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Barnsley Hospital Charity – a student’s perspective

It’s around five months since we started our work experience here at Barnsley Hospital Charity and in that time we’ve taken part in a wide range of experience for a variety of different tasks. We may have got through a decent amount of the office’s tea and coffee in that time too but I think that’s beside the point.

Today I thought it was time to reminisce and reflect on my experience here as part of a charity team. As a PR and marketing student, it was vital for me to get experience outside of my degree in a range of different communications roles and, throughout my three years at uni, I’ve done just that. I have to say that working here at the charity has been by far my favourite experience.

The great thing about working at Barnsley Hospital Charity is that I’ve been given much more responsibility to work on different projects and the opportunity to contribute my own ideas. We’ve even been working on a campaign that I thought of over the Christmas period which we’re hoping to launch over the next couple of months.

As a bit of a hint I’ll tell you this; the campaign involves a lot of baking! Over the last few weeks I’ve been developing a design brief, putting together supporters’ packs and discussing the in-depth aspects of the campaign. It’s all very exciting and a little bit scary, especially since I know it’s my first proper campaign!

University has taught me all about the skills needed for the PR and marketing industry and I’ve really enjoyed putting these skills into practise. I definitely feel like I’m getting ready for the ‘real world’ of work now, even if it will be sad when we eventually leave the charity!

Barnsley Hospital Charity has some really exciting campaigns for you to get involved with this year and we hope you’ll take part, have fun and raise some vital funds for your local hospital.

 By Tanya Oates 

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