By Anna Skentelbery, Pearson Business School student
Last week I attended the first day of a three day course with industry partner Three, the mobile telecoms giant, called 'Reimagined Learning'. I was lucky enough to be selected as one of four students from across the country to attend after entering a challenge on the 'My Kinda Future' website. The brief for the challenge was simple – just write up to 500 words about why you want to be selected; I formatted my piece as a letter to Jackson (the purple Three muppet mascot).
The Reimagined Learning Programme is actually a course run within Three alongside My Kinda Future to train their managers to go into schools and talk about careers within Three. The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation to consider a career within the telecoms industry. The course is held over three days:
Day 1 – As a team put together a workshop for school children
Day 2 – Deliver the workshop at a local school
Day 3 – Debrief with Three Senior Management
It’s a win-win situation as the managers develop presentation and communication skills whilst the school children get to participate in four engaging and interactive workshops.
So where do I fit in this training programme for managers? Well, I joined them! The course I attended was made up of 8 Three staff and 4 students from across a range of universities and subjects. The Three employees were also from diverse areas across the business and included a Network Strategy Manager, Customer Payments Manager, Store Manager, Customer Relationship Team Leader, Finance Manager, and a HR Resourcing Specialist.
The first day was a crash course in presentation skills and getting to know the other course delegates. We covered how to engage our audience, dealing with nerves, and touched upon Belbin’s team roles and other team working topics. The afternoon was heavily based on the putting together a 20 minute workshop for the school children that we will have to repeat 8 times when we next meet at the school in two weeks.
It was a fast-paced and intense day that ran from 9pm – 6pm but it was a great opportunity to develop my presentation skills and, of course, work closely with my team of Three employees and network with others around the room. So far I’ve found the programme really interesting, made some new contacts, and I know it’ll help boost my CV. It’ll also provide something interesting to talk about when asked the dreaded competency based questions in interviews such as “tell us about a time you had to tailor your communication to a different audience” or “tell us about a time you worked in a team with people you didn’t know”.