“A lot can happen in a year…”

One year ago today I was just about to embark on an end of uni trip to Paris, celebrating getting 83% in my dissertation and finding out I’d landed my first post-grad job (thanks Timehop – my memory would be nothing without you). And it’s true. A lot can happen in a year.

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I was quite happy, can you tell?

I was inspired to write this post this evening after finding out the prize for the CIPR Wessex Student of the Year 2017 had been awarded to this year’s winner and I was no longer the title-holder, after finding out I won the 2016  prize around this time last year (man, June was a busy time for me last year?!). No hard feelings though, I couldn’t be happier to hand my title over to the fabulous Laura Bradley! Congratulations girl!

Speaking to Laura earlier today really got me thinking about just how much has happened this last year – in terms of both my transition from PR student to PR graduate and now to girl-who-works-in-digital-PR-and-kind-of-has-her-life-together; I’ve been on five holidays, worked in two jobs, moved out, been to my first funeral for a member of my own family, written off one car (*eye roll* – but we don’t really have to talk about that), been invited to speak to PR students in Belfast and persevered with my long haul journey to lose weight and get fit and healthy (which involved also going down two shoe sizes. TWO!) to name just a few.

It’s been a good year. And a successful one. This time a year ago I 100% didn’t know that the job I’d just landed – what I thought would be my dream job – would turn out to 100% not be my dream job, but I know I would have been so glad to be five months deep into a job that I see as the just the start of my career in digital PR.

Also, a big thank you to Wessex CIPR – it’s been a good year being Wessex’ PR Student of the Year and it’s provided me with opportunities that I’ll be ever grateful for (and I’m still going to keep it in my Twitter bio for a little while longer).

L x

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