Friday, July 17
Today I have completed my interactive story and I suppose, officially completed the placement.
It has been a fantastic three weeks and I have learnt so much, having expanded on the skills I already had ' both practical and personal ' as well as learning a great deal about farming, sheep and of course, wool.
During my MA, I often struggled with filming for TV packages and did not even know certain elements that could be added to a Flash project to make it more fun and engaging.
Now, I feel confident that I can produce, cut and edit a high-quality film and put together an interactive story that will keep audiences interested.
While we are always learning whether we are starting out somewhere new or in a senior position at the top of our game, to be able to improve these skills before finding a job will be extremely valuable.
And then there's the more personal benefits to the placement. I developed my interviewing and networking skills which has given me more confidence and in turn, encouraged me to challenge myself and try new things to produce something even better.
I have had the chance to meet some incredibly inspiring people and explore an area which I have never even considered doing so before.
It's one thing to tell a person about something you feel passionately about but it's another to make them feel that passion too.
But now, I can honestly say that my views on man-made and natural products, supermarkets and local businesses and country life in general has massively changed.
While I'm not going to become a hard core campaigner or tie myself to a tree anytime soon, I will actively tell my friends and family and everyone else I meet along the way about the benefits of wool.
My time at Romney Marsh Wools has been a wonderful insight into an area that was once unknown to me. Of course, this is largely due to Kristina, Paul and their apprentice Emma being so welcoming and exceptionally helpful.
I would absolutely encourage everyone to visit their website (http://romneymarshwools.co.uk/) and try out their products or better yet, become a representative. They really are a fantastic company to work for.
-- by Jayna Rana