Published 20th July 2016 | Case Studies, News

A week in the life of a work experience student

I am Alice, a 15-year-old student from a local village college. I am in my last few weeks of year 10 and at C4B Media, in Royston, for my work experience.

I chose C4B Media for my work experience after Julia Brooks, the account director, visited my school in 2014 for a careers day. I remember being truly engrossed and captivated by everything Julia said about C4B Media and I already knew that it was where I’d like to do my work experience placement, come 2016. I emailed Julia the same day expressing how interested I was about the company.

2 years on, I contacted Julia, again, asking if they remembered me, and to my surprise they did! I then enquired about work experience… and here I am now!

The 4th of July was the first day of my work experience at C4B Media. I was eager, yet nervous, to start in an office. However, my first day was not going to be a ‘normal day at the office’- I was going to the Herts Business Expo in St. Albans.

Holly, the social media assistant, informed me prior to the event that C4B Media would be exhibiting at there. On the Monday morning, I was dropped off at Jane’s house (the account executive) and we drove to The Alban Arena for the day. With the theme being Wimbledon, we were handing out strawberries and cream to visitors to raise money for GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital), while promoting C4B Media.

It was a successful day with many strawberries left over to take back to the office! Both Holly and Jane were lovely company for the whole day.

As Sadie, the account manager, is moving to Devon, I was lucky to have the pleasure of going along to her surprise leaving picnic. Fortunately, it was a beautifully sunny day for us to enjoy delicious picnic food and a divine cake made by Kelly, the account planner, (and an amazing baker)!

Throughout the rest of the week, I learnt the level of hard work and effort everyone in the C4B Media team puts in. I also developed an understanding of what Holly does to achieve her role as social media assistant.

I was given a few jobs to assist Holly with her work while I continued to learn alongside her. Many of my tasks included the organisation of activities for projects. For example, on Monday, I categorized and arranged names and businesses for the Royston Business Awards, taking place in October this year.

During my last week at C4B Media, I took over Holly’s job of composing tweets and Facebook posts for C4B Media’s own social media using content I’d researched on the internet. This included news updates about technology and social media, also a few helpful posts on marketing, local news, and the services that C4B Media have to offer.

The office is what I’d describe as a dream. Filled with kind, thoughtful staff. It was nothing I had imagined! In addition to how considerate and welcoming the staff were, they were also all incredibly skilled in their individual roles.

To conclude, my 2 weeks here at C4B Media has given me a vast amount of experience and I couldn’t be happier with how well it has gone.

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