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Meet our new recruit… Ellie Hanson

Our latest recruit, Editorial Assistant Ellie Hanson, talks early morning swims, old school tunes and horsing around…

So tell us about you…

I finished my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Birmingham in summer 2017 and then went on to do a Masters in History at Durham University, which I finished in September 2018. Having decided against my half-plan of doing a PhD, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career-wise. I did some work experience at 44 a few years ago, so I got back in touch, and here we are!

What’s your role at 44 Communications?

I’m an Editorial Assistant, so it’s my job to support the team. From proofreading, to copy approval to writing articles, every day is different! I’m enjoying getting to know how different accounts work and meeting different client needs.

What are your first impressions of 44?

In three words, it’s flexible, fast-paced and friendly.

What do you hope to bring to 44?

As this is my first proper job, perhaps some fresh-faced enthusiasm! I’m keen to try anything and get stuck in to find out what I like and what I’m good at.

What are your biggest strengths?

I’d like to think I’m personable. I really enjoy meeting new people and getting to know and understand them. I’ve been told I’m a good listener too. I’d also say I’m organised (is there anything better than a nice list?) and I try hard to be reliable and conscientious.

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

I’m really into riding and spend as much time as I can with my horse, Perry. I’m not ashamed to admit (I am a bit) that he is my one true love. I’m also keen on swimming and swim with a group at an offensively early hour in the morning – although we all agree that the best part of getting in the pool is getting out of it at the end.

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

I quite like the idea of ‘everything in moderation, including moderation’, because it essentially means you can do whatever you like. But I also think ‘nothing in nature blooms all year’ is a very reassuring message to remember; it’s alright not to be at your best all the time.

Quickfire:

Favourite band/artist?
It really depends on my mood. I always like Fleetwood Mac, and Sigrid is so chic but I wouldn’t like to give the impression I’m above a good old throwback Thursday. Viva la primary school disco tunes.

Favourite book?
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim is definitely up there. Her writing is spellcasting, and she’s so witty and perceptive. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford is brilliant too. And I’d also recommend Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris to everyone. It’s just so funny.

Favourite film?
In reality, it’s probably Disney’s Tangled but to try and make myself sound a bit trendier I’m going to say The Beach.

Favourite gadget?
Unoriginally, I’d have to say my iPhone. It just does everything you need, doesn’t it?

Favourite destination?
My bed will always be a winner. But if I’m feeling a little more adventurous, it would be somewhere with beautiful scenery. I love the sea and I love mountains. I’ve never been, but one day I’d really like to go to Norway to see the fjords.

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