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I chose IC to get closer

Before going full time in internal communications (IC), I mixed it up alongside professional public relations, press relations, events and marketing, but why did I choose to just focus on one of these in the end, and why was that IC? Why I chose IC My PR years I'm someone who likes to make the most of a situation, but I've learnt over the years not...
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I once stepped away from my IC role. It wasn't long before I was back!

But how did I get into IC in the first place? I loved English Language at school. It was the writing that did it for me - not fiction though, I was awful at that! I enjoyed writing up projects, reports and I even remember designing my own travel brochure once. Factual writing in a creative way. So once I'd graduated in Linguistics and English Langu...
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It doesn’t matter how you get into IC, but once you do, you’ll never look back…

In a perfect world I'd be writing this blog and telling the story of how I first came across the opportunity of a career in internal communications during my days at school and college, fell in love with it immediately and the rest is history. But after the past year we've all had, I think it's fair to say we don't live in a perfect world! However,...
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Your work goes to the heart of the employee experience

One of the reasons I love working in IC is that no day is ever the same. You might be project managing the development and delivery of a recognition campaign or event; using your creative skills like writing, video and animation production; partnering with leaders to communicate the strategy; listening to what employees have to say or analysing dat...
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Why my job in internal communications means I never get the ‘Sunday Scaries’

My first real job (I don't count the obligatory after school and weekend retail role) was in banking. You'd know it as Santander; back then it was Abbey National.I started in my local branch for a couple of years, before getting my foot in the door at the nearby head office in Milton Keynes by literally applying for every role I thought I could do....
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I can’t think of any other profession that offers such a unique relationship with and insight into all areas of a business.

I love film – so after leaving school I spent some time working as a production assistant and general runner. I was fascinated to learn what it takes to convey powerful messages, brands, or emotions in just a few seconds, on a screen and thoroughly enjoyed the pace and creativity of the industry. As it's a big thing in Germany (that's where I'm fro...
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Internal communications is now a vital part of the employee experience

If you read my school reports, there is a common theme…Lauren loves to talk. From primary school through to secondary and especially in sixth form I surrounded myself with people. I liked to have my voice heard and shout loud for those who weren't as confident. I would describe myself as an average student, with 10 GCSEs, my highest grades were in ...
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Why #IChoseIC

I vividly remember being 16 years old in a "career choices" lesson at school and mainly feeling utterly overwhelmed with all the choices. I barely knew what I wanted to eat that night - how the hell was I supposed to decide so soon what I wanted to do for the rest of my life?! So many of my friends had it all figured out - some aspired to be teache...
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Why I love internal communications – and how I got there

What started as an "add on" to my PR job, has now become my core focus and most fulfilling aspect of my career. As a kid, I always liked writing. I won some junior writing competitions in school and then edited the school paper as a teenager. The University of Victoria, Canada – close to where I was raised in Vancouver – had a very well-regarded cr...
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I love my job. I wouldn't change it. But I am still learning.

Do you know when you're watching the X Factor / The Voice /BGT etc and the wannabe hopeful answers the obligatory "When did you know you wanted to be a singer?" question with something like "I was singing before I could talk" (?!?), or "I came out of the womb singing" (!!???!!!)? Well, I'm not saying I always wanted to work in internal communicatio...
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You get to be data-driven and creative, developing all kinds of skills as you go

I chose Internal Communication in 2017. I was attending the second semester of my Master's. At the time, I knew I was attracted by Corporate Communication, but I felt like something was missing. Somehow, even after four years of classes and seminars, Internal Communication never quite showed up on my radar. A shame, really (looking at you, universi...
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The IC profession is more important to businesses now than ever before

If you are thinking of a career (or want to progress) in internal communications (IC), the profession is more important to businesses now than ever before. The pandemic presented a crisis which required IC teams across the world to do our best work. IC has been central to crisis management, sharing business critical updates and helping leaders and ...
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I haven't looked back since starting my IC journey

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's the age-old question that parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and other family friends or relatives who you see once a year around Christmas ask you as you're growing up. I never had a solid answer for that question. I flirted with the idea of being a vet or marine biologist, but I'm allergic to fur an...
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My story into IC

Like many people working within internal communications, I never even knew the profession even existed until I saw the advert for my first internal comms job. My experience up until this point had been focused around customer experience since I was 16, working as a waiter and shop assistant at the weekends, then into the 5-star hotel industry as a ...
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This role was my initiation into IC and I've never looked back

I am Amrita Dasgupta and I thought I should share my story of how I fell into my career in IC. I live in London and have lived here for nearly 10 years, and I have had 13 jobs in those ten years. No, I am not an incredibly bad employee, but an immigrant whose first job after a degree was in the UK. I never thought about diversity, inclusion and dis...
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Aged 9 years old I was asked this very question and I had absolutely no idea. I winged it (quite literally) and told an assembled school hall that I was going to be an air stewardess – it turns out I loathe flying … No ultimate vision, no career dream, no check-list of stepping stones ever emerged for me. I may be an avid planner, but I've never ha...
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The more I read, the more it sounded a perfect fit for me

After my GCSEs, I decided I would take A-levels which seemed 'sensible' but interesting and after much self-debate, I landed with Business Studies, IT and Graphic Design. Although I would've have predicted it at the time, they really did come to good use – helping me in various ways in my IC career. I absolutely loved Business Studies and through t...
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It's about crafting the story of what we are trying to achieve together

When I was a kid I always enjoyed a story. Hearing them, reading them, sharing them, creating them. That's in essence what we do in Internal Communications. No matter the business we work with it is about crafting the story of what we are trying to achieve together, helping people know the role they play and for all of us to feel we are part of it....
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Internal Communications and Employee Engagement: A Promising Destination for Anthropology Graduates

When I used to recruit students to take an introductory anthropology course or do their degree with my department, people (especially parents) would ask: What can you do with a degree in Anthropology? While many anthropology (and social science) graduates explore careers in Non-profits, Marketing, or HR, here I explore the underappreciated, but inc...
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There is always something new to learn, something different to try and something exciting to get involved with

It's not always simple trying to explain to some people what internal communications is and I often end up saying: "You know when you get a magazine on your desk telling you about what people in your office have been up to? Well, that's what I do." It's not really – in fact, it's SO MUCH MORE and I'm doing myself and the profession a huge disservic...
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  • 19th April 2021
    The latest in the IoIC’s series of roundtables for Fellows (our most senior grade of membership) focused on the issue of ‘strategic listening’ – as employees increasingly want and expect to be heard...
  • 26th March 2021
        Be part of shaping and supporting your Institute by standing for the IoIC Board We’re looking for exceptional people to help us support our members today, and for tomorrow. The IoIC...
  • 23rd March 2021
    We’re sad to share the news that IoIC Membership & Operations manager Tim Beynon died in hospital on Sunday after a short battle with cancer. His wife Susan said that she felt very...
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