|Language and Linguistic Science|
|BA English Language and Linguistics|
|Friends of the Earth Europe|
|Charity and voluntary sector|
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A day in the life of a Communications Officer in Belgium
I work in the media team for all things media and communications: press releases, social media, blogs, reports, etc.
Briefly describe the organisation you work for
I am a freelance communications consultant working for environmental justice NGOs.
What do you do?
I do a whole range of communications projects for different organisations! This includes writing press releases, articles, blogs, managing social media, editing, proofreading and building relationships with the media.
Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?
At university, I started an online student magazine about sustainability (wildmag.co.uk) and it made me realise I wanted to use communications to create positive changes in society. I got a traineeship at Fair Trade in Brussels at the end of university and moved to Belgium, and after the traineeship I worked at Oxfam EU, then Friends of the Earth Europe, before choosing to go freelance.
Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?
Describe your most memorable day at work
Anytime I get to go an event at the European Parliament is pretty memorable.
Are there any challenges associated with your job?
It's fast-paced, and you get a lot of responsibility quite early on.
What’s your work environment and culture like?
As a freelancer my work culture is different from an employee. I don't have fixed working hours or an office so I have a lot of flexibility about when/where I work. The flipside of this is that it can be a struggle to maintain a work-life balance and you have to make an extra effort to be around other people when you don't have everyday coworkers. It's not for everyone but I love the independence.
What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?
I ran Wild Magazine, an online student magazine about sustainability. I was also a Student Ambassador and volunteered at York Minster Library. I participated in Jailbreak and was in several societies. I tried to take part in as many things as possible - it helped me find my interests!
What would you like to do next with your career?
At some point I want to pursue a Masters in driving social change for sustainability. For now I am happy with my current work.
What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?
Don't believe that you have to settle! So much advice revolves around what you shouldn't do & lowering expectations - it's true that we live in a very difficult job market, but if you put the work in, you can go after your dream job. And no, you don't need to know what your dream job is yet.
What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?
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