Alex Kolawale It’s safe to say that I probably wouldn’t be in the PR industry without the input of the Taylor Bennett Foundation. The foundation offered me my first introduction to the corporate world. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2012 with a degree in Journalism with a very vague idea of the career path I might pursue but didn’t know the steps to take. I knew I wanted to do something in the field of communications/storytelling. I heard about PR for the first time in the third year of my undergraduate degree and since then was intrigued. Like other graduates post-university graduation, I spent most of my time writing endless cover letters and refreshing my CV to no avail. After a long day of writing cover letters, I was scrolling through Twitter and spotted an advert for a PR traineeship on the “Mediargh” Twitter handle and immediately applied. My application was successful, and the training programme was the platform I needed to jumpstart my career in PR. The thorough program exceeded my expectations. At the end of the program, I secured a role as an intern at APCO Worldwide, a global PR agency. Five years later, I have progressed from an intern to playing a leadership role in the team at APCO Worldwide where I am currently a Senior Consultant. My experience at APCO has been invaluable - the foundation gave me the platform I needed to reach where I am today.