Rosie Heaton

Currently in my second year of studying towards a Public Relations BA (Hons) degree at Leeds Beckett University, I have spent the last two years building my portfolio of work through short and longer term placements.  I have undertaken both in-house and agency placements: at national charity Heart Research UK, marketing agency Clearsilver and design agency Supremo.  In my experience as a volunteer, I have learned a lot: running the social media for a newly formed charity with no budget, working with the media in my role as a young ambassador for Meningitis Now, and building my confidence and leadership skills through Girlguiding UK.

I believe that retaining your personality as a professional is important in building long-term and meaningful relationships with clients and colleagues.  I am a strong communicator and through leading a society during my time at university, the value of teamwork and leadership has become apparent to me. A self-motivated, organised and interested individual, being reliable and punctual are two traits I pride myself on.

Working within a digital setting at Supremo, I have ensured media coverage and driven their blog forwards which has resulted in new business opportunities. As well as this, I have used my research and events management skills to help organise events with Heart Research UK.  Through Meningitis Now, I have had first-hand experience of lobbying and the power that campaigns can have in initiating change, which is where my real passion for PR began.

My long term career goal is to work as a freelance communicator who specialises in supporting third sector organisations with their PR activities. I am engaged in the industry and always looking to further my skill set, as while I feel I have a strong knowledge base thanks to my degree course, I appreciate that there is no limit to learning and there are always new opportunities to be had.