Last week, we welcomed year 10 student Jack into the office to spend the week on work experience. Having worked extremely hard in his time here, Jack has summed up his week in his own words:
I’ve always dreaded my work experience and have always been worried about going to spend 5 days in a completely new place, with people I’ve never met before and not a clue how it would turn out. I came to SEO it Right worried of what I would be doing. In the end though, my worrying came to nothing and after a nervous few months of waiting for work experience I’ve enjoyed my time at SEO it Right and have learnt new facts, stats, skills and been educated in the importance of online features like blogs, social media and website usability all in a single week. One of the most important things that I will take away from SEO it Right though is the experience I have gained and the comfort I’ve found in a typical workplace environment.
On my first day I was worried, but when I was dropped off I was reassured by the welcoming of the staff and settled in quickly. I was introduced to everyone and shown around, I was told what I’d be doing and looked through a help sheet that benefited me greatly as I was able to plan what I was going to do for my next activity and how. I was then left alone to focus on a website usability study where I found how different features of a website can affect the user and the big impact it has on a potential customer of the business. I found programmes like Google Mobile Friendly Test and Google Speed Test when writing it and managed to finish my usability study with over 5000 words. I also completed a mock interview which was like a tutorial of an interview and showed me how to answer questions. I left on my first day confused of why I was previously so worried and looking forward to what the next day had to offer.
When my second day came around, I was looking forward to finding out about how social media impacts a business and was then shocked to find out how important it can prove to be. I was fascinated as I started my Social Media statistics sheet and found interesting facts and even worked out my own. For example, the number of people on Facebook is 25 times the UK’s population.
By my third day, I was relaxed in the office and was comfortably settled in. I finished finding statistics, found what makes a good website and started to make plans for a video. I started to really gain from the experience of being in a typical workplace environment.
My fourth day was one of my favourites. I started working on my video, focusing on what makes a good website. My favourite part of making the video was the editing process; this is something I often enjoy and did again this time. I called the video “The Good The Bad Of The Websites” and made a mock-up logo for the video. I enjoyed putting it together and think I did a good job. That day after I finished my video, I made a new infographic (something I’d learnt while at SEO it Right) about social media and how we use it in today’s world. I then went home able to reflect on another great day of work experience.
On the 5th and final day, I started the morning by completing this blog post. I’ll soon present my video to the team and eat cakes at the SEO it Right picnic to end the week in a great way.
Thank You to SEO it Right for allowing me to come and do my work experience here and for making me feel so welcome.
On Friday 18th March, the SEO it Right team will be joining people from all across the UK and doing our bit for Sport Relief. To raise money for vulnerable people throughout the UK and all over the world, we will be taking part in an 8 hour sponsored walking relay. Each member of the team will take it in turns walking the streets of Sutton Coldfield throughout the working day, from 9am until 5pm.
Not only is walking a great form of exercise, but studies have also found that even a short walk on your lunch break can help to increase your productivity. People who walk or otherwise exercise regularly are commonly calmer and more alert than inactive people; even a gentle stroll can help to improve your mood, increase your output and your ability to handle stress at work.
First launched in 2002, Sport Relief is a biennial event that makes a huge difference to people in need all around the world. By bringing the British public together to get active, the strength in numbers helps to generate money to change many vulnerable people’s lives. 50% of all money raised by Sport Relief is used to help people here in the UK, with the remaining 50% being used to transform the lives of many in the world’s very poorest communities.
Sport Relief 2016 takes place from the 18th – 20th March, with fundraising events planned all over the UK, combined with fantastic television and radio entertainment to raise more funds for a brilliant cause.
To sponsor the SEO it Right team, please click here to visit our Giving Page.
Snoops, the youngest and only four legged member of the SEO it Right team is 3 years old today. He may be fully grown, but he is still as mischievous as he was as a puppy and always keeps us on our toes when he visits the office, stealthily sniffing around Riz’s desk.
Many happy returns of the day Snoops!
This year SEO it Right is participating in the Great Midlands fun run. The run is 8.5 miles all around the Sutton Coldfield area and the idea behind it is to raise money for your chosen cause.
Every year, we get behind a charitable event in order to give something back to the community. In 2012, the directors Adam and Frances Berry departed on an expedition up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, raising money for a young girl with Cerebral Palsy who needed to go to America for life changing surgery and last year we supported Yoxall Dads for Charity by being a sponsor at their charity ball. In 2014 we, as a company, have chosen to do the fun run.
The charity we have chosen to support is the Birmingham Children’s hospital due to the fantastic work they do for children and the massive impact they have on young children’s lives. The race commences on Sunday 1st June 2014 at 11am so feel free to come down and support us!
We are also asking for donations to help support this fantastic cause. Whatever you can give we are grateful for and so are the thousands of children who have to visit the children’s hospital every year.
The training for the run is vigorous but the cause is very worthy. If you have any tips for us on how we can effectively train for the run please let us know! Some of us will be walking, some running and some doing it on all fours (well that will be Snoops the Dog!).
To make a donation, please click HERE!
Please watch this space for more updates from the fun runners!
I began at SEO it Right on Monday 17th March 2014 as part of my Social Media apprenticeship. I came in with only vague knowledge and understanding of social media after only undergoing one week at College. From first thing Monday morning, I had walked into the office and I was greeted by everyone and knew immediately that I was in a safe and friendly environment.
I then sat down with Frances who talked through with me what I had learnt and what I aimed to achieve out of the placement. I quickly grasped the way that everything was run and by the end of Monday, had successfully completed numerous status updates for a client. This went on for the entirety of my first week, with constant support and backing from the entire team who were more than happy to help even if I was asking the plain obvious. I have learnt how to effectively word statuses and how to manage my time and complete work to a high standard.
My apprenticeship is in Social Media and so I have been focusing primarily on this area whilst being in the workplace and I feel that the first week has given me more of an insight into how social media works within a business and how all the specialist tools work in order to convey this and keep them up to date. The skills I have learnt so far have already taught me how to correctly word updates to make sure that they are relevant to their target audience. I look forward to completing my apprenticeship and hopefully continuing my career in Social Media. I would like to thank the whole team at SEO it Right for being patient with me throughout this first week and for being very supportive whenever I have an issue. It is a fantastic place to work!
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