New recruit Rachel Cox loving it at work with Plymouth company
GAP-YEAR student Rachel Cox has had her plea for work answered by a Plymouth-based international events company.
The 19-year-old made an appeal through The Herald's Get Hired campaign last year for paid work experience or an internship for a year between A-levels and a degree.
She has now been taken on by Living it Loving it, a Plymouth-based events, marketing and consultancy company, specialising in work for games and entertainment companies.
Rachel studied at Ivybridge Community College, completing her A-levels last year.
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On her experience with The Herald's Get Hired campaign, Rachel said: "The Herald helped me because it showcased my desire to find something great within the industry and reinforced my willingness to gain experience as part of an introductory trial placement.
"I know that Living it Loving it were looking for people with passion and drive and The Herald helped to put me in the shop window which prompted them to contact me.
"The main things I've learned are that you have to work really hard and be prepared to do anything to get where you want to be, even if it means sacrificing certain things in order to get the experience that you need and want. Slacking is not an option."
Rachel now works as an administrative events assistant, where her daily tasks include reception duties, administration, international events research and supplier liaison.
Rachel added: "The best bits of the job are all the lovely people I work with and the international mind sports event element.
"The worst bits are the huge amount of research required behind large international events, including all of the sitting down in front of computers, but I'm really enjoying it and it has made me realise this is definitely what I would like to do in the future."
Living it Loving it has been running for about seven years and now has a European and American office.
Dave Brannan, chief executive, said: "We were getting a bit frustrated trying to recruit people in Plymouth, we were interviewing every week.
"We're looking for enthusiasm and people who can do, not just talk.
"It's long hours and hard work and we're looking for people who want a career, not a job.
"But we're willing to give people a chance and we were put in touch with Rachel through The Herald.
"She's settling in well and doing a great job so far."
THE Herald wants to help Plymouth's job-seekers find work and if you're in that predicament we'd like to hear from you. If you want to take part in our Get Hired campaign please get in touch. Several of the people we have featured have landed a job since appearing in the pages of The Herald. If you want to join our Get Hired campaign contact business editor William Telford on 01752 765529 or email email@example.com