Name: Simon Finaldi.
Degree and university: BA in Journalism at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts.
Work title: ‘News and Newsletter Co-ordinator’ for the exam board Edexcel.
What do you actually do? I help with the press office work, writing and monitoring our presence in the press. Secondly I am in charge of a newsletter which is for all our schools and centres, telling them what we are doing!
Were you always interested in this area as a career? Not exactly, I wanted to be a sports commentator when I was young! As I grew I saw that I enjoyed writing, and I find as long as I am doing that I am reasonably happy. If the area in question is writing and news, then I suppose yes, it has always interested me to some degree.
Have you ever experienced and prejudice at work? No none, but I have always maintained that I am one of the lucky ones. What I mean by that is although I suffer from Cerebral Palsy and I walk with crutches, I have no communication problems. This means that I do not face discrimination in the same way as others. I can clearly state my needs and defend myself if need be, so no, I have been fortunate.
How did you find this particular job? I got involved in Scope’s Leadership Recruitment Programme. It puts disabled graduates in contact with a set of employers who are part of the scheme and Edexcel was one of them. I went to an event at their office, where they put forward the opportunities they had and one of them was in their corporate communications department. It seemed interesting and I got on well with the manager so they offered me the post and I accepted.
What do you like most about what you do and are there any downsides? I enjoy the writing and the opportunity to work on the company Intranet. Ever since university, I have enjoyed web work as there is an important creative element. Something was not there before, then you write some code and it appears! It is very satisfying.
The only thing I sometimes miss is the daily contact with new people. I used to work in a bookshop, where I enjoyed meeting new people all the time, so it’s taken a bit of adjustment to working in an office, and being in front of a screen all day. And I’ve also had to get used to having a lot of meetings – I guess it was just a slower pace of life in a bookshop!