#HannahsInternDiary- we have Instagram!

I don’t know about you but I LOVE Instagram… it seems that there’s nothing ‘lo-f’i or ‘earlybird’ can’t do, improving even the worst photograph.  Now we all fancy ourselves as wanna-be photographers, whipping out our phone whenever we see the opportunity for an artistic snap. Although my own Instagram account is all pictures of food (I can’t resist taking a quick snap before tucking into dinner or a slice of cake!) I enjoy following a whole range of people, from friends to celebs to my favourite cafes and shops.

I was therefore very excited this week when we took the leap and set up our own Durham University Retail Office Instagram account. We will be using this, not only to post photos of the merchandise we have on offer, but also to showcase our outlets throughout the city. We are very lucky to have some beautiful shops including Palace Green Library Shop, The Oriental Museum, the World Heritage Site Visitor centre, and the Botanic Garden.  Although these shops are fabulous enough as they are, there’s no harm in adding an Instagram Filter to get even more stunning results!

I have really enjoyed the social media element of my internship, managing the Facebook and ... read more

Posted On 19/06/2014
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Hannah's Intern Diary- PERFORM!

Yesterday I attended the latest session of the ILM3 Leadership and Management course I am enrolled on and have spoken about before. This week the theme was ‘Planning & monitoring work and performance management’ and as ever it was really useful in helping me to think about my own workload and the workload of other members of the team here at the Retail Office.

Throughout my school years the importance of planning work was drilled into us, and I have to admit it is something I did somewhat reluctantly, seeing it as an additional task to an already substantial workload. It was only once at university that I truly appreciated the value and importance of planning my work. As a history student I can honestly say that I would often spend more time in the planning stages of an essay than the actual writing process. A good plan was essential to success in achieving the outcome I was aiming for. This is one skill that I have transferred directly to my role as intern and something which was discussed in today’s session. It also ties into the idea of SMARTIES targets I talked about a few weeks ago. Planning your workload is ... read more

Posted On 13/06/2014
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