Amy Johnston, who graduated in 2006, is ready for a change after six years in Leeds.
I’ve always been interested in the media and communications, so a PR degree seemed an obvious choice for me.
I loved Leeds (I’ve now been here for six years) and really enjoyed my course, especially the more practical elements like the pitch module and the communications audit.
In my third year, I did a year-long placement with an agency in Manchester called Citypress. Here I got my first taste of PR, working with clients including Stena Line, Cop-op Travel and McArthurGlen Designer Outlets.
Once I graduated, I began working as an account executive with Waterside Communications, a small agency focusing on regional and b2b public relations. I learnt a lot here, but after a year decided it was time to move on.
I then worked as press officer for Morrisons Supermarkets. I relished the chance to work in-house for a big organisation and I gained some really valuable experience during my time there.
For the past two years I have been working as an account manager for Wolfstar, a social media and public relations consultancy in Leeds.
This has been the biggest learning curve in my career to date – social media was totally new to me and I feel I’ve learnt so much in my time here working with amazing clients including Sony Ericsson, World Vision, Lee Cooper and the NHS.
It’s now time for a new chapter in my career and my life – my lovely other half has been offered a job as a geologist in Australia, so we’re taking the plunge, packing up and going for an adventure down under! I’m sure this won’t be the end of my PR career, but hopefully the start of something different and exciting.