What I Learnt From Doing Work Experience
A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to complete a week of work experience. Back in January, we were all told we would be able to have the week out of school to see what the working world is really like – the real working world (which is nothing like the part-time/weekend jobs most of us already have).
The concept of this week was really exciting to me. I didn’t (and still don’t) really know what I want to do with my life after sixth form and university – having a week in industry enabled me to see if I really enjoyed what I was doing or if it wasn’t for me.
Overall, the week was very beneficial, however, finding the placement wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. I can honestly say, as a 17 year-old, it was quite difficult to find somewhere that would take me on for just one week. I sent emails to companies but, unfortunately, I didn’t get much back from them. After a little bit of help from my dad, I managed to get a work experience placement in the Communications Team at eBay. I couldn’t wait to step foot in the big, exciting, (slightly daunting) company and actually see the work they do.
The people in the team, as well as the other people I met within eBay, were so friendly and welcoming throughout the whole week. I was quite glad of this in the somewhat unfamiliar environment. I got to witness lots of things that will benefit me in the future and I was given actual responsibility and jobs to complete, even though I was only doing work experience.
Throughout the week, I learnt a lot about the many jobs that make up a Communications Team as well as how the team works with other departments within the company. It was very interesting to learn not only about communications as a whole and all of the aspects within it, but also, seeing this specifically in the context of eBay as a leading company. It made me think about other possible careers that I hadn’t thought much about and made me narrow down the things I would enjoy out of a career and things I wouldn’t.
The week was very useful and enjoyable, and the concept of the week itself was important in helping to narrow down the types of jobs we might get in the future. It taught us all how to work and act in a job environment, as well as using our skills to get the placements in the first place. All of the things I learnt from doing work experience will be valuable in later life and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work for such an prominent and successful company – even if it was just for one week.