Ever wanted to know what we get up to on the RSC graduate scheme? In this blog, members of our graduate scheme describe some of the interesting (or unusual!) activities and projects they are working on, as well as what it is like to work in a variety of departments across the RSC.

Find out more about the RSC Graduate Scheme here

Vicki - Strategic Communications Team

10,000 Christmas cards, three speeches, four recruitment visits and four video edits down…I’m half way through my rotation in Strategic Communications and enjoying every minute of it!

When I started working at the Royal Society of Chemistry in September, with Isobel and Jenny, I was greeted by many smiling faces, lots of enthusiasm and mountains of cake…and things are pretty much the same three months in!

My first rotation in Strategic Communications has been a fantastic one to start with. The team helps staff all over the organisation to communicate effectively. They are involved with everything from managing our social media strategy and updating members through RSC News and Grapevine, to supporting staff with writing reports, speeches and press releases, and choosing the most appropriate communications channel for their message.

As well as joining a really friendly and welcoming team, I’ve gained an overview of the various projects that our organisation is involved in, re-discovered my love for writing, and learned a lot about communicating clearly using various media. I’ve written three speeches for our past and current Presidents, edited videos for the General Assembly (the annual event for our most active members) and worked closely with staff from all over the organisation, even in our India office, to commission, edit and create articles for RSC News and our staff newsletter, Cohesion. I even got into the festive spirit early this year by helping to organise and produce our Christmas cards.

Alongside my projects in Strategic Communications, I’ve had the chance to travel to universities on recruitment visits to talk to students about the benefits of our membership, and to meet some of our existing members. I’ve also found that there’s plenty to do at the RSC outside the working day. I’ve joined the badminton club, had my first taste of a Cambridge show when I went to see one of our past graduates in a recent production, and later this week I will be joining the other graduates in a fancy dress theme at our Christmas party!

So far the graduate scheme has been a great experience - one of the things I’m enjoying the most is the opportunity to take on projects, big or small, that have a real impact on the work of the organisation. I’m looking forward to what the next 15 months will bring!
Vicki is a Graduate currently working in the Strategic Communications Team on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Graduate Scheme. To see if we are currently recruiting for the RSC Graduate Scheme click here
Posted by Victoria Davison on Dec 2, 2014 4:41 PM Europe/London

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