Meet the Team: Tom Evans
What is your career history?
After graduating with a 2:1 in English from the University of Lincoln, I knew I wanted to go into media and communications, having developed effective written skills from my degree. I started out with an unpaid internship at NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG in the PR/comms department and loved it!
After that I knew comms was for me and got my first graduate job in an independent publishing house as a Marketing Executive. After almost 2 years, I decided to take the plunge and broaden my skillset in PR – a career I had my heart set on. I got a job at Athene in 2019 and have loved it ever since!
What drew you to working in communications and PR?
I have always been intrigued with communications and the way the English language is used – crisis comms in particular. What you should and shouldn’t say in certain situations and statements fascinates me.
Also, having had career talks and workshops at university, I was always drawn to communications and PR. It played into written skills that I developed whilst studying for my English degree.
What is your role at Athene and what does that involve?
I’m an Account Executive which involves supporting a range of PR and Education clients (both in the UK and globally) by delivering press releases, copywriting and giving wider PR training and social media support.
Have you completed any related courses/qualifications?
I’ve completed my first CIPR course – Introduction to PR, and I’m now working towards my first CIPR qualification, the Professional PR Certificate. It will be a tough ten months, but I am looking forward to expanding my learning and finding out more about the ever-changing world of PR.
What do you feel has been one of your biggest achievements at Athene?
I had not even completed my six-month probation period before Covid-19 hit, so I guess the fact that when everything was hectic and chaotic in the world around me, I still managed to deliver work I, and my team, was proud of.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career?
I think the biggest challenge has been adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on work life! Overnight, we moved from a lively office to fully remote working with only email, Teams and Zoom to keep us in touch with each other and our clients. Being a social person, I miss the human face to face interaction and found it hard to adjust to the uncertainty to begin with. However, I feel we have adapted well and overcome the challenge.
What is your favourite thing about working for Athene?
The people! I love the culture that has been created and being in with such a tight-knit group, I feel we are part of an Athene family.
What three words would you use to describe Athene?
Supportive. Rewarding. Engaging.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m due to complete a charity skydive in May to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation! Earlier this year I lost my Grandad to vascular dementia, a progressive illness which saw him battle memory loss, confusion and have problems with speech and understanding. I’ve chosen to fly for the British Heart Foundation because they help improve and save the lives of many people, including those with vascular dementia. I’m a bit nervous but very much looking forward to it!
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