Prince’s Trust: Day 29 (Wednesday 10th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Today, I did my editing from the comfort of the local school’s hub, located up the street and around the corner from where I’m doing my work placement. Shuaib (another member of Team 125) is doing is work placement at the school, so we got to have a little chat while we worked. Albeit through a wall and around a doorframe or two.

My supervisor (Ash) and his colleague (Andre) went up to Manchester for a meeting about Friday. They sent me to the school probably for the company.

At lunchtime, I got to feed one of the lambs with two members of staff and Shuaib.

After lunchtime, I carried on with the editing and later I realised that our Team Leader (Kelly), would be gatecrashing (inside joke) to see what we’re doing and also if we were enjoying what we’re doing. I had a feeling she would be coming to visit when she started dropping hints on social media, saying how much the other team members were enjoying their work placements. My thoughts were confirmed when I heard her voice through the wall talking to staff and Shuaib in the other room.

When I finally got chance to talk to her, we had a long chat. I told her that I was getting a brain workout and probably fried my own brain at some point. It’s what happens when I work too hard (it makes my mum worry). Having said that, I did not come to the publishers for an easy ride with my academic background, and having to edit what I have been asked to is what I was expecting. The only downside, is that my brain is not quite used to it since I graduated nearly two years ago (in two months). As a result, I have had to make extra effort to focus and because it’s academic work and I need to look at it from a skills perspective.

Being an English grad, there are only a few things that irk me. One is dodgy English, two is bad grammar, and the third is bad spelling. All are crimes against humanity. I have encountered them all. I have also been warned about the dodgy footnotes in some of the stuff I’ve been editing. I’m expecting Karma tomorrow (even though I don’t really believe in it) in the form of footnotes. I’m just waiting for it to come and bite me on the bottom.

Have I told you how excited I am about the podcast on Friday? I’ll be producing it and although it’s all new to me I genuinely cannot wait to start. My job is also to find out about the software and inform Ash and Andre about how it works and how to use it. As they are blokes, I’ll have to show them rather than tell them. It’s exciting stuff and they are two really great blokes.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 17 (Thursday 20th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Kelly and Mel always say you can never fully predict what will happen that day when you turn up at the base (no, I’m still not naming it) at 9am every morning. It could not be more true than what happened today – I’ll get onto that in a bit. Most likely, you probably won’t even believe me.

We turned up at our fundraising event at Tally Ho (don’t ask- it’s too posh a phrase even for me) unfortunately with less cakes than we thought we’d have and raised less money than we had set as a target. Our target for the fundraiser was £200-£400 but ended up around the £140 mark. Coupled together with the lack of interest as we moved around from place to place across the city made for a disappointing start to the day. To have ensured its complete success, as a Team we should have sat down and discussed what we wanted to do. In saying this, I take full responsibility for my share of the disappointment due to the lack of success with our fundraising event.

The afternoon came as a welcome and refreshing end to the day. The project leader for the next two weeks, suggested that we give the rest of the cakes (in exchange for a donation, of course!) to someone worthwhile. We hopped on a bus and headed out of the city and ended up meeting this person (out of respect I won’t name said individual publicly nor the place we went to) who asked us if we would walk their lambs home. I can just hear the punny jokes. Sorry but Mum already beat you to it with her ‘sheep walking’ joke (thanks for that Mum). We walked their lambs home, gave them a bottle, cuddled a hedgehog, a chinchilla, two lizards and met a couple of cockroaches. I know right, you and me both! If you feel the need to read this paragraph again, go ahead, I won’t blame you.

The day ended with a 3km walk to get home. Every day this week I have walked between 6km and 9km. I’m not complaining as I both enjoy and need the exercise.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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