Back from work experience, and Christmas decorations

Firstly, apologies for being shoddily late posting this entry - what with my work experience taking up loads of time and being generally too shattered of a night to work on this, plus then coming home and all the madness of getting ready for Christmas. Must do better next year.

So, to discuss. The agency I went to is fairly small, but they have a few big clients including an energy company and a mobile phone provider (I won't name names for confidentiality's sake) so it was a nice mix. I feel like I learnt a lot about things like tone of voice for different brands - I've become so used to writing in a very corporate, back-watching way, and it was nice to break away from that a little and be a bit more informal and play around with the language I used a bit more - and about writing for different media like text messages and email newsletters as well as more traditional posters and letters. One thing I do have to say though is that the staff were lovely, particularly the creative team on my floor who made me feel really welcome and part of the team even though I was only there a short time.

I had a meeting with the creative director on my last morning and got some great feedback, plus an invitation to come back in the spring when I move down there for good and the offer that they'd try to get me on some copywriting courses to develop further. So that's very promising, but obviously I'm not going to put my job hunt on hold just in case. A friend has sent me details of a couple of small but decently-paid jobs in central London, one of which is very close to what I do now, so I'm going to work on my applications for those over the Christmas period and hopefully get an interview.

I also think I got a good taste of what it's going to be like actually living in London and dealing with the commute (actually not that horrific, and walkable in the summer, but obviously that might change if I end up working somewhere less easy to get to). Because I've only ever been there for weekends before, and not braved central London that much, it was good to get an idea of what it's going to be like when I'm there permanently. Which was 'busy, but not in an awful way', although the novelty of having stuff to do might wear off after a few months.

However, in a slightly soppy way, one of the things I really missed about being away from home for two weeks was getting ready for Christmas, particularly putting up the Christmas tree. We are one of those families whose Christmas decorations have been collected over the last thirty years or so of family life, but which get added to in some shape or form every year - everything from the kitsch (a model of the Bijou Theatre from It's A Wonderful Life that you put a fairy light in) to the beautiful (glass Nativity scene) to the sentimental (decorations my sisters and I made at school) to the utterly random (a Kiwi with angel wings and halo). It was incredibly surreal coming home on Sunday to find the house decorated, because that's something I'd do with my family, and it also made me a bit sad thinking that when I do move away I'll have to do all that stuff myself and start a new tree from scratch. This will probably be the last Christmas I'll be at home rather than travelling to visit my family on my own, and whilst I'm trying to think positive it feels a bit like I'm not the baby any more and I'm a proper grown-up. Oh well, onwards and upwards.

Have a lovely Christmas and I hope Father Christmas brings you what you wished for.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like it was a success, I hope it leads you to good things.

    I watched It's a Wonderful Life for the first time ever last night and loved it so that ornament you mentioned sounds gorgeous!

    Being a grown-up sucks. Having said that, I've spent the last week shouting out at work how many sleeps it is till Christmas!

    Merry Christms Min, hope you have a good one x

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