This week we have been participating in work experience at Community Impact Bucks. In the past week we have learnt about day to day life in a regular office job, but have also used it as an opportunity to learn about many other aspects of careers and related decision making. We have enhanced our understanding of social skills and their usage in the working environment, by working both with colleagues and with members of the public, improving our confidence and our ability to adapt to situations outside of our comfort zones.
We have also learnt about different areas of communication, especially in the modern, digital age, and have used our knowledge of social media to our advantage to achieve greater publicity for the organisation. We also used our knowledge to create higher news valued text to display on a more regular basis, which would reach a larger target market of the modern day. In addition, we were given a tutorial with the website Hootsuite, which, previously unbeknownst to us, allowed us to post to multiple websites at the same time, exponentially multiplying the publicity that a post could achieve.
We attended a few events over the week, including a community launch of Men in Sheds in Amersham, where we aided in the distribution of catering supplies, and engaged in photography. We also took a course about volunteering with vulnerable adults, where we learnt about risk assessment, listening skills and working alone. Finally, we also went out in the i-Van, a community vehicle where youth can try out music production and animation, along with other multimedia and practical crafts.
We designed flyers and leaflets using software to advertise new projects and websites, and also edited photos to include quotes from case studies and interviews in preparation for posting on social media in upcoming weeks. We also learnt basics about google analytics and website marketing strategy and design.
We have enjoyed our time at Community Impact Bucks so far and are looking forward to our final day tomorrow. We feel we have learnt many different skills and are now more confident in our lives as a result.
– Michael and Imogen