Week 1 in London

Last week was one of the toughest of my life. I was suddenly alone in London, my housemates very busy most days and evenings. I started my job which took longer than expected to settle into. I tried out some dance classes which were the highlight of my week, and I felt homesick for Loughborough. So I booked a train ticket and went back for the weekend.

Being in London on your own for the first time is very daunting. My house was cold, I couldn’t find the heating system, and my WiFi connection was terrible. I went to Curry’s PC World and got myself a WiFi extender for £30 which works a dream.

Starting work, I felt very positive. I met my manager who gave me a brief tour of the building, and enjoyed seeing a friend for lunch. However, there was a lack of stuff for me to do. For the initial three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), I was mostly being trained in the basics of magazine editorial work. I enjoyed learning the style guide, as well as having the chance to sign up to InDesign training and the NCTJ course.

On Friday, I had a real induction, where I was told what they wanted me to do while I was there. Luckily, my manager was very accommodating to my personal goals.  I was given editorial tasks, and promised one on one time with the layout designer so I could put into practice my InDesign skills.

That afternoon, the company offered after-work drinks from 5pm which was fun, and I met some new people and started making friends. That same night, I was back in Loughborough. I couldn’t wait to see my boyfriend, and celebrate his birthday with him. And, since I’m going back again this weekend for the Midlands Pole Championship, I won’t spend a weekend officially on my own in London till next weekend!

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