Jessica joined as an intern a few months back, and we were so impressed we asked her to stay! Here’s a quick intro to our newest Account Executive.
How and why did you get involved in PR?
I did quite a bit of volunteering at school and uni, and I just wanted to shout about all the great things we did! Initially, I just wanted to get people as enthusiastic about charity as I was, and push for recruitment. Quickly, I started realising how much strategy was involved, and really got stuck into it.
Why did you want to stay at Stand Agency?
My first feeling at Stand was this overwhelming sense of encouragement, and can-do attitude. Anyone can do anything; you just have to give it a go. That’s what I love about Stand, no one doubts your capabilities, and everyone is there to help you be the better version of yourself. What more can you ask for?
In another life, what profession other than PR would you have attempted?
Without a doubt – a photojournalist. I love people, and I love watching people. That’s why I studied Anthropology, to get into the nitty gritty of how people work. Being able to document history and people (and travel around the world whilst doing it!) would be incredible.
What do you enjoy doing beyond the walls of Stand Towers?
I love culture in any form, and I’m a bit obsessed with London because of it! Great food, art, markets, gigs … you name it and I’m there. However much I love my home though, I am always after more, and love exploring what the rest of the world has to offer…
What pearls of wisdom can you impart to those embarking on a career in PR?
Learn from your peers, and don’t let small setbacks get you down. PR can be cut throat, but you mustn’t let it affect your confidence – for as many journalist rejections you will get, you will have a colleague to get you back on track. Don’t be scared of bouncing ideas off your colleagues, and asking for advise when you need it.
Jessica’s S.T.A.N.D quick-fire faves:
Song –Anything by Darkside. Our generation’s Pink Floyd – smooth, psychedelic instrumentals with groovy melodies. Great to escape to.
Taste – This is impossible because I love ALL foods. Although, no lie, I couldn’t live without lettuce.
Animal – A big, scruffy dog. Always wish I had one!
Noise – Live music. All day, every day.
Drink – Nothing beats a glass of wine after a long day!