Jashana Fleary, Human Resources
I had the opportunity of working with the Human Resources department for my one week work experience here at The Telegraph. Of course the experience was initially nerve wracking, which meant that it took me a while to find my voice. Once I did it was all smiles! Despite this, the HR team greeted me with warm welcomes and I found that I almost instantly fit in and was taken care of.
They were all very bubbly, happy people which was a surprise to me as I had predetermined grumpy, busy and stressed out adults. My Supervisor during the course of this placement was Shelley Rai although one of the days was spent doing some work for Sam Morris. She had ensured that I would gain all the experience possible squished into the space of five days. I had completed tasks such as uploading apprenticeship and internship opportunities available on GoThinkBig and posting courses on Itrent (which is a HR information system). One of the highlights during my week here, was getting the chance to attend a course with Adam Tinworth , a lecturer and journalist, called ‘Writing for the Web’.
This course was all about online journalism and learning how to write in a style that is appealing to a reader online. Honestly, me being a teenager, I had already assumed I knew all there was to know about social media but Adam definitely introduced me to a whole new perspective of the web. One of the things I learnt was a strategy to do with comments called 90:9:1. This means then when you write an article, and receive comments, it is seen that, 90% of people who have read it will just read it, 9% of people will participate in either commenting or sharing this post and 1% will leave a comment of some sort, sometimes being a troll and the comment being negative. I had never considered the depth of something as simple as a comment.
Handling apprenticeships and internships was a big part of my week. It not only increased my understanding of what the Academy as a whole has to offer but also helped me to visualise what I really want in my future career. Showing me how to apply and what the different opportunities consisted of. I think this has definitely persuaded me to apply for an internship over the next year or so.
Coming towards the end of my week, I was given the chance to interview a newly assigned intern. Her name was Sara and she is the new Online Fashion Intern. I was incredibly nervous as I had never interviewed anyone before. I felt very uneasy about asking questions like a professional journalist to someone who is much older and more experienced. However, after realising how nice she was I calmed down and proceeded to find out what I wanted to know. I was asking questions of my choice in order to broaden and increase my current understanding of what it takes to break into the media industry.
By the end I was glad I had gone through with it. It was a great opportunity to have a conversation with someone I would’ve probably never had the chance to encounter with. She told me about rejection and how “everyone has to deal with it” and that the only thing you can do is “keep trying”. Also about confidence and even if you don’t believe you can get something or do something, go for it anyway because “you never know what could happen”. This was the advice that I was really seeking because I tend to doubt my self and my ability.
Overall, working at The Telegraph has been amazing. It has been eye opening to see what I thought was just a newspaper was actually an entire group of varied journalists with such talent. They are definitely more of a Media Group than a newspaper as the newspaper is one aspect but behind all of that, they deal with a lot of production and projects benefitting people interested in what they do. Not to mention all the other departments that supports the production of the paper. It’s sad that it only lasted a week because I enjoyed it so much. If you are looking to apply for work experience at The Telegraph…do it! Do it now!