Day 2 of the Leeds Met open day weekend also went swimmingly! I spent time getting to know some really impressive students applying to come here, which was such a pleasant surprise. Really the type of young go getters that I’m sure will go far in this field; pro active is definitely a huge positive for PR! I also really enjoyed working, networking and socialising with students from second and final year PR, who gave me some great advice, which was very kind indeed. Not only did I really enjoy representing the degree and the uni over the course of the weekend but I got to earn money, gain a portfolio item, a couple of free lunches and a Leeds Met hoodie! Result. Such fun!
Following from this, as well as the usual uni and work commitments I’ve been working on our pitch for the Two Birds One Stone student apprentice for King of Shaves, again, very exciting! This afternoon Jonny, Ben and I met with Becky from Magpie Comms who is acting as our group mentor. She listened to our ideas and gave her opinions, feedback and advice, which really gave us the confirmation of the direction we would like to take for this. We now have a few days to cement our campaign into a presentation and prepare prepare prepare! To ensure we are perfect by pitch time on Friday. I thought by this stage of the process I would be a nervous wreck but actually my feelings are leaning more toward excitement than apprehension, I can’t wait for them to hear our ideas, and hopefully want them, and want us!
As I say “busy little bee” after all of this I attended the CIPR guest lecture at uni. Today I thought was a brilliant presentation from CIPR award winner Claire Davis who currently works at Turn Key as head of PR, based in Leeds. She had a lovely story to tell, regarding their involvement with the ongoing Eastgate Quarters retail project in the city centre. A real insight to an actual public relations campaign and the work that is involved, she discussed her media links, event management, crisis management amongst a whole host of other interesting tasks that come with the exciting world of agency based PR! Plus it’s always of interest to hear of positive stories happening that are relevant, being a Leeds lass I loved to gain information about this campaign and all of the amazing opportunities that this project is bringing to our city. I look forward to yet more excuses to go shopping. Go Turn Key!