Having never undertaken any administration work previously, the Week of Work placement that I completed with Evelien Bracke presented an unfamiliar set of challenges. Thanks to the excellent support and guidance provided by Evelien, I was able to successfully overcome these challenges and develop my personal skills by learning how to efficiently correspond with university staff, handle and interpret data, and edit internet resources available to the public.
I particularly enjoyed working on the Cymru Wales Classics Hub and South West Wales Classical Association websites. I had no prior experience with online editing, but by working on the two sites my confidence and ability in developing website resources has increased exponentially. Given the importance of technology in this day and age, I feel this will be incredibly beneficial to my career as a whole in the future, and that the Week of Work has greatly increased my individual employability.
Working within the Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology department has given me an insight into the day-to-day running of the university that I was previously unaware of. It has given me a valuable understanding of a working environment and allowed me the chance to evaluate which career path I will follow. By working on Open Day resources, I felt that I was positively aiding the department and that my work was having an impact upon the bigger picture of things.
Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my week at the department, and it flew by! I would highly recommend the Week of Work to any student who is interested in developing their personal skills and CV for the future.
Mark Isaac, Ancient History