What I Learned from my Work Experience at SkeletonBy Ben Metcalf | 2:50 PM on June 15, 2015
The idea of work experience never appealed to me that much. To me, it just seemed like a way for school to get rid of their pupils for a week. Most of the comments I heard about work experience from older pupils weren't very inspiring. When it was time to organise my own work experience, I asked a few companies, but nothing came from it. I started to lose hope.
However, my spririts were lifted when my step-dad said he had a friend who worked at a business that offered my dream job. After a few emails back and forth, the sentence I was waiting for arrived: "We'd love to have you for your work experience week."
And, after this week, I have a job to aspire to.
My experience at Skeleton has given me a look at the good, positive and fun side of work that would make all my time at school worth it. I have learned so many amazing things and skills that I actually enjoyed practicing, such as:
- how to storyboard from a script;
- efficient ways to research data and other things involved in creating a video;
- how shoots are set up and filmed;
- how to edit a short video, including B-roll and music;
- and what it's like to work from 9 to 5:30!
The best bit is that all these things are involved in my ideal job. I enjoyed learning about all aspects of making video, and I will continue to use what I've learned for the remainder of my school years (and beyond).
The worst part about this week is that after it I have seven weeks of school left. While my friends will probably talk about how boring their work experience was, I can proudly say that I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Skeleton - and wish I had another week here, as it's such a kind and enjoyable work place.
Everyone made me feel really welcome and assigned me work that was fun, challenging, and gave me a real taste of what it's like to work at Skeleton. I felt I had a purpose, and was never put in isolation with a meaningless task. I felt like I was part of the team and not an outsider.
Not to mention, the location was also beautiful, with a very homely office. Plus the technology I used was perfect and up-to-date (which is a nice change from my school)! It was a strange but fun experience for me as my first time using a dual monitor setup.
From my first day, everyone made me feel really welcome and part of the team for the week I was there. I was given a true look at work life, from the actual work, to the equipment I used, to the normal work hours. In fact, they gave me a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day - it did feel like a real job!
There are many things I will take away from my week, most importantly that I should appreciate my time in school and work hard for my dream job. It's one of the ways I will enjoy the majority of my adulthood, so I should be prepared to work hard for it.
I cannot thank Skeleton enough for one of the best weeks I've had. They really assured me that work - and having a job - is not as bad as most adults say, as long as you have a job that you really enjoy and wonderful people around you. Work can be great, and so was my work experience.