Despite having a whole range of unexpected hitches along the way, there is an unparalleled satisfaction to be gained from seeing your shared endeavours translated into the smiles and enjoyment of audience members.
Bradley tells This Is It! what it’s like working as a Marketing Assistant Intern for ArtReach as part of the Creative Employment Programme.
What interested you about applying for a role in the creative industries?
After leaving university with a degree in Ancient History, my options appeared to be limited. After graduation, I went through a lengthy period of trawling through job sites, writing dozens of job applications and sitting through many unsuccessful interviews. I quickly realised the ‘commercial’ roles I had been applying to were poorly matched with my personality and interests, they were simply jobs I couldn’t feel passionate about.
Therefore the chance discovery of the Creative Employment Programme, and the prospect of an internship placement locally at ArtReach, was not only fortunate, but also incredibly well suited to the type of career I wanted. I believe I speak for a lot of people when I say that career motivation derives less from “profits and pay-packets” and more from engaging in, and being an integral part of, projects and causes that feel important to them. With ArtReach being a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation that develops innovative creative arts projects and programmes around the country, it ticked all the boxes for me.
By far and away the most enjoyable experience I’ve had was being part of delivering our Night of Festivals event in Barking, London.
Tell us about your day-to-day role?
My official title is Marketing Assistant Intern but it would be wrong to assume anything from job titles! My main task is to help promote awareness of ArtReach’s Night of Festivals events, which celebrate the themes of freedom and democracy through artistic innovation. This ranges from writing press releases, to editing and updating websites, and reaching out through social media. My role also encompasses a range of activities and tasks that come with being in a small office environment from answering phone call enquiries to creating and updating databases. One of the most appealing things about working for ArtReach is the incredible variety of activities that are happening. For example I am helping run a five day circus skills workshop in Northwood next week, it’s not all about making teas and coffees on an internship!
I am beginning to learn that careers can now be forged in areas of personal interest, such as those in the creative sector.
What has been your highlight so far?
By far and away the most enjoyable experience I’ve had was being part of delivering our Night of Festivals event in Barking, London. Night of Festivals could be characterised as a big street party, continuous carnival processions made up of elaborate costumes and vibrant music. Our Barking event also featured live theatre, world music and storytelling amongst many other things!
I have quickly learnt that planning and managing a multifarious event such as this can be a stressful business. The weeks and days leading up to it sees your workload and worries increase exponentially, efficiency and organisation become essential tools in your armoury.
However, the flip side of this is seeing the l fruition of your team’s hard work and delivering an event that enlightens and inspires its audience. Despite working 36 hours in three days, and having a whole range of unexpected hitches along the way, there is an unparalleled satisfaction to be gained from seeing your shared endeavours translated into the smiles and enjoyment of audience members.
How has the role influenced your future career?
As a university student (and consequently a graduate) the word ‘career’ strikes a daunting and unapproachable tone. However, I am beginning to learn that careers can now be forged in areas of personal interest, such as those in the creative sector. As an introduction to the working world, a CEP internship such as this is invaluable. Not only has it presented a previously undiscovered world of career potential, but has also exposed my strengths and weaknesses, my likes and dislikes. If experience is the key to self-discovery, then I intend to experiment with career options in the near future. This optimistic attitude could never have materialised, however, without the opportunity given to me by my internship with ArtReach.
Bradley is on an Internship at ArtReach, who deliver arts and cultural initiatives nationwide. As well as a love for the classics and humanities, Bradley’s varied interests range from playing music, to practising yoga. With an appetite for informed research and writing, Bradley endeavours to explore the creative industry further.