My Marketing Debuts 2021 Bootcamp experience
I’m Jasmine – new to The Industry Club.
I’m going to be responsible for creating, planning and executing marketing activity for The Industry Club, The Industry School and the Marketing Debuts apprenticeship scheme.
I’m also on the Marketing Debuts Social and Digital Community Management apprenticeship programme. I chose this scheme because it will allow me to develop the creative skills I already have, while learning more about social media management and marketing.
Before arriving here, I worked at Creative Process Digital in Brighton, where I assisted students with their learning on a digital skills programme. It gave me great transferrable skills which I can now bring to my apprenticeship.
I have just finished the Marketing Debuts Bootcamp which is a one-week intensive programme provided by The Industry Club and The Opportunity Group. Here, we learned the fundamental workplace and employment skills which will prepare us for our roles. The week consisted of group activities, guest speakers from the industry and opportunities to learn more about our apprenticeship programmes. We got to meet our trainers, Blaise and Jamie, who took us through us our first module, ‘The 101 of social media’. And we met Tracey Cousins, the learning and development coach who will personally mentor us in the year ahead.
I felt that I learnt so much about myself on the bootcamp. Our first day was an opportunity to meet everyone on the course and get familiar with one another, which was so insightful. Even though it was all via Zoom, it was so lovely to mix with likeminded people and learn more about what they’ll be doing in their roles.
The many group activities we did allowed us to explore our similarities and differences. We also took part in some questionnaires and tests which enabled us to learn more about our personality types and the way we work best, individually and with one another. My favourite test was the Belbin test, which we completed on Day 2. My results revealed that I’m a completer/ finisher. This means that I’m a bit of a perfectionist and am able to identify errors well. The other tests I completed gave me similar results. It was really useful for me to get this overview of my working style and my personality type, (it’s ENFJ-A). ‘ENFJ represents an individual who is Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judging. This indicates that they are a person who is energised by spending time with others, who focuses on ideas and concepts, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be planned and organised’. – The Career Project’
Another highlight of my bootcamp experience was the appearance of the guest speakers. Previous Marketing Debuts apprentices joined our call, shared their experiences gave us some tips. It was great to be able to ask them about how they dealt with their workloads and how they structure their days with the off-the-job training. One guest speaker who made a particular impact on me was Daryl Fielding, CEO of the Marketing Academy Foundation. Daryl was really informative and engaging in her delivery as she spoke about the importance of brands.
I’m so excited for what’s in store for me and can’t wait to put what I learnt from bootcamp into practice.