Prince’s Trust: Day 33 (Wednesday 17th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short blog post from me today.

I finished the database I started yesterday as promised.

Shuaib joined me here at the publishing house and we had a chat. Low and behold about 10 minutes later we were joined by our (Team Leader) Mel. We had a general catch-up and unsurprisingly Shuaib nearly made her cry with all the good stuff he’s been doing. His supervisor has been surprised by how well he’s coped and the different things he’s done to help out others. Much like all the rest of the group, Shuaib can do anything he puts his mind to.

As I write this at the end of another long day, I’ve no idea what tomorrow has in store for me. But I’m ready for whatever task Ash and Lianne or Andre give me tomorrow.

I can go home feeling happy and fulfilled about what I’ve done today. I’ve taken regular breaks and even fitted in some writing into my lunch break (it was only 250-odd words but every little helps right). As soon as I’m home I’ll be writing more of my novel. These days I wake up feeling awake and ready to smash my target word counts. The Prince’s Trust has changed me more than I thought, and, come to think of it when I wasn’t even aware of it.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

x

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

x