Prince’s Trust: Day 35 (Friday 19th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

So it’s my last day on my work placement and I’m going to reflect a fair bit on what I’ve done – please bear with me.

I’ve finished editing one of the documents that Andre sent me. For obvious reasons I still can’t talk about it, you’ll just have to wait and see. The other document I’ll edit when I have time this weekend.

Whilst I still haven’t received that email I decided I’d take the initiative and google it for myself. I found out what to do and it’ll be sorted soon.

These past two weeks have gone by so quickly and so much has happened. It’s been mental, but the good kind of mental. There’s so much that I have been taught by Ash and Andre, and yet they have also given me the space to learn things by myself because I have taken the initiative. Here’s hoping there are plenty of bosses of organisations like Ash in the world of work and throughout the book publishing industry.

It was a surprise to learn that (according to ‘The Boss’ himself, Ash), I had been instrumental in pushing for the podcasts to be made because of my enthusiasm for it. What can I say? There’s nothing better than the idea of doing something new and unknown. ┬áHere was I thinking that I had harped on and on about it too much for too long.

I’ve spent a lot of this past fortnight rolling with whatever challenges Ash, Andre and Lianne have given me. They didn’t think I was up to some of them, but I just had to prove them wrong, didn’t I? Typical Lexi behaviour.

However, it did concern me that I might not do a very good job with the editing I’ve been doing, purely because of how academic they are. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to university I worried that I’d be out of touch or out of my depth, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how well I’ve coped. As I pointed out to Ash whilst we were at lunch earlier today, there is a lot to be said for people who choose this industry – in particular those who write books for a living (fiction and non-fiction). The dedication, commitment to see the project all the way to the end, the focus, the time and effort that goes into such a large size project are all transferrable skills. It is mindboggling when companies tell me that they aren’t interested in what I have to offer in terms of skills, that I don’t have enough experience, or just not interested in me in general. If you want to be proved wrong just ask Ash, Andre and Lianne for the proof.

What do I have to say about Ash, Andre and Lianne?

First of all, it would be rude not to say thank you for letting me do work experience with you. I am grateful to you for the opportunity and I am glad you have allowed me to play my part and help out, albeit my role has been relatively minor considering. These three people are very understanding, kind and very relaxed which is ironic considering how busy they are and the fact they are (amongst other things) a part of the publishing industry. The working environment they create isn’t strict and there is the freedom to take the initiative whenever you so wish.

I have promised that should they ever require me to help out with more editing, I am more than willing. Why not?! Life is too short to pass up opportunities like this. This won’t be the last day I come back here. The door is always open, so I’ve been told.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 34 (Tuesday 18th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Whilst I was waiting for ‘The Boss’ (Lianne jokey nickname for Ash) to get back to base, I sat and wrote another 200 words or so of the novel. It is getting there. Currently, I am adding little bits to the characters’ personalities so they become more rounded characters in the reader’s eye – to the point that you could meet them in real life. To be honest, I have met them because they include little smidges of all the people I know and have met. They are dotted about in each of the characters.

I only did this until Andre replied to my email with work he wanted me to do. He’s asked me to do some more editing. It’s going well, that’s all I can say. If you want to know what I’ve done, you’ll have to wait until they are happy with it and it has been released as part of a whole.

Ash and Lianne have asked me to do some social media stuff, I’m still awaiting the instructions of what to do. Undoubtedly, I may have to use my initiative and google what to do but that’s not a problem.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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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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