Press Association Training 4 week review
I have to confess, though this will hardly be music to the ears of my long-suffering parents, that I feel as though I've worked harder in 4 weeks at PA Training than I did during 4 years of University. That probably says as much about me as it does the intensity of the course, but when you're in an environment you feel satisfied and secure in, it's simply so much easier to apply yourself. You don't just do your work - you enjoy your work.
Having a routine helps. Getting up everyday and preparing for what is effectively a 9-5 job means you no longer have time to watch the world go by or vegetate in front of the TV and blend into the sofa on which you are sitting. I think the whole experience is already making me more dynamic and dare I say more mature and responsible. I might actually be turning into a human being.
You start to look at news in a whole different light too. You have to. From having a full-blown successful newsroom on the floor above and access to all major nationals every morning it’s impossible to not find yourself with a different perspective. Everything is a potential story, however seemingly trivial it might seem at first. There could always be a twist at the end, you just have to delve deep enough to find it. If you can’t extract every possible nugget of information you just won’t have a story. Plain and simple.
'I'd never be where I am today without the PA course, it has opened so many doors for me. The staff are well trained and are all very encouraging.
'All the hard work pays off in the end, I couldn't recommend it more. I work on video at the MailOnline but also present Facebook live for Daily Mail's page, and although we only did 1 week of video on the course, I still believe it prepared me for my current role.
'It has changed my life; I have made lifelong friends and I know I'll always have a rewarding and successful career.'
Alicia Watts // Video Researcher, MailOnline