Over the last week we were thrilled to be joined by local student Kien Bennett, 15, in our office for a week of work experience.
Kien, who has an interest in IT and was keen to find out more about working in an office-based environment, had the following comments about his time here:
“Hello, my name is Kien and I have just experienced what a typical week looks like at Somerset Web Services. I got this great experience of witnessing what the world of work would look like and feel like due to my school’s work experience scheme.
I am currently taking part in my last day here, and I have loved every minute of it. I’m not going to lie to you as a reader, I was slightly scared walking into this office for the first day. This was due to getting out of my comfort zone and going to somewhere I have never been before. Within ten minutes of my placement, I was introduced to the team and then, in this short period of time, I was already hopeful and excited of what the week would have to offer.
Throughout the week I have been taught things that even my school doesn’t teach. During my first day my brain was already being filled with information. Every day I would be mentored and taught by Tim, after he taught me all of the things I would need to know, he then set me a task. This task would normally take me most of the remaining hours of the workday to do.
Talking about the work day – us work experience students have to work normal working hours, in my case I have to work from 9AM-5PM which I’m not used to. Everyday when I get home from my placement I check social media and see that all of my close friends are hating their placement and then you have me, LOVING IT!
So what have I learnt this week? I have learnt loads of programming techniques and languages including: PHP, HTML, CSS and even how to use WordPress.
If you or your child ever has the opportunity to apply for a work experience placement I would overwhelmingly recommend that they take that offer quickly so they can experience what I have be lucky enough this week due to my placement.
I would like to thank all of the staff at Somerset Web Services for making this week really enjoyable for me, and for teaching me things I haven’t learnt before.”
Lead Developer Chris Green had the following comments:
“It’s been great having Kien in the office this week with us – he has flown through all of the work that we prepared for him. We have been impressed by his professional manner throughout and how he has shown a real desire to learn. We all enjoyed his company and wish him well for the future.”