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Wait, those in charge actually want me to succeed?!

Written by Shona Radcliffe

July 20, 2020

If we haven’t formally been introduced, hey! I’m Shona, the non-Scottish half of The Grad Soc’s two Content Gurus. I’m currently six weeks into what is meant to be an eight week internship, but it’s amusing that Claudia and George think they’ll be able get rid of me when the eight weeks are over! 

Who, What, When?

I’m a Fashion Communication student, who is (hopefully) entering her third and final year of uni in September, and only slightly shitting herself about it. Throughout the duration of my degree I’ve picked up a lot of creative skills like branding, graphic design, video editing and much more, but I was dead keen to learn more about the business/marketing side of things… enter The Grad Soc!

Fashionably Late

I came across The Grad Soc on LinkedIn, as I’m sure many of you have, and I stumbled across a post advertising an available role for a Marketing Intern. Skip forward a week to submitting my ‘not an application form’ and being late to the Zoom call where they told me I got the job, I was officially part of the Grad Soc team.

Day to day I’m involved in many different things, from creating marketing campaigns to editing our Tuesday Turn Up videos, and no two days are the same. What’s crazy to me and struck me from week one was the sheer fact that George and Claudia actually give a shit. I’ve completed many different work experience roles and placements here and there over the past few years, but until now I’ve never been in a role where I feel as though those in charge actually want me to succeed, and have provided the guidance and skills for me to do so. 

A couple of months ago when I was spending hours on each internship application with no avail I wouldn’t have believed that by the end of July I’d have hosted two webinars to paying guests, co-created a marketing campaign, recorded weekly podcasts and most importantly be part of such a positive work environment with big plans for the future.

Who actually knows what they want to do?

What makes The Grad Soc so different is the genuine passion for learning and inspiring, something which to be honest universities quite often lack. We have new conversations every day about how to involve students in something bigger, and how to get everyone excited for the uncertainty that lies ahead. Even from Claudia and George themselves I am reassured that it doesn’t really matter what you did at uni or even for the years after, you can decide at any moment to reconsider what the fuck you want to do, and we’re here to help you figure that out and provide you with the skills to actually do something about it.

My experience so far has taught me that good things can come along when you least expect them, and when an opportunity presents itself to you, grab it with both hands and don’t let go, you never know where it can take you.

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