Work Experience at The Scrappers
Over the last week, 2nd of May 2017 to the 5th of May 2017, I have been on a work placement at The Scrappers, which was set up by Bolton College. As an IT student I was given the opportunity to gain some experience in the IT Department of a Scrapyard. During this last week I have developed new skills, learnt some new things and have expanded on skills I already had.
What am I taking away from this experience?
From this week I’ve learnt multiple new skills and developed some old ones. For example, I now know how the back-end of a website works and how to modify any existing content as well as create any new content, like blogs. I also learnt how to index a webpage on Google, as well as optimizing a website to be at the top of the search results for a specific keyword. Other skills that I developed on where working as a team, for when I interviewed the motor vehicle students about what they were doing to then write a blog about them on The Scrappers website. I also developed skills with PC components as I replaced the RAM in the system I was using from 1GB to 4GB, which improved the performance of the system significantly as well as the fact that i optimized Windows 7 and increased the speeds before even adding more RAM to help run programs more fluently. Another skill I developed on was with advertising with graphical content, I designed 3 advertisements, in Photoshop, for The Scrappers, all of them advertising a different service that is being offered to the customers. As well as developing new skills and some old ones, I have learnt about what it is like in a hard working environment.
How I felt working at The Scrappers for a week
Before I arrived on May the 2nd, I was nervous and about doing the work experience. I was unsure on what I was going to be doing and what the environment was going to be like. Once I arrived, I asked the reception about where I was meant to go and they gave me the directions to where I had to go. Once I got to the area I was going to be working in, everybody there was friendly and greeted me and the other students who were also doing some kind of work experience at The Scrappers. Dave went over all of the health and safety procedures, what to do in certain situations and went over some risk assessments. After all of the signing and listening I felt much more comfortable and felt ready to work on what ever was to be set for us to do. Each day i’d comeback i’d feel slightly more confident and comfortable in the working environment. It was a good environment to work in and I always felt welcome.
Staff at The Scrappers
What I did for each day
For the first day of my placement, I got to introduce myself in a unique way, though a blog on The Scrappers website. I talked about who I am and what I am doing at college and what I thought of The Scrappers and what I was going to be doing for the rest of the week. Following up on that blog, we then went and interviewed the motor vehicle students about what they were doing at college and what jobs they have to do for that day. I then wrote a blog about them both on The Scrappers website. After those tasks, I was pretty much done for the first day.
My second day, the 3rd of May, we created a WordPress page, which is where we were going to post the blogs about The Scrappers and what they have to offer. We both wrote two blogs each for the WordPress page, I wrote one about used car parts, and the other about used car engines in Greater Manchester. After completing these blogs, we indexed the pages on Google, so if you were to search up any of the keywords or titles you’d be able to see the site show up in the search results, and are closer to the top, depending on the relevance. After doing all of this, I optimized the system I was using, and added more RAM to the system to increase the speeds of the system. After that I was done for the day.
On the third day, the 4th of May, I wrote two more blogs and did research on the how to scrap a car and how much money you could get from scrapping your car. I got to work on the back-end of a different site which is linked to The Scrappers, Any Car Bought For Cash, on there I wrote a blog about for scrapping your car and a second blog for the prices you could get for scrapping your car and each components. I also did some research about what the competitors to The Scrappers had to offer and looked for what they did to be ranked higher than The Scrappers on the Google index.
For the final day of my placement, the 5th of May, I designed 3 different advertisements for The Scrappers in Photoshop. Each following the same style whilst each having a unique look which sets them apart from each other. One poster was for Scrapping your car, another was for used parts for your vehicles and the last one was for used car engines which The Scrappers have to offer. And finally i’m writing this final blog to summarize my experience at The Scrappers.
Overall this whole experience has been very good, there are ways it could of been better but it also could of been much worse, like not learning any new skills at all or gaining any useful experience to put down on your CV. From this experience I now have a better understand of websites and how everything is shared and advertised. I now know what it’s like to be in a working environment and actually do tasks which help give exposure to the company as well as help me learn and develop new skills. I am happy with the experience I have gained from the past week and i’m looking forward to seeing what these new skills and this whole experience can take me in the future.