I am a third year student studying Managing Performance at the University of Leeds and currently on my Year in Industry and I have been privileged enough to gain a place at Paines Plough for 6 months as the Administrative Assistant.
Feeling like a fully-fledged member of the Paines Plough family, I have now entered my second month of interning at the Paines Plough office at the same time as celebrating my 21st birthday! After an incredible introduction to the company (along with a lot of cake and chocolate), I am very keen to find out what else is in store and I know I certainly won’t be disappointed.
My first month at Paines Plough has already provided me with some incredible experiences. Not only do I feel like a valued member of a team of professionals that I truly respect and admire, I have also been given an invaluable opportunity to see the real day to day tasks and events that occur in such a thriving and dynamic theatre company.
Currently I am now working on the first ever Paines Plough ‘Individual Handbooks’, a responsibility which I take great pride in. I will be interviewing and videoing all staff members on their idea of what their job entails, then coupled together with extensive research I aim to collate all useful information on job roles, processes and problems into a easy and digestible format that can be used for any future employees.
During this project I will also be producing helpful and interesting insights into the life of a Producer, Director, General Manger and Administrator, so keep an eye out on our Insights blog if you’re an inspiring theatre professional and want to get a better idea of what really goes on behind the scenes in an award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned touring theatre company.
Whilst I am confident that I can create a useful yet unique insight into each role, I am more than content with the immeasurable amount of experience I will gain through the process and the incredible opportunity I have been given by Paines Plough to develop my skill set further. This internship is proving to me that I am in an industry that is right for me and that I am extremely lucky to be in a company that allows me to express my crazy ideas and learn from all of their knowledge.