Walking into the office, It was not what I expected. Instead of grey suits, clunky computers, and cubicles, it was apples all along the edges of the room, the latest trends plastered over the walls and on the girls who worked there.
For work experience, I was placed with Brisbane’s own Style magazine. It was an incredible experience. For five days I talked and worked with digital editors, photographers, journalists, publishers and editors. It was amazing.
Day 1 I was introduced to everybody and got some pretty menial jobs to do, like filing. Of course, I had previously been told to expect this as they didn’t know me, didn’t know how I worked and would most likely not want to offer me harder jobs and asks in case I totally blotched them. However, day 1 was the last day I was asked to do filing.
Day 2, things started getting interesting after I was invited to go out on a restaurant review. I got to try dish after dish in a 60’s cigar themed hotel restaurant and bar. It was divine. It was also the first time I had ever tried scollops, quail and duck. I got to see how to journalist approached the angle and the types of questions they would ask. I also got to see just how many photo’s a photographer takes just to get the perfect shot! I also learnt that these girls were rockstars because I have no idea how they managed to drive the car in 6 inch heels.
Day 3, I was asked to write my first mock story. I was given some research, the founder’s website, a press release and a computer. I got to work immediately, researching every little thing possible, drafting up questions I could answer. I worked most of the morning on this piece. It was about a charity called Mindful in May. A charity that helps you through a month of meditation whilst you get sponsored. I finished the article and had a journalist read it. I was extremely excited when the journalist liked it and said she’d try and get it published!
Day 4, I was given another article to write. This one on the charity Camp Quality, raising money for kids with cancer. I was also asked to do some other jobs as well. I found that as I continued doing jobs and as I talked more to the people, I got harder, more responsible things to do. Which was absolutely fine! The more the merrier when it comes to getting as much experience right? More responsibility was placed on my shoulders and I tried my very hardest to work my best and most fastest to get the job done.
By Day 5, I knew I was going to miss work experience. And not only because each day I would get lunch from the bakery or the fact that the little coffee shop on the corner had amazing coffee and a real hot guy with an irish accent. Putting all those (pretty wonderful) things to the side, work experience was pretty darn fun. I learnt a lot, got a better understanding of the work and what would be expected of me in the future. And if I were you, I would defiantly sign up for a work experience now. I know some schools may not offer it or maybe you’ve never even heard of it, but ask your guidance counsellor or your year level coordinator if they can do anything to help and if not, I’m sure you can figure it out, because it really is worth it. And plus, it looks great on your resume! So here is my account of work experience and I hope you can one day have one of your own.
- Nellie Baker ©