So I’m officially three weeks into the Agent Academy programme and the reality of the course is not exactly how I thought it was going to be, it’s in fact better!
Heading into the programme, I didn’t exactly know what it would entail, but like anyone, I did have my expectations. I suppose what I did envision was something similar to my experience at university, which in some ways scared me. For myself, I found the likes of long lectures and seminars to, at times, be boring. I pre-empted similarities before starting the programme but was quickly proven wrong.
Being a learner on Agent Academy, no two days or sessions are the same. It is very much action-led learning, which is something is didn’t expect but also something I much prefer! Already on the course we have completed sessions on how to create the perfect CV and LinkedIn profile, as well as delving deep into the depths of strategy. Not only have we had great learning sessions, but we’ve also had some amazing guest speaker sessions from professionals in the creative and digital industry. This has been hugely beneficial for my peers and I as it has given us the opportunity to not only find out what it is like to work in such a thriving industry but to build our networks for future opportunities.
Something I immediately loved about the programme is how practical it is. Every session the rest of my cohort and I are spilt into different groups where we get to work on various tasks together, have discussions and present our ideas back to the team. As a practical learner, this really benefits me. One of the first sessions we did on the course was discovering what our learning styles are and it was interesting to find out how all of us learn in different ways. After doing the quiz, I wasn’t surprised to find out that my learning style was Kinaesthetic. The meaning behind this session was to figure out what learning style works best for us all so that Emma, our programme facilitator, could cater to these ways of learning in the future sessions.
If education has taught me anything, it’s that I must always expect some form of coursework to do out of hours. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Agent Academy didn’t follow this rule and all work is done within our working hours. Personally, for me this is such a benefit, as I feel I work my best when I’m a workspace environment, rather than being at home and I find that the distinction between education and active industry-led training is clearly distinguished.
We are currently planning our final project with CGI, one of the largest IT and business consulting firms in the world. Our challenge with CGI is to engage with young people and public services to research and make recommendations on how data, information and digital enable an improvement in the quality and accessibility of public services to children and young adults. Admittedly, this is completely different to anything I’ve done in the past, but I can’t wait to see what skills and knowledge I can learn from working with such a big company like CGI.
Applying for Agent Academy was the right decision for me. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next 8 weeks bring, and of course seeing how our final project unfolds! In a short 4 weeks I already feel I know a lot more about the creative and marketing industry, and I am very excited to see where it will take me in the future.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last four weeks, it’s that reality can definitely be better than expectations!