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My week's work experience with the marketing team

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a week's work experience with York College & University Centre's Marketing Team? Well, Emma Park, a Year 10 pupil from Joseph Rowntree, kindly agreed to write a blog all about her placement with us earlier this month...

I chose to come to York College for work experience because I am interested in interior design and graphics, so I was able to join the Marketing Team for a week because I enjoy graphics because its limitless and you can just have so much fun being creative.

Furthermore, it seemed like a viable choice to help me in the future and was a useful work placement.

Everyone in the office was very welcoming and helpful and I had a really good time in the office creating, designing, and watching them work their magic.

I hope to do Further Education here after secondary school so getting a promising idea of where everything is and seeing what this career is like to see which course I want to do was very helpful.

I would be interested in a marketing career because I think its interesting and quite fun.

This is because it's challenging but creative and I work best in a creative environment and thrive in a deadline-driven environment.

Here is what I did and learned during my one-week placement...

Day 1

My first day started off with a tour around the college with a fellow work experience student.

I then set up my computer with everything I would need for the next set of days.

I looked through the new and old York College prospectuses and wrote down notes - things I liked, things I thought could be improved.

In the afternoon I did a job for Katy.

I put certificates in envelopes for students who had won them.

This was a fun job just because it was quite simple and relaxing.

Day 2

On my second day I was introduced to Adobe After Effects.

I was given a brief lesson on the basics and was shown an example of something the college was working on for the Open Event coming up.

I went ahead and created my own motion graphics picture.

It wasn’t particularly good, but I had a fun time making it and just messing around creating whatever.

I was given a few more tips so next time I can get better and improve.

Below is a screenshot of my motion graphic.

The fish and squiggly blocks slide to the right across the screen.

Day 3

On my third day I was introduced to InDesign.

I was given another brief lesson on the basics and a few top tips.

I was asked to try to design an Open Event poster for the college to attract more students to come along and enrol.

I had lots of fun doing this because I was getting to know InDesign whilst playing about on it creating a poster.

Day 4

On my fourth day I went to do a fashion story for the website with Charlotte.

We watched a couple of students present their dresses during presentations.

I really enjoyed this because it was a collab with Fairfax House and I loved looking at the pictures from the house because it has a lot of character.

Furthermore, I was very interested in their designs and dresses because it was fascinating how they turned their visions into real pieces of clothing.

Charlotte then took pictures of the students with their designs and showed me how she improves her pictures and how she­­­­ would upload them to a blog on the York College website.

In the afternoon I changed the poster slightly, filed a few things and chatted with the team in the office.

Day 5

On the fifth day I went outside to hang up a sign with Dave and Katy which was fun.

After that, I started writing my blog.

Just before lunch I went with Dave to interview a student who had won an award which was quite inspiring.

In the afternoon I finished my blog.

The favourite part of my work experience was probably going to do the fashion story and watching the presentations because it looks like quite a fun and interesting course. I also enjoyed making the poster and chatting to the team.

I would recommend York College for work experience because if you plan to go to college it's nice to start early.

Also, I would recommend it for students because there are many choices on how you can continue your education and a wide range of course choices.

Thank you for your brilliant blog, Emma, from all of us in the Marketing Team. It was a pleasure to have you working with us and you're welcome back anytime. We're also enjoying the chocolates you gave us!