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After three months as an intern, Paul is now a reporter with International Hospitality Media, a job which will take him around the UK and the world…

After finishing my short course at BJW back in July and then my work experience later that month at the Argus, I was determined to get straight into the world of work and put my skills into practice. Eventually, I came across an opportunity on LinkedIn with a company called International Hospitality Media, who were looking for an Editorial Intern at the time. I submitted my application and had a face-to-face chat to talk about what the job would entail and he asked me some questions to see if I had done my research on them too. When talking to the editor, he was immediately impressed by the fact I had learnt shorthand and covered a range of modules at Brighton Journalist Works including Law and Essential Journalism and by the following Monday I’d found out I’d got the internship and was sitting down for my first team meeting up in London!

Four months down the line, I could never have imagined I would have achieved so much since then. Essentially, I have been working in a reporter’s role covering the short-term rental industry but also dipping into boutique hotels and serviced apartments too! Every day, I am writing up stories that I find on the internet and write up stories in my own words, utilising the skills I developed in Essential such as writing structure and time management. I’m also learning my way around WordPress as I upload all of my stories directly to our newly-launched website, ShortTermRentalz and it is an exciting time to be entering the sector too as the short-term rental industry is set to surpass $169 billion in revenue in 2019!

As well as that, the really exciting part of the job is getting to travel and carry out interviews! Last month, I went to Paris to report on one of Europe’s biggest travel trade shows and talk to industry figures and I’m hoping there are more to come next year. My editor has also trusted me to represent the company by video interviewing key hotel management executives from Radisson and Crowne Plaza hotels, Skype call CEOs out in America and network with other reporters and individuals in hospitality, which no longer seems so daunting! I would definitely credit this to my time on my fast-track course as it gave me the confidence to approach people with questions on vox pops, particularly on our News Day. Furthermore, although I’m not specifically required to use shorthand, I’m still practising as much as I can when I listen to the interviewees speak.

Even though it is a remote role working from home, it has allowed me greater flexibility in my life and it’s struck me how quickly my editor and CEO have thrown me in at the deep end and placed their trust in me to help the editorial side succeed. I’m fortunate enough to say that after my three month probation period, IHM has now taking me on full-time.

I’m extremely grateful to everyone at BJW from the tutors to my fellow aspiring journalists for getting me to this position now and helping me to achieve my qualification. The company is now expanding rapidly and 2019 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year ahead!

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