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Guest blog: Life as an intern in the PCC's office

Posted: Friday 5th October 2018
Blog: October

Lauren guest blog

Change is a daunting prospect, so when I began my internship with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner in June 2017, I was petrified. How will I remember everyone’s names? How will I ever find my way around Police and Fire HQ? How will I cope with this much responsibility?

The answer to all of those questions- you just get on with it and do your best.

I began my internship not being confident in my own ability, as well as being so reserved and quiet that I wasn’t sure I was the right person for this job! But with the help and support from a great team and guidance from my colleagues in the communications office, this changed quickly!

My role as Digital, Events and Engagement Coordinator has been varied, and has included: organising the awards ceremonies recognising local people, volunteers and the men and women in policing who go above and beyond; arranging community days and monitoring social media. Every job I have done has been a first for me, I had no experience in digital media or events planning, so to now be fully confident in both speaks volumes.

I have also been given fantastic opportunities to further my learning and development as well as getting to meet some fascinating people. I have been to educational conferences, taken part in some of the area’s most famous events and even met a Hollywood legend in Dame Joan Collins.

It’s not all been fun and games though, I have had ups and downs like everyone. I suffer from anxiety, which has at times been very tough when working in an environment where you need to be confident, professional and know what you’re talking about. I have also suffered the loss of my grandfather this year, someone who was proud of my achievements and would tell anyone that I worked for the OPCC! Personal challenges are always going to affect you, but I can safely say that the support from my colleagues has been astounding and has made everything easier for me to deal with.

Looking back at this year, I really cannot express my gratitude for the opportunities I have been lucky enough to have. Gaining practical working experience has enabled me to realise my career goals, and I have been fortunate enough to have a team who really are amazing at what they do. I truly have learnt from the best and I am so grateful to my colleagues for this opportunity. I am fortunate to say that I will leave the Office of the PCC a well-rounded, motivated individual, who has made lifelong friends with some fantastic people.

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