Work experience over Zoom? Here's how to make it a success

A talk by Sue Keogh
Founder, Sookio

12 November 2021, 01:00 PM

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Why help one person when you can help twenty?

Digital marketing agency founder Sue Keogh shares her learnings from running a second year of remote work experience for students around the UK, giving them valuable industry experience at a time when young people face enormous challenges in gaining work placements.

In this session you’ll learn: - How to plan a week of remote work experience - Valuable activities to keep people engaged over video calls - What to do before, during and after - How to create value for the people taking part - Accompanying activities and handouts - Why remote work experience makes you a more inclusive organisation

How did it start? One Monday in August 2020, feeling frustrated by A Level chaos and the challenges faced by younger people in the early stages of their careers, digital marketing agency founder Sue Keogh had an idea. She’d been talking to a student interested in work experience – but putting it off because it was difficult to organise with the team working remotely.

But how about turning this obstacle into an opportunity, and create something which could benefit a large group of people?

Two social media posts and even days later, at 9am the following Monday twenty students were sat there ready and waiting on Zoom for a week of remote work experience to begin: Sookio Bootcamp. Across the course of the week we had 17 video calls, Q&A with seven team members about their roles, real-life creative briefs, and training in blogging in boosting your LinkedIn profile. On the Friday we ran a CV clinic, and the following week published blog posts from the students and turned some of their ideas into promos for social media – giving them valuable content for their portfolios.

The outcome We were delighted to hear how many students went on to land dream roles following on from Bootcamp week, and told us it was partly down to their experiences with Sookio.

Fast forward to August 2021 and we did it all again! We'd love to share with you what we learned and give the Digital Leaders audience tips on doing it yourselves. Please steal these ideas and apply them within your own organisations!

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