We met up with Anita, communications manager, based at Oakdale. Anita tells us what working in communications entails as well as her experiences on relocating to Wales…
What is the story behind you joining the Company?
I joined the Company in August 2016 after seeing the job advertised on LinkedIn, relocating from the Midlands in England, to South Wales.
What does your role entail?
Based at Oakdale, my role covers communications – both internal and external across all sites. This means I have the opportunity to travel to sites from Wales to Hastings on a regular basis – a great way to build relationships with other colleagues. My role is split into two main parts: employee communications and digital media. Working within a small team is great, as you have the opportunity to get involved with different aspects of communications, from attending large-scale trade shows and updating the website, to employee newsletters and taking photos for social media on Christmas Jumper Day!
What does a typical day look like?
A day in the life of the Communications team is never the same! Day-to-day tasks for employee communications range from writing content for the weekly employee newsletter, distributing employee communications, arranging employee events as well as small tasks such as taking photos during events. The variety of the role is so diverse, sometimes I can’t even keep up as every day is so different. The role also gives a great overall insight into different areas of the business, from working with the HR team, to working on projects with engineers.
What’s the most difficult part of the role?
The most difficult aspect of the role is keeping up with the acronyms and terminology, but luckily the engineers around me are very helpful and patient – helping me to develop my dictionary of acronyms!
Tell us more about your relocation?
As a newbie to Wales, I decided to move to Cardiff – just under an hour commute to the Oakdale site. The location of the site is ideal, as you have the peace and quiet of rural Wales, or the city-life of Cardiff.
Since moving to Cardiff, I attended my first rugby game – Wales v Argentina Autumn finals at the Wales Millennium Stadium; completed a very cold and tiring trek up Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons and explored all of Pembrokeshire – a great weekend getaway if you don’t want to travel far. In Cardiff, I’ve had the chance to explore the nightlife of the city centre, including a trip to the famous ‘chippy lane’; dined in a Michelin-star restaurant in Penarth; attended the Friendfest at Bute Park (a must for Friends fans!); watched Justin Bieber and Coldplay perform at the Millennium Stadium and had the chance to experience the Champions League Final festival on my doorstep!
Travelling in and out of Wales is also easy, with access via the M4. The best bit is the compressed working fortnight, where you have the opportunity to have every other Friday off – ideal for a long weekend back home.