Hi all, I’m Sophia and today is my first day as Creative Project Assistant at Spinning Clock! I’m thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic creative agency and I can’t wait to start. You’ll find me blogging here on the Spinning Clock website and over on our social media accounts – if you have any questions about what we’re up to feel free to stop by for a chat here on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
So you know what I do but who am I? In July I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in English. I was determined to stay in Nottingham after graduation because I fell in love with the city during my studies – I particularly valued that you are never far away from arts in Nottingham.
During my time at university I wrote for my student magazine, blogged for Her Campus Nottingham and wrote my own book and lifestyle blog called What Fi Found. Putting pen to paper has always been one of my favourite hobbies so I knew I wanted a job that meant I could use my copy-writing skills. I also draw illustrations for fun, watch far too many Disney films for a 22 year old and I am attempting to write a graphic novel in my free time, so being creative at work was a must. When I discovered a graduate position at an agency in the creative quarter that produced animations, apps, virtual reality and events for brilliant clients I had to apply – now I work with designers, project managers and marketers who pride themselves on producing innovative marketing tools.
As well as working on social media and this blog being a Creative Project Assistant for Spinning Clock means I get the pleasure of assisting several really exciting projects for our clients like Disney and the BBC. In practice this means devising merchandising options for clients, communicating with clients and the team to ensure deadlines are met, managing suppliers and contributing to Spinning Clock’s marketing.
This project coordination focus really appealed to me…mainly because I love talking nearly as much as I do writing. Prior to coming to Spinning Clock I was fortunate enough to complete work experience in the Children’s Marketing and Publicity department at Penguin Random House and I managed a children’s ‘book trail’ event at Derby Book Festival in my final year of my degree. Both of these roles focused on communicating within a creative team, prioritizing tasks, creating marketing materials and most importantly working very closely with clients and partners. In particular my role at Derby Book Festival is what really pushed me to continue in a project management based role because no two days were the same and pulling off a successful event for your clients is great feeling. If I had any advice for someone applying for a position at Spinning Clock it would be to be honest about what interests you about the company and your strengths – for me it was Children’s Media – your genuine enthusiasm will show through.
Meeting everyone and getting started has be wonderful so far and I cant wait to get to know the team!