Work experience has always been a dreaded task in my school. Let’s be honest, we all thought that we would have to spend a week fetching cups of tea for frightening old people who (and past me would have suppressed a shudder as she wrote this) have a desk job. Although I’m not too sure about my friends in other placements, my ideas about the world of work were proven completely wrong when I managed to secure a placement at Key 3 Media.
How did I get here?
Regretfully, I made a bit of a mess of finding a place to see out my work experience. The school’s deadline for finding a placement was the first week of December and, thinking back to it now, I remember the sheet specifically read ‘and no later’ – I managed to make it to the end of May. Work experience was in a little over a month, I was six months over the deadline and had been avoiding the teacher who controls everyone’s placements for at least two weeks. Eventually, after finding I could no longer use my exams as an excuse, I decided I would have to begin my search.
My mother suggested Andy, a childhood friend of hers, after about a week of my aimless searching. Even though at this point I knew next to nothing about social media marketing, I immediately began typing out an email. Thankfully, he replied pretty quickly, saying he’d be happy to give it a go. A couple of weeks later, I came to the office to meet everyone before the placement began and I left feeling a lot more excited for work experience than I thought I’d be.
What did I do?
Coming in on a Monday morning and being asked to write a blog that would later be published on a client’s website was a little nerve-wracking to say the least but, with the team’s help, I managed to make it through and get it right with only a few small mistakes to iron out. As well as writing, I learnt how to use graphic design tools, looked briefly through website design and attended numerous meetings and presentations – even finding myself squished up next to the director of a huge caravan park franchise during one of them.
I’ve learnt so many things over the course of the week – writing, editing, the ins and outs of website creating and, even if I don’t find myself going into marketing, I’ll take home a huge amount of new knowledge and skills that can be applied to everyday life.
Where to next?
This week has gone so extremely fast, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to be leaving Key 3 Media behind. Going back to school will be a sad return to reality. When I first got here, Louise asked me ‘are you here because you’re actually interested in marketing or just because your mum knows Andy?’ Perhaps, in the beginning, it would have been mostly the first option, as I’d had my heart set on engineering for a few years now but after a week, my answer has definitely changed. I’m still hoping to head into engineering of some sort but I’m aware of marketing now, and it’s not ruled out at all as a future.
I’d really like to say thank you to the gang at Key 3 Media, Andy especially. I know all that paperwork was a lot of trouble for you so I hope I’ve been alright enough to make it worth filling in all those sheets. You’ve taught me so much over the last five days and made me feel so welcome. You’re definitely not the old, scary people I imagined you’d be. Thank you so much for having me, it’s been amazing.
(A word from Andy: You were brilliant, Isobel, it was definitely worth filling all those forms in to have you come and work with us. Good luck with everything in the future!)