Working at NOISEfestival.com

I have a tendency to gush over new jobs for about a week, before hating them with every ounce of my being. I’ve been in the NOISE office for a few weeks now and I can confidently say that working here is in no way perpetuating the vicious cycle that is evident in my employment record. I (still) love it here and I plan on sticking around.

I should probably explain that I am a PR & Marketing Intern with absolutely no professional history in public relations or marketing. I left college in 2010 with three A-Levels – English Language, Media Studies and Theology & Ethics. A series of mishaps lead to me not securing a place in a university and so I took a “gap year”. If you were to ask my family, they’d probably say I was still on my “gap year”- they’re still hoping I get a degree. I just realised that I had no clue as to what it was I wanted to do anymore and I knew doing a degree in something I wasn’t passionate about was a recipe for disaster.

Fast forward, I mean really fast forward, almost four years and I’m on my way to figuring it out, thanks to the CEP program and of course, NOISE. I’m constantly writing, something I’ve needed that extra push in for a while, and during my first week here, I learnt about writing for different audiences and in different tones of voice. It’s a very fine line, sometimes, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’m also able to utilise and refine the skills I’ve built up in all my years of surfing the internet. Who would have thought tweaking my Myspace and tumblr themes so much would earn me a valuable life skill? Look at me now, Mum!

Of course, it’s probably pretty easy to enjoy your job when you believe in what you’re working for. Yes, some days are harder than others, but I feel slightly more determined to keep my focus when I’m working for other people like me to get their chance in an industry they actually want to work in, as opposed to working so that messy guests can sprinkle popcorn all over the aisle I just cleaned. NOISE Festival is a great charity and helping to put something positive into the world feels pretty awesome, I must say. 

The Creative Employment Programme is an England-wide £15 million grant fund delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills using lottery funding from Arts Council England. The Manchester Creative Employment Programme, run by a consortium led by Manchester City Council, received additional funding from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and other grants to support apprenticeships and jobs for young people.