Have you ever heard of Kickstarter?

 If your answer to the above question is no, then let me educate you on the wonders of Kickstarter. Firstly, Kickstarter is a government-based scheme that helps young adults get the training and work they want in the areas they would love to work in.

If you are between the ages of 16-24 then Kickstarter is what you need. If you have always wanted to be a writer but don’t know where to get the experience, Kickstarter can get you six months paid training in the area you desire. It is specifically made to help you achieve your goals, how could you say no?!

 Social Media and Marketing Training?

 I have found myself lucky enough to have been accepted on to a course which is all about social media and marketing. Over the next six months, I will be learning everything I need to know to become a successful social media manager and I’ll be getting paid for it! It’s a win/win situation.

I have always found myself to be the media manager in my house with my family so when I discovered I could use this knowledge and skill and not only better them but put it to work as well, I had to apply straight away. Luckily for me, I got accepted on to the course and at the end of my second week, I’ve already learnt so much!

 First Week Nerves?

 As with any new job, people always go into it feeling a little nervous and worried that perhaps this isn’t the right role for them. That’s a natural reaction to any job and as long as you bring a smile and a passion for learning there really is no need for nerves. I found after my first day not only did I feel settled into the role but I found myself working with a kind and helpful team ready to help me if I ever got stuck.

 If those first-week nerves are ever stopping you from applying to what could be your dream role, always remember that it’s never as bad as you imagine it being. There will always be a supportive team around you and remember, everyone starts as a new person having to learn all the new skills and the way the job works. You never know, in a couple years’ time, you could be the boss hiring your own Kickstarters to work for you.

 What happens in week 1? 

On your first day you will be set up with a Zoom call at 11am where you will meet your new mentors and any others doing the same Kickstarter training with you. For me, it was just one other doing the training with me which made the Zoom calls nice and easy to handle as it wasn’t too overwhelming with too many people.

 Once introduced you will be on to your first lesson! Don’t worry, it won’t be something too hard to handle and you will always have support if you get stuck. So, day one should be nice and easy, and will set the tone of what is to come over the next two weeks.

 As the week goes on, you will learn new elements of your role on each day, often accompanied with a task for you to get on with once the daily Zoom call is over. Each day will consist of something new and the daily Zoom call will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss what you learnt the previous day.

 At the end of week one, you may be asked to fill in an end of week report. This is the best way for your mentors to get your feedback of how you feel the training is going so far and if there are any elements you may be struggling with. It will also help you run over what you learnt that week and see the progress you have already made after just five days of learning. It really is rewarding to see how much progress has been made over such a short time.

 Time flies and now it’s week 2!

 Week two should begin very similar to week one just without the introductions. It will pick up where it was left off at the end of week one with new lessons ready to be taught to you. Once again you will be given an overview in your daily Zoom call where you will have the option to ask questions and interact with others before you will receive a new task to fill your day!

 Week two is very similar to week one with its layout and once again you will most likely be asked to fill in another report at the end of the week. Trust me, it’s not as scary and daunting as it sounds! It’s all created to benefit you and help you see what progress you’ve made.

 The end of week two may also have another task for you which will require you to use what you’ve learnt previously to do. Are you ready for this? You may have to write… a blog! Which is exactly what I am doing now at the end of my week two training! How strange is that? Don’t worry if writing a blog isn’t something you feel shows off your strengths, speak to your mentor and ask if perhaps you could create a video or record yourself in an interview style, whatever you feel most comfortable with!

 Is it worth it?

 I can safely say that at the end of just my second week, I can confirm it is worth it!

I have learnt so much and it’s only the end of my second week, which can only mean over the next six months I will be learning so much more than I thought. I have loved working from home and using my self-motivation to it’s highest, allowing me to just get on with my work and then have easy access to help if I need it.

 So, to sum it all up, would I recommend being a Kickstarter? Yes!

 If you are a company owner, would I recommend you hire a Kickstarter? Again, yes!

 I can see no downside to this for the company hiring a Kickstarter or someone who wants to apply to be a Kickstarter. So, what I’m trying to say is get out there and apply for Kickstarter today!

 

 

 

Hannah Sawtell

Social Media Kickstarter June 2021