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.
“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.”
“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.”