I appreciated the chance to submit a YouTube application for the TMG Academy; it was a refreshing change as most other recruitment websites require you to fill out a tedious application form. Unexpectedly, I found it quite difficult to express myself on camera at first. After a few awkward and stuttering takes, I eventually felt at ease and found myself chatting away which led to my video being double the required length of four minutes. I tried to edit down the video in order to cram as much info into the four minutes as possible but this led to the application being perpetual, messy and draining. I'd definitely recommend keeping your answers short and sweet; quality, not quantity! I rerecorded the video, making sure my answers were to the point and concise, which led to an invite of an interview the following week.
I had a long journey from Hartlepool to London. Looking back, I wish I wasn't as terrified of the prospect of interview as I was that day because as soon as the interview began - all was at ease. My interview was led by Matthew Cheevers, head of travel. I'd describe the session as a chat rather than an interview. I have a genuine interest in marketing and travel so I used the opportunity to ask Matt about the industry and his department. The department is in the process of drastically expanding and implementing new strategies so that was an interesting talking point. I feel the TMG Academy is more interested in your enthusiasm and aspirations rather than holding relevant experience which is great for those like myself who are fresh out of university and have had limited opportunities since. My advice to those at interview would be to relax, smile, do your homework regarding the industry and display an actual interest in a career in the relevant area.
So, I've been here at the Telegraph for a little over a month now and I've truly loved the experience so far. The office is an exciting place to be - always something going on! It’s great to be surrounded by so many interesting and inspiring people. The job itself has proved to be challenging; it’s easy to often feel like a fish out of water but so does everyone when they are first starting out. My role has involved helping to add content onto the new Telegraph Travel website that is soon to launch. This includes sourcing the right content and imagery that would appeal to the most customers. A large part of my role also involves building some of the travel adverts that appear in the paper throughout the week. Attention to detail and speed is crucial as we often have to work to very tight deadlines. Of course, this brings on a lot of pressure but the rewarding and exhilarating feeling I get as a result is definitely worth it. Other parts of the job include helping with SEO and tagging and liaising with clients and editorial over various matters. I particularly enjoy the meetings as I get a better idea of the bigger picture of the business and we occasionally brainstorm creative ideas.
Of course, I would encourage anyone thinking about joining the TMG Academy to apply. The experience is simply priceless.