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.
Catrina, our Portuguese intern, is currently half way through her six week work experience placement. We caught up with her to see how she is getting on.
Hi Catrina, how are you finding your work experience now that you have almost completed half of your internship?
I feel that I will leave the internship a better professional and person. I have learnt such a lot about SEO and how to manage social networks for businesses and I’m sure that I will be able to use everything I have learnt during my placement in the future. I really appreciate the opportunity I have been given with the internship to have first-hand contact with the world of digital marketing.
What have you learnt about the industry or how a business works, has anything surprised you?!
Everything has surprised me! SEO it Right has given me the chance to observe and work on different projects for various clients, including analysing online marketing reports, how social media posts are prepared depending on the objectives of the client, how to analyse the social media pages of each client and also how to identify the target which the client wishes to work towards and how we can achieve this by using SEO and social media campaigns.
Looking behind the scenes of clients’ websites has shown me countless things which otherwise I would not have known.
Has the experience helped you to identify areas within the industry which you would like to learn more about?
By working alongside Riz, the website developer, I now feel much more curious about finding out more about website design. However, the internship has motivated me to learn even more about the whole of SEO, as the experience has helped me to see lots of different areas within the industry.
Which part of the last 3 weeks have you enjoyed the most?
It’s very hard for me to name one thing! I love the fact that the SEO it Right team give me a challenge every day, or they identify a new area for me to learn more about. I was really happy when they signed me up for the Google course ‘The Growth Engine for Digital Skills’ as I can learn a lot more about different concepts within Digital Marketing. I also really enjoy work shadowing the team members when they explain what they are working on and why.
Has the experience made you approach your coursework differently, are you finding there to be a difference between the theory and the practise of online marketing?
Yes! Over the last three weeks, the tasks I have worked on at SEO it Right have shown that there is a definite difference between the theory and practise of digital marketing. Things which I have learnt in theory may not always work in practise, so you have to be prepared to make some changes to get a positive result for a client. SEO it Right have helped me to try to breakdown this barrier, showing me how to try alternative methods to achieve results, which has given me a greater interest in Digital Marketing.
We’ll be chatting with Catrina again towards the end of her placement to find out her opinion of the online marketing industry and whether she has enjoyed her time in damp and drizzly England!