Students finally join us for their in-person work experience placement

We recently welcomed two students from The Weald School for a week of in-person work experience.

Since the pandemic hit in 2019, students have found it increasingly difficult to secure a valuable work experience placement and, according to a study by YouGov for The Sutton Trust, over 60% of employers have cancelled their work experience opportunities. We recognise that it is still important for students under the age of 18 to have the opportunity to benefit from a productive placement.

After missing out on the chance to partake in previous work experience opportunities due to Covid-19, Year 12 students Laura Sawyer and Sarah Graham spent the week learning about the world of marketing.

Spending each day with a different department, Laura and Sarah were able to gain a practical insight into the inner workings of a full-service marketing agency. The week began with a quick tour of our newly-expanded office, before five days of being mentored by the staff in our social media, public relations and copywriting, account management, digital marketing, and graphic design departments.

Laura commented:

“I was hoping in Year 10 to come to PMW for work experience, but after all the interruptions with the pandemic and lockdown I wasn’t able to. That’s why I appreciate it even more now. It’s great to get the chance to be in the office and get the full in-person experience.”

Sarah added:

“I am so happy that PMW has been able to offer such a valuable placement to help me gain the experience I need – it has been such a rewarding experience. Lots of students have gone for work experience and been given the job of drinks-making or filing, so I feel really lucky to have been able to work in so many departments.”

Our MD Peter Sutton said:

“Last year we were able to provide a virtual work experience opportunity for local students, but welcoming Laura and Sarah to the office for an in-person placement has been fantastic. We have staff members who had terrible work experiences when they were younger, so we ensure the time students spend with us is valuable, and I hope that our guidance has inspired an interest in a future in the marketing industry.”

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