress is huge (if you know, you know!). During the few moments of downtime I get, I’m a big football fan and in particular, a big Liverpool fan – I can finally say that aloud!
What made you choose work experience at Pace?
I applied for work experience at Pace so I could get an insight into the world of PR and marketing. I wanted to learn more about the marketing industry because, at some point in the fast-approaching future, I will need to choose which direction to take my career.
I feel like I’m at a bit of a crossroads currently – deciding which career path to take: Journalism? PR? Marketing? Something else?
I’ve been given the opportunity to see one of my options from the inside, and it’s been really beneficial.
What did you get up to?
While being with the Pace team over the past week, I’ve been given insights into all the different facets of the business. From seeing first hand how the accounts are managed and how different each account can be to the level of detail the creative team put into their work (trust me, it’s mind-boggling), I’ve been able to get a feel for what everybody in the business gets up to.
Arriving on the first day at any new environment is always nerve-racking, however, after dodging the not-so-scary office guard dog, Tilly; I was warmly welcomed by Beckie, who introduced me to the rest of the team.
Once, I was set up, I spent my first couple of days going on ‘speed dates’ with members of different departments, which allowed me to see exactly how everyone worked and what they were up to.
After meeting the amazing PR team, namely Natalie and Hannah, they set me loose researching and writing articles for clients. While receiving constant feedback on what I produced, I feel I was able to successfully alter my writing style from what is suitable in the world of journalism to what is required from a PR perspective. Both Hannah and Natalie were really helpful in doing this.
Have you enjoyed your week here?
Have I enjoyed working at Pace? I haven’t, I’ve loved it!
From the moment I walked in, I’ve felt so welcome and now I don’t want to leave. But who knows, if an opportunity opens up to make a full-time return, I know for sure I’ll be applying!
So to sign this off, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for having me and for giving me an insight into your world of Pace and PR.