The EP Team spoke to two students about their experience with WEA….
Gabrielle Lafaix, from the School of European Culture and Languages, earned 175 points from a variety of creative inspired activities including conferences and workshops. Gabrielle used those points to secure work experience with WEA working with their social media department.
The placement provided Gabrielle with first-hand, professional experience in digital marketing being responsible for drafting social media posts to inspire WEA students to book on their courses, alongside researching other organisations to create a campaign to encourage people to subscribe. Furthermore, she planned and designed a 2-week social media campaign highlighting how getting involved with the WEA can benefit people’s wellbeing.
“One thing in particular I liked is that most of the tasks required me to be creative. For the social media posts, I had to find different subjects that could appeal to people in order to make the WEA brand stand out. I also had to come up with ideas on how they could improve their strategy, comparing to some of their competitors. It was both interesting and challenging.”
Jonathan Gardener also undertook social media work experience with WEA. A digital marketing postgraduate from Kent Business School, Jonathan earned 225 points by being actively involved with the Global Skills Award, undertaking a Bright Network internship and several Careers and Employability Service skills workshops.
Jonathan’s role at WEA involved Facebook auditing, copywriting, scheduling posts and survey writing/advice. He had this to say about his experience:
“Volunteering definitely looks good – even the small amount I’ve done and what I did on it has already been commented on positively for an opportunity I’ve had, so I’m glad I did it and it’s the first experience I’ve had using skills I’ve learned on my course.”
WEA generously provided work experience opportunities for eight EP students, more information about them can be found here.