1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involves: -Content manager for Twitter and Facebook Business accounts. -Creating original content across all channels. -Competent use of Adobe After Effects. -Competent use of Adobe Premiere Pro. - Working within deadlines and managing time effectively. - Working with a team and having the ability to share ideas. - Ability to analyse insights and create plans from them.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- Learnt how to use a camera. - Learnt how to use specialist software to edit and create videos. - Gained more confidence in myself and the skills use on a day to day basis. - Learnt how to put my knowledge into practise, for example learning how to target audiences and create adverts. - Developed my public speaking skills by doing presentations infant of colleagues.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed my programme, it has improved my confidence and taught me valuable skills I can use in the workplace. It has also gave me lots of skills that I can now put on my CV. The programme has taught me a wider range of topics than I thought, for example SEO for websites, keyword optimisation and using ads manager to create user specific adverts for social channels.
4. How valued do you feel by The Juice Academy?
The Juice Academy are always on hand to sort out any problems that have arisen during the course. I have been supported whenever I have felt stressed or needed additional support. The Juice Academy want you to succeed, an improvement I feel would them to work closer with Total people, tailoring sessions to our individual needs and weak spots. This is the long run would help us to develop further.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course has been well mapped out and the lesson schedule has been followed throughout the 12 months. I would like to see more learning based trips and activities to make the lessons more fun as sometimes I lost focus. When starting the course I was told it was not going to be like college, however I still feel like there is that college sort of set up and feel to it, which could be changed by what activities we did in each session.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have received good support where I have needed it throughout the course, they are always looking on how they can improve sessions for future learners. Total people have also been extremely helpful in communicating with us regularly to check if we were doing okay. As mentioned previously I would of liked to have seen more communication between Juice and Total people, as sometimes it seemed there was a lack of communication and questions were being missed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer has supported me throughout my course, helping me wherever needed in relation to both working life and coursework. They created a detailed plan for me, which included areas which I could improve each month and ways I could challenge myself further. Again I think that regular communication from juice with the employer would have also been beneficial to maybe discuss progress and successes. My employer wasn't updated with things that I had learnt or achieved.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
To the end of my apprenticeship I was struggling with the cost of running my car and other living costs, however it is manageable. I liked the idea of the bonus at the end as it gave us something to work towards. I think that we, even as apprentices should get discounts like other students, such as being allowed to go on UNIDAYS as we are still learning like everyone else and are still in education. The free 28 day bus pass was really good and I would like to see a permanent discount on travel costs, as they are very expensive!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, I regularly get send opportunities to do live tweeting events and attend conferences that may be of interest too me. I attended one during my apprenticeship but nobody attended from juice so I felt like we received a lack of support, however it is a great addition to my CV and my employer was happy that I had gained outside experience and used my own initiative. I would like to see more opportunities like freelance roles, so then we can earn a little extra money along with our salary and bonus.
9. Would you recommend The Juice Academy to a friend?
Good support network and provided me with skills needed to move on and develop further.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to The Juice Academy?
Just be yourself and make sure you are clear on what you would like to achieve.
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