My week at the Voice

June 22 2017

In Bristol every summer term, Year 10 school pupils leave school for a week and gain work experience with different companies. A few of my friends from Redland Green School have done it - one revisited her primary school (Westbury Park), one went to Mojo Active and another helped out at Southmead Hospital.

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In Bristol every summer term, Year 10 school pupils leave school for a week and gain work  experience with different companies. A few of my friends from Redland Green School have done it - one revisited her primary school (Westbury Park), one went to Mojo Active and another helped out at Southmead Hospital.

 Choosing what work experience to do (and actually getting a response) is difficult. I have never known which career path I would like to follow; however, I do know which subjects I enjoy at school, making the choice slightly easier. I chose to explore what goes on at Voice Press Ltd, the newspaper group behind the Bishopston Voice, because not only do I like English lessons, but I currently do a paper round for them. And, on top of that, my mum works here!  

I arrived at the offices in Keynsham on the week of June 12 and the first ‘colleague’ that I met was May - a friendly dog who enjoys barking at newcomers. After I had met everybody else, my first task was to sort tons of papers in order by date. Not surprisingly, this was quite easy, and it was even better knowing that my friends were in school working hard instead! 

 During the next few days, I did a mixture of using Twitter, posting letters and sorting out the What’s On pages in two of the papers. The outcome was worth it, but I repeated the same conversation on the phone so many times that everyone was expecting me to be saying it in my sleep. 

Thursday was slightly different than the previous days as I worked with my mum at home; I found out telephone numbers and email addresses for her, wrote part of this article and went to Gloucester Road to ask companies for details about their cafes and took pictures. It was a nice change and, as a bonus, the weather was beautiful.  

I finished my previous work on Friday, posted some letters (after getting lost on the way to the Post Office), helped check adverts were correctly placed in the paper and had my fair share of scares from May. 

 Overall, I enjoyed my work experience, mostly because it was quite different to school; the amount of work was a drastic change for the better, and most importantly, I was taken by surprise at the incredibly minimal stress I had. It was definitely a rewarding experience.

 

 

 Lucy Thomas