Connected Together connects communities, commissioners, projects and people. Each month, we will bring you the story of a person or organisation that we have connected with, or that wishes to connect with you.
This month, we are Connecting with … our award-winning Marketing and Communications intern Bruna Tomsic.
Bruna is currently in her final year of studying BA Multimedia Journalism. While studying, she is also a Communications and Marketing intern at CTCIC. 21-year old Bruna carries out everything related to media enquiries, drafting press releases, updating the CTCIC and Healthwatch Northamptonshire website, as well as social media content.
I like it very much as the role allows you to be as creative as possible and think outside the box.
Last week, she gained two ‘golden shoe’ awards for the student of the year and best documentary of the year.
To be completely honest, I had no speech or anything like that ready as no one told me I was nominated! So it was quite a shock for me, but I couldn’t be more happier. It showed that hard work really pays off!
Earlier this year, Bruna made a 10-minute documentary about male breast cancer. Her documentary gained national coverage and she interviewed Lord Michael Howard because of his father’s death due to breast cancer. The documentary was looking into what sort of treatments and support is provided to men, as opposed to women and because of that she called it: “Finding Blue In The Pink.” You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5VvGvxsPB8
What is your favourite saying?
When I used to live back in my home country, Croatia, I had a huge wallpaper in my room which said: ‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says: I’m possible.’ I believe those words came from a famous actress, Audrey Hepburn and I just think the saying is very powerful, as there is nothing you can’t do in life, as long as you dedicate yourself to it.
Where is your favourite place?
My favourite place would have to be my home country, Croatia. I just love the sunny weather, astonishing scenery followed by the beautiful coastline, people’s kindness and hospitality, followed by a strong coffee culture.
What is the key principle to you try to live by?
Treat everyone how you would like to be treated. Whatever you do, leave a mark which will allow positive change to happen.
Please describe how your internship at CTCIC has helped with your studies:
I managed to develop myself personally and professionally, I’ve developed some new skills with regards to marketing and communications which was really beneficial considering I am studying multimedia journalism. I was able to implement everything I learnt in terms of copywriting and content creating.
Please describe how your internship with CTCIC has helped with your understanding of being involved with a professional organisation:
Time management is the key, as well as your organisational skills. It is clear that CTCIC is a very professional working environment, but it is the people that make you want to come to work every day. That is the most important bit, the fact that everyone here treats everyone equally and with utmost respect makes it such a pleasant place to work.
What do you think of the way that CTCIC supports/manages other organisations such as HWN?
CTCIC managed to secure funding for HWN and effectively, CTCIC offers sustainability to organisations, something that is much needed in this period of time. Its continuous support to HWN and now to HWR in terms of management and development means that organisations can still be completely independent, but have a steady company behind them which will support them throughout the way, and work with them without creating any competition.
What have you enjoyed most about your time at CTCIC?
It’s genuinely a lovely place to work, everyone is really supportive and you can really feel the team-work. On top of all that, you can be as creative as you wish, CTCIC really encourages you to bring your ideas forward and understands how it is important to actively involve young people in any project.
Would you recommend CTCIC to other interns?
If you decide to join CTCIC, you will be able to learn loads of things related to marketing and communications and you will have an experienced hard-working team who will guide and support you whenever you need it.
What is your greatest wish?
Hmmm… I would have to mention this quote: ‘Let’s dream. Let’s dream so hard, that they manifest themselves into reality.’-the Dreamer.