Welcome to my life.
I’ve never been great at introducing myself but here we go.
Hi all, I’m Sarah, a 20 year old from Chester-Le-Street. I’m currently completing my Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business at Gateshead College.
To get to know me a bit better personally, I’m basically a big kid at heart and I have a huge passion for film and television, my perfect day out is a trip to the cinema and my DVD/Blu-ray collection is pretty impressive! I love anything involving Marvel, DC, Disney, Sci-fi, Hilary Duff (not ashamed) and Steve Carrel.
Whilst I was growing up my ambition was to be a pop star, embarrassingly enough this confession has been caught on tape when I was 6 so there’s no point in denying it! As I got older my life was all about sport, so I then decided I wanted to be a PE teacher!
After I finished my GCSE’s I saw Gateshead College had a vacancy as a Sports Apprentice at their Academy for Sport campus, it was perfect for me!
I worked there for 18 months and as it was my first proper job, I was extremely nervous and quiet. Everyone made me feel right at home and whilst it was very challenging at times, it was so much fun and a great experience. I’ve made friends there that I’ll keep for a lifetime.
In the last 6 months of my Sports Apprenticeship I took more of a media route and started producing promotion videos for the college, interviews, updating their social media channels etc. It was by this point that as much as I enjoyed coaching and working in the sport industry, my main calling was Digital Media.
I started working alongside the Marketing team who are based at the Baltic Campus and by the end of it I had the opportunity to do an Advanced Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing with the Marketing team!
After working for 12 months with the Marketing team I’m really excited to expand my career and find a position as a Digital Marketing Assistant.
A day in the life of a Digital Marketing apprentice
So as I said previously I’m currently doing a Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business with Gateshead College’s marketing team.
The exciting part about my job is usually no week is like the other! I have to travel around different campuses and locations to capture interesting content for the social media channels.
If I have a day in the office then I will always start my morning off with checking the Gateshead College social networking channels. This is to check any enquiries that could have come through over-night or anything that needs to be shared by people who’ve mentioned us.
Then my day can vary from writing articles for the website, taking photographs of students for stories, updating the Gateshead College Academy for Sport website, scheduling tweets/posts for the social networking sites and checking the social networking analytics.
BUT like I said before, no week is like the other! I have found myself in some fun but strange situations! At Christmas time, I and Carly (Marketing Apprentice) volunteered to help with some charity work for Cash for Kids within the college. What we didn’t realise is that this meant dressing up as elves for the day! It was embarrassing but ended up being a laugh and got us in the Christmas mood!
A day out the office
Gateshead College are partners with Metro Radio which means we have a big involvement with their Million Pounds of Work campaign. The Million Pounds of Work campaign is about helping people of the North East find a job and our region’s employers the right candidates.
I was assigned to control and plan the social media for the Gateshead College social media channels in relation to the campaign. I’ve been able to work with Metro Radio a few times before and their breakfast show hosts Steve and Karen through my job but this was a fantastic opportunity for me!
Metro Radio had a Jobs Bus touring the North East to promote the campaign. I attended both days of the Jobs Bus when it visited South Shields and Newcastle. Sadly it was in the middle of January so of course with it being the North East, it felt like the Antarctic!
The two days consisted of advertising our apprenticeship vacancies, talking about our full-time courses and training, also working in partnership with the other companies that were involved like Job Centre Plus.
I also had the job of updating the social media channels whilst I was on the bus to let everyone know what was happening. I got to take lots of photographs and a few short interviews with Steve and Karen to upload to Facebook.
It was great fun with the Gateshead College team and Metro Radio despite the weather! (Typical North East).
So I think by now you’ve realised that my job is extremely varied.
One of the most exciting parts of my job has been the people I’ve been able to meet!
Due to Gateshead College’s fantastic links and partnerships, I’ve been able to meet AND work with the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes (Olympic gold medallist), Nicola Adams (Olympic gold medallist), Robbie Grabarz (Olympic bronze medallist), Lil Chris (Singer), Harry Styles (is there a description needed?), George Groves (British super middleweight boxing champion) and Steve and Karen (Metro Radio Breakfast Show hosts).
I’ve worked the closest with Dame Kelly Holme’s due to her ‘Kelly Holmes Education’ partnership with Gateshead College. I’ve attended majority of her sessions with the students to photograph and video for the social media channels. This also led to her bringing along Nicola Adams for her programme introduction.
I’ve even travelled away to Britannia Stadium with her to watch the Women’s Football Academy play their cup final. She was extremely supportive of our student’s success.
Meeting Harry Styles was a huge surprise! I came into work and about 10am we got a phone call to say Harry’s personal trainer had been on the phone and wanted to use our Academy for Sport facilities to train before One Direction’s concert in Newcastle that night. Of course I had to go along for a fantastic photo opportunity!
Sadly I’m not a One Direction fan myself but he was genuinely very nice and polite to everyone, he signed loads of materials and was happy to get plenty of photographs after his training session. I feel guilty for the amount of girls who would of killed to be in my position! Sorry!