BA Journalism student Georgia has almost completed her Work Based Learning placement module at Déda. She shares her experience so far...

"Hi again!

Since you last heard from me, I’ve been busy doing lots of things here at Déda. To start with I’ve had a presentation to put together as part of coursework for my work based learning module so I have been doing lots of research about the organisation.

Through doing this I’ve found out lots of interesting things and this information is definitely helping me during my placement here.

Over the past couple of weeks my mentor Heather has been helping me to understand a more detailed side to the marketing of Déda. I’ve learnt more about the marketing mix and I have seen first hand how this is used around Déda.

I have also looked at things such as press releases and e-shots, which for me was very useful as it meant I had a clear idea of what they are and how they differ.

This work has been extremely helpful and interesting not only for my work based learning module but it also fits well with the PR and Media Management module I have been doing at University.

I also put together a workout and class survey in order to support market research during an adult class programme review - to ensure Déda's classes are catering to needs and wants in the current market.

My survey had a very positive response and we gained lots of helpful information that will be very valuable for Déda. Following on from this, I have conducted more market research by creating a distribution list of local gyms.

As well as this, I have looked at similar organisations to Déda that are situated across the country in order to see if Déda are offering similar things to them.

I think having the opportunity to be involved in real life things that are happening within the organisation is great.

Also, as you know I love to dance so, since I trying Zumba I have also been to a Contemporary class which is held at 6pm on Tuesdays. I have tried so many dancing styles over the years however, Contemporary is something I have never done before. Before I went to the class I was so nervous and apprehensive, despite having a vague idea of what it may be like I still didn’t really know what to expect.

When I arrived we did a warm up and then we went on to do a routine that was put together in a previous week (this is when I began to get a bit shy so I stayed towards the back!) However, the teacher took her time in going over the routine at a slow pace and surprisingly I began to pick up the moves pretty quickly and then I instantly felt more comfortable. I felt I got more and more confident with the style of dance as the class progressed and I couldn’t believe how quickly the time went. One minute it was 6 o’clock and the next it was 7!

The class ended with a warm down and stretches, this made me feel very relaxed and uplifted as the music that was used was so soft and calming.

Even though I wasn’t sweating tons after the class, I could still definitely tell I had worked my muscles and stretched out my body. Without a doubt, this is a class I will be going to again as it left me in such a feel good mood.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated about all the other interesting things I get up to at Déda."

Georgia is currently studying BA (Hons) Journalism at the University of Derby.






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