Life as a Graduate | University

Life as a Graduate

Life as a Graduate | University

 Last Thursday I did my final ever exam at university! I’M FREE! It’s terrifying.


I had the first set of ‘feels’ today – I wanted to cry on the tube whilst commuting to my work experience as I felt I was doing slave labour when all I really wanted was to snuggle up in bed, and catch up on sleep or watch Harry Potter! – It was a mini meltdown I’m telling you.
However, it’s not that bad.
I finished University on Thursday, the day after being politely dismissed from my internship over at the literary agency – which I was very sad to leave, but they’ve hired someone with more experience to do my job as they enter a busy period, understandably – but…
On Thursday during my exam I missed a phone call (thankfully my phone was off during my exam!) from a lovely lady over at Penguin Random House offering me a two-week work placement at Transworld in the publicity and marketing department!
I started Monday.
That was quick – I know! – And so far, after three days, it is going well. Although, unlike many of my friends, I have had no break.


What should have happened…what did.

Work Experience at Penguin Random House

Upon finishing my exam on Thursday, myself and a group of friends went out for a little celebratory meal – the Riot Squad! (love ‘em!) – and during the meal, I finally read my emails and learned about Penguin, so that was great. But also put a halt on my ‘recovery period’ and a ticket on the fast-lane to LIFE.
On Monday I was up at 6am – 6AM!!! – to get into London during rush hour to get from Hertfordshire to Ealing Broadway, which is at the end of the line on the Central Line. it takes me two hours to get there (if there’s no traffic/problems)…after three days I’m knackered.
It’s a really great job though!
As work experience, I haven’t actually got that much to do unless they office is busy with a large campaign or have a load of books to be sent out.
The majority of my tasks have been:
       Mailing…so much mailing (good thing I enjoy it)
       Creating Press Releases, Flyers and Showcards
       Helping authors sign pre-orders
But it has been fun, and really relaxed.  
On my first day, I got a little bottle of gin as a welcome. On my second I got bucks fizz and doughnuts at 11 am (Transworld won best publisher at the Book Baftas and they celebrated) and at lunch I got treated to fish and chips by one of the directors of publicity, as she too had one a ‘book bafta’.
Everyone is so lovely, so welcoming and kind, and they make me tea and coffee and not the other way around. I was not expecting that.

On Another Note:

As you may have noticed, I have changed my blog name and URL to EllesBellesGradBlog rather than EllesBellesStudentBlog as I am now (nearly) a graduate of university and I think it’s time I start documenting my time AFTER university!
I will keep you up to date – as best I can – as I do work experience, internships, invigilating jobs (the job from hell which pays the bills – although I have no bills, yet) and all the other wonderful/not-so-wonderful things that 18 years of full-time education does not prepare you for.
Here goes!


Love Ellie x

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