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London Calling: Week 1 at The Pharmaceutical Journal

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The first of my four weeks work experience at the PJ has flown.

I’ve learned how not to walk through the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s revolving door and that I really should use shorter sentences. I’ve learned never to assume that flat shoes won’t absolutely abuse your feet.

After the initial novelty of having my own computer, desk and phone line (a new experience!) I settled quickly well alongside some friendly co-workers including fellow PJonline bloggers Rukeya Begum and Adam Rathbone, and set to work. The editorial team at The PJ seem keen to keep the interns busy, so jobs have been frequently dropping onto my desk and into my inbox! My role at the minute is searching for, researching and writing news. Most of what I've written has required a bucket load of editing but I've come across some really interesting news items and was quite excited about this, which I actually wrote (with lots of guidance!) : http://www.pjonline.com/news/one_in_seven_bp_monitors_fails_to_meet_british_hypertension_society_standard

Writing news is harder than I imagined, since I’ve found my style can be a little sensationalist and accidentally too opinionated but I hope that with time and practice my skills will be sharpened! I’m learning to adapt from ‘blog’ to ‘news’, and really appreciating all the hints and tips coming my way from colleagues.  I'm gearing up for an interview, a commercial press conference promising 'afternoon tea' and working with the other placement students on a piece about the RPS awards in advance of attending the Annual Conference. I'll also have to revise all I know and learn all I don't about treating migraines and headaches for an article I’m set to write at some point! My brain is a little fried as a result of so much sustained concentration (in contrast to my ‘pharmacy free’ month of fun in the sun) but this is by no means a bad way of jumping back into the world of work and learning.

Aside from the placement, I’m loving staying with friend’s family, who are making me really welcome. During the week we went out to a birthday party, had a boogie and explored the delights of the local Lidl. Unfortunately Lidl weren't selling any appropriate bargain shoes. I haven’t done anything too rock and roll just yet (unless you count emergency fancy dress and food shopping) but tomorrow I'm going to start really making the most of my surroundings. I can’t wait to meet up with some more friends and see some of London's sights.

The big city itself is becoming less intimidating, which is encouraging! I've always thought I wouldn't like to live and work here but I could have been wrong - the journey to work isn't as bad as I expected! I'd like to move closer to where I'm working but I'll have to do some research to see if that's possible without selling any body parts for pennies. I'm also hoping to visit my Nanny for a few days- which would involve some next level commuting and probably some bingo!

All in all, I’m enjoying the steep but exciting learning curve into the world of news and views. Week 1, over and out!

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