My published feature- ‘Behind the scenes of GoThinkBig’

My online published feature- ‘Behind the scenes of GoThinkBig

After the GoThinkBig team had been reading my regular blog posts about my amazing work experience week with them, I was asked to construct it into a feature for their site. IGNORE THE HIDEOUS PICTURE OF MY FACE (can’t believe they thought that was appropriate-it’s only gonna scare readers off) Have a read anyway, just in case you fancy hearing more about GoThinkBig and my tips for work experience. 

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Great news from GoThinkBig

So after my amazing week of work experience for GoThinkBig, I have just been told that my own feature I wrote for the site, ‘What is the key to a successful blog?’, has actually had the highest stats of views last week. How amazing is that?!

So I have broken an NCTJ record of over 6,000 views for my BU Naked Calendar report and now I have had the most views on GTB report. I must be doing something right!

Day 5- I went behind the scenes of ITV News

What a great day to end my work experience on! The amazing Camilla managed to get me space on the ITN guest list to find out want went on behind the scenes of ITV News.

There were only six of us at the GoThinkBig skills day and I felt so lucky to have been offered the chance to go there. Throughout the day we met all sorts of people, from the lunch-time program editor to the man in charge of safety for workers filming or reporting in war zones across the world.

The whole day was fascinating and omg I will never be able to watch ITV News the same way again! I was actually inside the news desk studio and London news desk where the news presenter is filmed! Well here’s a huge secret that you never knew… it is actually just a green screen room and all the background, even that lovely window overlooking the Thames, well it’s completely computerised!

You know when Steve Scott was presenting the ITV news lunch-time show today, yeah? I was watching it behind the scenes and got to see how the whole show was put together for the audience to watch! I couldn’t believe he arrived only 50 seconds before he was meant to be on LIVE air! I could definitely feel the tension and I felt a bit scared for ITV when he wasn’t even on set when they were expecting him! He was still sorting out his blazer when he had 3 seconds before the live filming! It was so crazy but what shocked me the most was how he managed to be laughing a second before he went live and then suddenly presented the news absolutely PERFECTLY. I was very impressed.

When I got back to the GTB office, after meeting some amazing people, I began working on my CV for future work experience.

Dan sent me the link of our Social Networking video and my god did it make me cringe. Like I said yesterday, my voice WAS squeeky and my hair DID look like I’d been dragged through a bush backwards. Very embarrassing but I was still so excited to watch it.

It was so sad to leave GoThinkBig after such an amazing week and been offered such great opportunities. I was really happy to hear that Molly wanted me to write another feature for the site to go up next week about my experience there. My Christmas Temp 101 piece will be going on the site next week- great news!

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My GoThinkBig goodie bag for my work experience this week

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My ITV News gifts from my day working with ITN

OH and I found out that my record breaking NCTJ uptospeednews report has actually, can you believe it, reached over 57,000 views. That is just crazy!

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My crazy mega views on my uptospeednews blog

Day 3- free mags and an invitation to Westminster

I am so glad I wore my ankle boots today. I was hit by both mega rush hours and just needed that little extra height to be able to reach the top handle bars to save me from falling all over the place on the tubes. Good outfit choice today Leeanna.

So… my first duty of the day began with searching through the social networking sites of all the GoThinkBig brands like FHM, Grazia, Heat, Kerrang and Kiss FM to make sure each of the companies have been posting GTB’s latest opportunities. Doing this ‘Opps of the week’ task I definitely managed to fit in some extra cheeky reading. I just couldn’t help but read Heat’s latest articles posted twitter and Facebook- what a great job this was!

I was invited to an editorial meeting where I was offered another feature to write up for the site AND I was asked to go to Westminster tomorrow to help out with a video report! How crazy is that?! We’re doing a report on how to and how not to network and I might be featuring in the video. Firstly, what am I supposed to where to Westminster. And secondly, what is appropriate to wear on camera?! What a hectic morning tomorrow is going to be when deciding my outfit choice.

I wrote up the feature, Christmas temp 101, which will be going on the site on the first week of December. After being offered a permanent job from starting as a Christmas temp, I was more than happy to interpret my experiences into the feature too. I couldn’t believe my ears when Stevie said what I wrote was ‘perfect’ and ‘spot-on’! My day just kept getting better and better.

After being encouraged to watch Kanye West’s new music video in my lunch break, Sadie  invited me to join her in her trip to the Endeavour building on Tottenham Court Road. I was buzzing with excitement as I entered the home of magazines like Heat, Closer, Grazia, FHM and ZOO. I was even given the two newest editions of Heat and Closer- SUCCESS!

When we got back, and after Sadie gave her best advice, I was asked to help video-man Dan with some research for his up-and-coming video interviews for the site. On the GoThinkBig website there are various ‘I Love…’ videos by Dan, about people who have enjoyed a subject at school and gone on to gain a career linked to it. After researching careers linked to science, maths, geography, history and modern foreign languages, I came up with a few ideas that weren’t just the bog-standard jobs people expect to get if they enjoy those subjects. I’ve gathered up some contacts to get in touch with people who have loved certain subjects that have helped them go on to bigger things. They will feature in an online video interview for the site.

My day has ended with watching I’m a celebrity get me out of here. JOEY HAS TO BE THE KING.

 

 

 

Day 2- Part of the editorial team

I ended up arriving super early this morning, better to be safe than sorry I suppose! So I reated myself to a Pret Peach Green Tea- sooo refreshing-  and headed to my desk at GoThinkBig.

I was working with the editorial team today and sent staff writer, Stevie Martin, all my ideas for potential features for their site. To my delight they loved them and even allowed me to write up my own piece to go on the website.

I wrote my report on ‘What makes a successful blogger?’ (I know I know, hardly like I’m a famous blog myself) But I was interested to find a top 5 of the most inspirational bloggers and how bog-standard blogs can turn some one into an internet sensation. It is happening! Although not for me at the moment… Maybe one day!

Stevie taught me some valuable skills today. I was taught how to use the CMS of the site to upload my own feature and I also learnt how google ads can give you best tags to add to your post to get yourself noticed and people reading.

Throughout the day GoThinkBig hosted a mini cake sale of M&S finest and a few homemade treats to raise money for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan. I bought a choc chip cookie (chose the biggest of course) and a chocolate melting syrup covered cornflake cluster- my kind of thing!  So sweet it’s sickly!

Since the new addition of the word ‘selfie’ has marked it’s territory in the dictionary, Stevie took a photo of the team to add to the twitter account.

After my day of publishing, researching and eating way too many sweet things, I went on an Oxford Street shopping spree. After fitting room after fitting room and the best pasta I have ever tasted, I was ready for bed.

A bit of politics revision and two practice papers for my business of magazines exam later, I am tucked in and cosy for my next big day tomorrow. However, I’m feeling slightly nervous about going out for lunch with Stevie, a professional journalist!

Wish me luck!

Day 1 of the steps in London to my future career

So I arrived in London yesterday to begin a week of work experience for GoThinkBig. To my absolute delight, I discovered that Mappin House (the home to music stations Kiss, Magic and smashhits along with Bauer Publishing mags such as Heat) was situated only 30 seconds off Oxford street. Yes Oxford Street.

Working on the same road as the sparkling windows of La Senza and under a minute’s walk from the humongous Topshop, I was in my element. Unfortunately, for my bank account I can’t say the same.

Day 1 began today on the second floor of Mappin House. Even just on-looking the building from outside made me realise I was exactly where I wanted to be. Listed media brands on the window, rails of clothing visible inside an upper floor and black glistening discoball-like slabs on the wall resembled the dream workplace for me.

My morning took off in the GoThinkBig meeting room where many professionals have once entered to talk to young people in ‘pack lunch’ events. My supervisor, Eleanor, took me on a tour around the floor and introduced me to the team. What stood out to me the most was how young everyone was and how lovely they were. I suppose the demographic of the team goes hand in hand with the company’s concept of helping young people to get their first steps on the career ladder to each dream of success.

My first duty of the day was to carry out a research task into what this year’s awarded ‘100 top brands’ offer young people. I investigated what each of the popular brands offered young people in terms of events, work experience, apprenticeships, internships and undergraduate schemes. I noted their HR contact details so GoThinkBig could get in touch and provide more opportunities to their applicants. If anyone needs experience, I’m the girl to ask.

At 2pm I was invited to an editorial meeting which involved the discussion of the stats of the website, up-coming plans for features and ideas to get O2 ambassadors to promote GoThinkBig.

My day ended with sorting out the GoThinkBig merchandise of t-shirts, bags and UV wristbands. Another perk to the job I discovered, was the free merchandise they received from Boohoo- only one of my favourite online fashion stores (after ASOS of course) Lucky things.

Despite being on work experience, I wasn’t allowed to make tea. Nope, the team don’t like to be ‘cliche’ so instead, cups of tea were made for me. Thank god I can still settle my tea addiction.

Buzzing for what tomorrow’s experience holds, I just hope I can a good sleep without waking up to such big bags under my eyes in the morning!

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