How and why did you decide to go into communications?
Like many people, I was unsure on what I wanted to do after finishing university, and graduating during a pandemic made my future even more uncertain. After some research, I came across communications and it felt like the perfect fit. I consider myself to be a social person, so the opportunity to work in a fast-paced team environment and develop relationships with colleagues, clients, and journalists excited me. As a history graduate, I also enjoy the independent element of research and writing. Whilst working in communications I have been able to combine the use my sometimes-polarising skill sets.
How have you found hybrid working over the last few months?
Since moving to London in January I have really enjoyed the flexibility of hybrid working. For the first few months I found being in the office vital to my training and development. It is so much easier to communicate in person, by being able to ask quick questions and learn first-hand from my colleagues something which can be difficult over teams. As with any new job it is important to build relationships with the people you work with, being in the office has made it so much easier to get to know my colleagues and build friendships. Although, I do still appreciate the ability to work from home two days a week. Remote working has made it much easier for me to visit Cardiff on the weekends. It certainly takes the pressure off when traveling down and trying to squeeze seeing all my friends and family into just two days!
What areas or trends interests you the most at this time?
The divestment vs. engagement debate is a conversation that has really captured my interest lately. ESG themes are on the top of everyone’s minds and what we, as individuals can do, is increasingly important. Placing pressure on firms to either divest or engage with companies has proven successful, however experts disagree on which strategy is most effective for garnering change. I see merits in both approaches and it is a topic I am following very closely.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love yoga, I attend at least two classes a week if not more and try to practice most days. I usually like to practice in the evening before I sleep, as I find it really helps me to wind down and relax from busy London life! I have also recently joined a netball team in Brixton. I have really missed playing team sports since graduating and have been a keen netballer throughout school and university. As a historian, I also love visiting the many amazing museums London has to offer, my favourite has to be the V&A.
Tell us about the last book you read or the last podcast you listened to?
The last book I read was Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. This is the first book I have read by the author, and it was fantastic. Murakami is a beautiful writer and in Norwegian Wood pays homage to another favourite book of mine, the Great Gatsby. The story follows that of the protagonist Toru Watanbe during his student days in Tokyo. The novel deals with some heavy themes, however it sends a positive message in that we must keep going. My favourite line from the book is “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Name one goal, professional or personal, you have set yourself for the next 12 months
I have recently signed myself up to complete the Investment Management Certificate and have been studying ahead of my exams later this year. Having no previous finance experience, I wanted to further my knowledge and understand the topics and campaigns I have been working on. It has been difficult fitting studying around working and my hobbies however I enjoy being busy and have a competitive nature, so I like a challenge!