I’ll confess that at the start of the week I was a bit nervous about my internship with Scotcampus. It’s been a long time since I wrote anything non-fiction and I was worried I’d be too rusty to be any good. ‘Away and make the tea’ was, in all honesty, what I was worried I’d be relegated to. And there’s nothing wrong with that – I make a great cuppa and arguably the world’s best coffee (seriously though) – but I was hoping for some good ol’ fashioned work experience. And that’s exactly what I got.
From the get go Aileen had me writing all sorts of articles and doing research for features. In at the deep end, in other words, but in the best possible way. My days have been filled with the proper office experience – writing, reading, reclining chairs and discussing the news over our PC screens – and having spent the past year self-employed and working from home it’s been great to remind myself about office dynamics as well as gaining more experience. I found that writing columns and articles came back to me easily and if anything I quite fancy going back to uni to have another crack at those journalism assignments.
On our jaunts out of the office we got to see the public face of Scotcampus, shadowing Craig as he headed from campus to campus advertising the fantastic Futures Fest. Having heard him sell this cool, engaging job-fair-with-an-edge to students so much I’m totally hooked and I know I’ll be heading along to try my hand at nabbing a new job. Both Craig and Aileen are really laid-back bosses and made us feel like equal members of the team from day one, giving us free reign to come up with our own ideas and crack on with them ourselves.
The main thing I’ve learned (aside from how to drop my book launch into almost every article I’ve written) at Scotcampus is that the whole team works extremely hard to engage with students, they have an insatiable appetite for cakes and they have a staircase that’ll knock the breath from your lungs and your knees out from under you. I would recommend an internship here not just for the great conversation and cream buns, though – Scotcampus really know what they’re doing and they’ll do their hardest to help you out with whatever you want to do as well. My articles might have been varied, controversial, and written in a flash, but they’ve been the result of a great environment, encouragement and the opportunity to show how hard I can work.