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Meet our new recruit… Katie Grace

We speak to 44’s new recruit Katie Grace, editorial assistant, about graduate jobs, gaining experience and grand advice…

So tell us all about you…

I graduated with a first class degree in English Language from Aston University in July, and started working here at the beginning of September, so it’s been a whirlwind few months! I was an editor and contributor to The Tab Aston, a national student-run newspaper at university, and I’ve also written for The Huffington Post, but this is my first big, adult job. I actually used to work for Sainsbury’s while I was studying, and now I help write their colleague magazine so I already know a fair bit about the business.

What’s your role at 44 Communications?

My role as an editorial assistant means that I’ve got a wide variety of responsibilities, such as creating copy, proofreading pages and liaising with clients. It makes coming to work exciting as every day is a little bit different. As I’m still new, I’m constantly learning about how the company works and what’s involved in the world of internal communications, but it’s going well so far.

What are your first impressions of 44 as an agency?

I’ve always aspired to work in publishing so it’s a dream come true, plus everyone in the office is so welcoming and helpful. Not only is there a friendly atmosphere, but you can see that great work is being constantly rolled out, so it’s the best of both worlds. It’s easy to see why the agency is so successful. I’ve been blown away by the talent and level of skill around the office, and it’s certainly given me a goal to work towards.

What do you hope to bring to 44?

I hope to bring my personality to the team, and a lot of energy. I’ve only just finished my Bachelor’s degree, so I’m excited to finally start working in communications, putting my skills to use. I’ll bring fresh ideas to the table and I’m keen to learn and develop as much as I can.

What are your biggest strengths?

Well… I’m very good at talking! I’ll rephrase that a little better, I’m a strong communicator and I love to learn. I like being pushed out of my comfort zone, and this has made coming into a new working environment a really exciting challenge. After juggling university, working and some sort of social life, I’ve also learned how to manage my time well and hit deadlines.

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I’d love to say I run 10km each week and take part in yoga twice a week… but in reality I love eating out, going to the pub, and online shopping.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

You have two ears and one mouth, use them in that ratio.

Quickfire:

Favourite band/artist?
Ed Sheeran will forever have my heart. I’ve never seen him live but it’s on my bucket list.

Favourite book?
I like law and crime fiction books, so anything by Sue Grafton, John Grisham or Jeffery Archer is a must-read in my eyes.

Favourite film?
There are too many to choose from. If I want a good cry I like The Shawshank Redemption or The Imitation Game, but I’m more than happy to settle down in front of a good chick flick.

Favourite food?
Any form of pasta, followed by banoffee pie and cream.

Favourite destination?
I love Cambridge for a day out, there’s so much to do and see, and it’s such a beautiful city. Relaxing on a beach in Rimini, Italy, with a massive piña colada isn’t too bad either.

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