My name’s Olivia, I’m 17 years old and this week I have been on a work experience placement with The Woman’s Organisation Marketing team! I have learnt so much these past few days, and I’ve been given opportunities that I might not have had otherwise, such as attending courses and events, designing artwork, and interacting with the community through many social media platforms. Here’s what I did these past few days..
One of the first things I did was find relevant news stories online and shared them to the WO twitter account (@TheWomensOrg). Over the week, I shared articles on the Women’s Wimbledon team, many social and economic issues, and info about the WO (courses and events). It was incredibly eye-opening to see the response to the posts.
This gave me the opportunity to use multiple social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and observe how each platform has it’s own target audience – which is exactly the kind of experience I was hoping for to support my studies.
Courses & Events
On Wednesday I attended The WO Skills & Strengths course, led by one of our team members Bea. The course is to aid personal development and build confidence, helping women to identify their own strengths through several group activities. It was heart-warming to see all these women open up about their own experiences and exchanging contacts to help each other with their situations. I am so grateful to have been a part of the group and would recommend any of The WO courses to people looking for a safe space to develop their skills.
Throughout the week, the team and I prepared for the Summer Social event that was hosted on Thursday evening. The event was a huge success with many new and familiar faces attending. The guests brought their own business cards and flyers and shared their unique start-up stories. Along with setting up for the event, I was given the task to come up with an icebreaker which everyone took part in. It was a great way to start up conversations and learn interesting facts about others attending the event as this was my first time at a networking event.
Tying into the social media, I was asked to design some artwork using Canva to promote courses and create possible business card ideas. I loved this task as it gave me the opportunity to be creative and try out the different WO designs to be used across their promotional platforms. It was also so rewarding to see my own work being used to promote one of their upcoming courses, Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset!
This past week of work experience at The Women’s Organisation has been such a rewarding experience, the whole team has been incredibly helpful and supportive, and I have definitely made the most out of my time here. If anyone else is considering The WO for work experience, personal development, or business development, my advice is do it!
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