Signed my contract today 🙂 I have an Official Full Time Job. An Official Full Time PR Job. Ha!!
This might not make any sense – I started working at the agency on a 10 week trial through Go Wales, technically a work experience placement. And even though I was preeeetty sure they’d be keeping me on – my manager always said he was hiring with a view to them staying on – it was so exciting to actually have the contract in my hands!
We had a quiet hour or so this afternoon, so my manager suggested we had our little chat now. He ran through my appraisal, which I was a little bit nervous about – not because I was expecting there to be some kind of raft of criticisms, it’s just always nervy getting told how you’re doing! – but it went well 🙂 I actually found it really helpful. I remember my mum being peeved at not getting one for a few years in a row (that’s changed now, though, in case you’re some kind of employment lawyer!!) and now I can see why!
It was great to hear what I’m doing well – and the fact that they think I’m doing well, of course! – and that they like how I’ve settled in with the team. I love our little team – it’s great to work so closely, and to get so much responsibility, and I know that whenever I ask they’ll help me out. And, as time goes on, I’ll learn just what I need to ask, and what I can sort out myself. That’s one of the things my manager mentioned as an area to improve – my judgement – but I know it’ll come with time. I remember thinking how “on it” Becci seemed when I first started, but once I’ve been there that kind of time, I know I will be too!
Another thing to work on is my presentation skills. This is something I kind of knew I wanted to improve – it’s not necessarily that I’m not confident doing presentations, I just haven’t had much experience of actually doing it. My manager suggested maybe doing a presentation skills course, which I’d be really up for! I reckon if something makes you anxious, the best way to get over it is to just do it is much as you can – then it doesn’t seem scary any more. (This rule does not apply to #1 Sharks and #2 the Jurassic Park movies – they will always terrify me.) He mentioned I can seem a bit “timid” on the phone too – and again I agree; I’m still figuring out how to handle different kinds of calls (clients, journalists, people trying to get you to buy adverts..) – and to work out what kind of call they are to start with. But again – give me time and I’ll get it. Plus, I maintain that the one time I really did sound timid I’d picked up the phone literally as I walked into the office and hadn’t spoken to anyone yet that day, so I had weird-morning-croaky-voice going on… My manager literally laughed out loud when I answered – v embarassing!
So. Contract is signed, photocopied, filed – boom. Happy days 🙂 Yay me!