I stated previously that I began working for the British Lung Foundation in April as a Volunteer Administrative Assistant. The whole experience was lovely, including: applying, being interviewed and actually working in the office.
My contract time was supposed to be for around 3 months but due to exam priorities, and the fact that the charity had become less busy with time, I stopped volunteering after 2 months. It was an excellent experience and I gained valuable skills (which I will be blogging about in the near future) but I am now back to the metaphoric drawing board of job hunting.
I was told by various staff from Penguin’s HR department that admin and office experience is extremely useful on your CV when applying for publishing jobs. Considering I’ve been finding it extremely difficult to gain a work experience placement in an actual publishing house, I’ve changed tactics and been on the hunt for an admin position. I have relevant admin experience, so I set my sights on a temporary or part-time vacancy in admin. I haven’t really had much success over the past month despite applying for several vacancies at a time. I even started to apply for retail work to maintain my funds but yet again I’ve had no success. It’s both upsetting and de-motivating me but I’m trying to soldier through the disappointment.
I’ve more or less given up on the idea of paid admin work and am now more focussed on volunteer admin work in the charity sector. I don’t believe that successful companies making a profit for their own personal gain should ask for volunteer work. Especially when they try to refer to it as “work experience” for over a month or an “internship” for various months. But that’s a whole other story…
There’s been a little good news, but I’m trying not to get excited since nothing is final. I’m still applying for jobs and vacancies but I have to admit it gets very tedious and I’m beginning to hate writing cover letters. It’s so difficult to try to be original in each letter so I feel like I’m just regurgitating the same information over and over again. It makes me wish the whole job application process was different. Maybe I should invent a new system? Hmmm that’s something to think about… Haha.