My Lightfoot Work Experience – Ellie Whitehead

As someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time in huge buildings, surrounded by the bustle of the workplace, I admit I felt rather out of place upon entering the Lightfoot building. Walking up the steps to where I would be working for the week, I wasn’t really sure about what, or who, I was going to be faced with. However, once I reached the top and heard the light-hearted murmuring of people around me, the atmosphere instantly put me at ease. It’s an interesting thing, how much reassurance a simple smile can provide for someone. So, happening across an entire room of beaming strangers was surprisingly comforting – despite how weird it sounds.

Of course, day one was the “settling in” day, as I did bits and bobs here and there, trying to work out what my role was going to be. There was the added struggle of being introduced to people and then avoiding addressing them directly after forgetting their names. When doing work experience, you would usually expect to spend your time shadowing the people around you as they go about their day. So, when I was allowed to actually write something for Lightfoot, I was both surprised and delighted (being the nerd that I am). Of course, with the majority of those around me having the most part of 10 years, if not more, on me, what I wrote certainly didn’t go unedited. While I enjoy writing things, I definitely wouldn’t say my 15-year-old style writing is quite up to scratch when it comes to an ever-growing and developing company. However, even the idea that what was put out was based around something that I had written was a huge accomplishment for me.

By day two I had worked up the courage to maintain a conversation with someone for more than five seconds, which certainly made getting through the day a tad easier. I continued to write the odd article for the company, and those who read through what I wrote continued to try their hardest not to make me cry with their critiques. There was some manual labour involved as well (by which I mean I had to fold some cardboard boxes).

Bam. Day three. I think this was the day I realised just how supportive the people around me were. No matter how many times you are told to ask people if you need anything, it’s always a struggle until you realise it for yourself- or that’s what I find anyway. So, after a certain amount of emails that the people around me received and patiently read, edited, gave feedback on etc, I realised that they wouldn’t hate me if I asked questions about things.

Day four, more commonly known as Thursday. I had the odd researching task, going online and gathering information like the computer wizard I am. As someone who enjoys having a set task to focus on, regardless of whether or not other people consider it boring, I enjoyed typing up a recorded interview. I am aware this sounds unusual, but I like being able to just get in the zone and do things.

The final day of work experience. I like to think by this point I had sussed out the “vibe” of the Lightfoot workplace. Everyone is supportive of each other, which means they’re able to communicate far better and ultimately achieve their goals quicker than other companies may find possible. Work experience is usually used so that those who are coming up to leave school the following year can have an understanding of what the work environment will be like. With this in mind, I may not have had the typical experience, as this was no typical workplace. However, what I did learn is what kind of job I would like to have when I leave school. I can only hope that I will be able to work with a company that not only has the same awesome work ethic, but also the same level of support between the team. So, consider this a massive thankyou to Lightfoot, and specifically the Marketing department, for being so welcoming and inspiring 😊