• Freya Stevens

Looking back on my Summer Work Experience with The Brady Creative...

Where do I begin…

As some of you may know, I have been working at The Brady Creative this summer.

My goal was to learn and try as many different things to see what I liked and was good at.

As summer comes to an end, it seems like the perfect time to share what I have learnt. Not only have I learnt many practical things and things about myself, I have also got a few tips that I would like to share from my experience.

👩🏽‍🎓 So if you are a student like me this could help you...

No.1 - When going for an interview it is as much a chance for you to get to know them as it is for them to get to know you.

Ask yourself - Can I see myself working here? 🤔

I have found that feeling comfortable in my working environment helps me to perform better. From my first call with Hannah I knew we would get on well.

The dynamic at The Brady Creative is really special, and I felt like part of the team straight away.

At the interview, be yourself and be honest in your abilities.

If you want to be yourself when you are working there, let them interview your best self and not the person you think they want. This way when you get the job you know that you got it by being yourself. You may also be wrong about who you think they want.

For example you may assume they want someone confident and serious so this is how you try to act. But turns out they are looking for someone with different characteristics - maybe the same attributes you would have shown if you were being yourself.

Remember - If you don’t get the job by being yourself, maybe you wouldn’t have enjoyed working there anyway 🤷🏽‍♀️.

Also saying you can do more than you can only sets their expectations higher, setting yourself up to fail. If you find yourself unsure what to say, try and spin the question onto your strengths or even be honest and say you think it’s one of your weaknesses but that you are keen on improving.

If you are aware of your weaknesses and have been working on them, this gives you a chance to share what you’ve been doing to improve. This highlights self awareness, honesty, proactive thinking, and willingness to learn. These are all valuable attributes for someone who is applying for work experience💡

On my first call with Hannah we spoke about what sort of things I have an interest in and where I feel my strengths are. This allowed Hannah to give me tasks that suited me and also pushed me out of my comfort zone.

No. 2 - Don’t be afraid to ask questions or say you are unsure.

It doesn’t help anyone if you sit there acting like you know what is going on or how to do something. It is a massive waste of time. Be honest and ask for some help.

I found this difficult to do all the time as Hannah and Helen have very busy schedules. So I made sure that when I was briefed I had all the information I needed or I asked to be shown how to do it. This helped me a lot 😊. I still found that sometimes I would get stuck so I had to not be afraid to try and figure it out by myself (I often surprised myself at how much I could figure out by myself). Then if I was still really unsure I would move onto something else until Hannah or Helen were free to answer my question.

No. 3 - If you have an idea, say it.

I didn't realise it at the time but Hannah has also learnt some things from me.

Whether your idea ends up being used or not, sharing your ideas is a great way of learning. I was very lucky to be in an environment where my ideas were valued, this meant that I was never too scared to share. Even when my ideas needed tweaking, it meant I could understand why it wouldn't have worked or how it could be better. Different ideas also bring a different perspective to things which is usually valuable in a creative space 🤓.

On reflection, I think the reason I had a great experience this summer at The Brady Creative came down to these three things…

Trust, communication, and relationships.

One of my favourite memories from the whole summer takes me back to England winning the Euro semi final.

That day Hannah and I were in London getting content for one of the clients. The building is in a great location with the sky bar garden one side and then the Shard across the Thames. We decided to stay and watch the game on the rooftop bar after a full day of filming. The atmosphere was incredible - an evening that will be hard to forget.

In the office we like to come up with an ‘Energy of the week’. That week's energy was ‘Work hard, rest harder’. Hannah had such a busy schedule that she wanted to stress the value of resting as well as working hard.

So as we were sitting on the train back from London, due to be back in Northampton at 2am, I couldn’t help but ask Hannah to remind me of the energy of the week 😉

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