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My name is Ebo, and I am a content writer at Pearl Lemon. I’m just about to finish my 6th month of working with Pearl Lemon at the time of writing. I’m writing to share my experience and show just how exciting my time has been!
We had recently entered the second lockdown in the UK, which wasn’t fun. However, it proved to be a blessing in disguise.
In this period, I was attending school online, and because of the lack of commuting and extra-curricular activities, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands.
It was pretty relaxing at first, but I wanted to do something actually productive after a few weeks. Unfortunately, scrolling through social media does get boring after a few days! This led me to look for internships online and try and find something that would work for me.
This search led me to Pearl Lemon and its internship program. I’ll admit, I didn’t know a lot about Pearl Lemon at first, so I really didn’t know what to expect from their program.
Furthermore, I didn’t have a lot of experience with content writing. I was used to writing long pieces of text due to essays from school, but I wasn’t sure if the content writing at Pearl Lemon would be similar or not.
Nevertheless, I dived right in and applied for a position on the program, and it paid off!
The trial week was a significant period and allowed me to get used to my position relatively quickly. There are no punches pulled in the trial week, so you get involved with tasks straight away! During this week, you learn almost everything you need to know about your position, making the early months easier.
During month 1, I started to get into a flow of working and adapt to the situation. I had never worked in a completely online position before, so it took some getting used to.
However, after a few days of working with Pearl Lemon, I discovered the benefits of working remotely. Instead of working to a strict schedule, I can choose when I complete my tasks. This was great for me because school commitments can change the time I’m available quite regularly.
In the first month, I quickly learned how to manage my time efficiently to stop myself from feeling overloaded. Making a feasible timetable or schedule is very helpful and allows you to complete all your tasks without missing deadlines.
At the start of my Pearl Lemon journey, most of my tasks involved watching training videos and learning more about the company processes. This lasted for around a week until I was familiar with the company training.
From training videos, I then moved on to guest posts. Guest posts can cover various topics- from black diamonds to perfecting your running technique! They’re typically around 600 words and are written for different clients.
When you write guest posts, you usually write about a topic you don’t know a lot about. To make sure your post makes sense, you’ll need to do a lot of research about the topic before you start writing. Guest posts required me to improve my research techniques.
They’re enjoyable to write because you learn a lot about different topics that you would never have come across. If you’re looking to get better at pub quizzes, guest posts might help you out!
In the second and third months, things started to heat up slightly!
At the end of month 1, I was really into the swing of things and getting used to writing almost every day. My routine changed slightly as my workload increased, and I had to write more often.
At the beginning of month 2, I was tasked with working on Pearl Lemon property blog posts. Blog posts are slightly longer than guest posts as they’re around 750+ words.
The structure of writing property blogs was also different than what I was used to. I had to take time out to look at some examples and learn how to write an excellent property blog.
After I got used to writing property blogs, I found them pretty fun and straightforward to write. I’m pretty interested in economics and financial markets in general, so learning more about the property market in the UK and globally was pretty interested.
By the end of month 3, property blogs became my favorite content to write!
I also had to learn to manage both guest posts and property blogs in this period. It’s easy to get carried away with one form of writing and neglect the other. A revised schedule helped me continue to write both guest posts and property blogs.
My last two months at Pearl Lemon have been quite challenging and just as rewarding.
In months 3 and 4, I could focus my time on content writing during the summer holiday. When schoolwork made its unwanted return, things became a lot more challenging!
Balancing writing and things like uni applications and entrance exams took me a while to get right. But after changing my weekly schedule yet again, I made it work!
These months, I wrote more on investment and how markets are changing across the UK. These pieces were brilliant and very helpful to my uni application and A-Level courses. So, in the end, it was worth all the extra hours!
In months 7 and 8, I focused more on writing blog posts for Kemistri. Kemistri is a website tailored more to forex trading and other trading markets.
This was an excellent experience as trading has always caught my interest. Writing for Kemistri allowed me to increase my knowledge in the field and find more exciting details about trading.
I’ve started something pretty new in my past month at Pearl Lemon: PR writing. I had done a few PR tasks before, but it was never the bulk of my writing.
PR writing is gratifying and provides some of the most fun writing tasks. You get to experience more active writing by creating blogs based on podcasts which can be really intriguing.
My journey at Pearl Lemon has flown by- it hasn’t felt like six months at all!
It’s been a wonderful experience and has taught me a lot. This is my first time properly working with a company, so it has revealed a lot about jobs and what they’ll be like in my future.
Pearl Lemon has taught me many valuable skills, such as improving my communication and organization. I’ve also learned how valuable these two things are to work in a healthy environment.
Content writing itself is a position where you’re always learning, and all of the research teaches you about so many different fields and industries, which will be helpful to you somewhere down the line.
I would encourage anyone thinking about applying to get involved. The team is always friendly and ready to support you if you need help or guidance on a specific task. Once you dive in, you’ll never regret it!