Students take part in Tech, Advertising, Journalism & Financial placements

15 March 2018

Students at the BSI Group placement in Milton Keynes


Over the Spring, students from across the UK attended work placements as part of Speakers For School’s work experience programme, S4SNextGen. A variety of placements were on offer across a diverse range of sectors, including SalesforceM&G Investments, M&C Saatchi, Event Magazine, Bank of England, UK Parliament and BSI Group. Here are some of the highlights.

Leading global cloud computing company, Salesforce welcomed 16-year-old Tasmiya into their Strategy and Operations team for a week’s work experience during the February half term break. Tasmiya spent her week shadowing different members of the team, attending meetings and undertaking mini research projects. She also had the opportunity to talk to her new colleagues about their best career tips and advice as well as learning more about the variety of roles on offer within the organisation and the wider industry. Tasmiya said that she was able to build on her time management, organisation, presentation and teamwork skills during her placements.

“Everybody helped me with advice about careers and their various career streams. It was really interesting to see the various routes.”

Tasmiya on her placement at Salesforce

Mail on Sunday – Event Magazine
The Event Magazine team within the Mail on Sunday newspaper was the venue for 16 year old student, Buse, during her one week work experience. Buse was able to experience the day to day life of a busy editorial office and participate in various tasks, giving her a better understanding of what it’s like to be an editor.

Reflecting on her week, Buse commented how inclusive and welcoming her hosts were and how they made her feel like she was ‘part of the team’.

”I really enjoyed my time here…Talent exists in people from all backgrounds. We are the future and with encouragement we can land somewhere like here.”

Buse on her placement at Event Magazine

M&G Investments
17 students from 7 secondary state schools, spent the week shadowing different teams at M&G Investments. During the week, students sat in on real meetings, attended a CV and interview masterclass, and learnt how to research and deliver a presentation effectively. Students commented how the experience positively changed their perceptions of the financial sector; many noting how friendly and hospitable the team was.

As Daisy, 15 said: ”Seeing people from a similar background as me work in this industry is very surprising and inspiring. It has made me consider a career at M&G!”

Bill, 15 said: “The most helpful part for me was the 1 on 1 meetings with everyone in the team and getting to know their career history. It taught me about the mistakes they made and the good decisions they made.”

Students were hard at work on their M&G Placement

M&C Saatchi
Next, to M&C Saatchi where Maahira and Alice were able to experience what it’s like to work at the world’s largest advertising and creative agency network. Working on a competitor review as their project brief, both students were able to try their hand at ‘real work’ at the agency. Both students eloquently presented back their research findings to their hosts at the end of the week.

When asked what three words best describes the placement with M&C Saatchi, Maahira, 16 replied: ”Fun, insightful and open-minded.”

Alice, 16 commented: ”Without S4SNextGen, I wouldn’t have had the chance to come here…I don’t have access to big work experience programmes like this.”

Both students were surprised by the sociable atmosphere at the offices and spoke about how their placement had changed their opinion about the world of work.

We asked Tabby Powell-Tuck, Account Manager at M&C Saatchi how she had found the experience as a host. Tabby commented:

”The girls have been fantastic. It was must’ve been daunting to come into a buzzing, big agency. However, it’s been amazing to watch the students grow and become so much more confident. I was blown away by how brilliant they were at presenting and how confident, chatty and smiley they became by the end of the week. It was a lovely thing to watch happen.”

Maahira and Alice at the end of their placement

We would like to say a big thank you to all the employers who hosted and to the students for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment.

Interested in how you could offer work experience for state school students but not sure where to start? Please get in touch today!

S4SNextGen is a free programme to help support better links between top employers and state schools to connect their students with invaluable opportunities such as work experience. If you are a Speaker or HR/CSR professional interested in further engaging with state school students, please get in touch with us for more information.

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