Date: Sunday 20th May 2018. Time: 10.30pm- a.k.a. the night before I start my new job at spottydog. As I laid out my (much deliberated over) ‘first day’ outfit and packed a bag with enough stationary to open my own shop, a million and one questions raced through my head. Where will I sit? Who will I talk to? How am I ever going to decide where to go for lunch? (#citycentreproblems)
The helpful welcome pack I’d received in the post a few days prior had eased my nerves considerably, but even after reading it cover to cover more times than I should probably admit, I still couldn’t shake that all too familiar ‘new kid at school’ feeling.
Fast forward to Monday morning and, as I stood outside the very grand entrance to spottydog’s Birmingham office, another wave of nervous excitement rushed over me. 3… 2… 1… As I opened the door and stepped into the open-plan office, the warm smiles and friendly words of welcome that I was met with instantly put me at ease. Having been introduced to the team and shown to my desk, for the first time that day I breathed a sigh of relief. I think I’m going to like it here!
After a whistle stop office tour and a quick rundown of the law of the land, I was invited to join the rest of the team at the weekly business briefing. I soon found out this takes place every Monday at 10am and is an opportunity for the team to discuss their top 5 objectives for the week- balancing the workload between them. It was great to be a fly on the wall for this important part of a spottydog pup’s working week, and I’m already looking forward to joining in with the next one!
Next on the agenda was a one on one with Sally Ellson, the Head of Press Office here at spottydog. After giving me my induction schedule, Sally talked me through my activities for the week, which included working on a press release for All Bar One and developing a regional media list for Sizzling Pubs.
After a quick lunch in the sunshine (I decided on a failsafe meal deal in the end!) fellow PR Executive Olly got me up to speed on Mitchells & Butlers– one of spottydog’s biggest clients. With the end of my first day fast approaching, I rounded off the afternoon’s activities by putting my creative writing skills to good use and drafting my bio for the spottydog website.
As the clock struck 5.30pm and I navigated my way through the rush hour crush (no easy feat in a heat wave), I felt an overwhelming sense of excitement for the week ahead. Having learnt so much on my first day alone, I can’t wait to get to know spottydog’s clients even better, drawing upon my past experience to create engaging content which showcases the brands I’ll be representing in the best possible light.
They say every dog has its day, and I think today might just have been mine!