12 August 2021
by Nikoleta Vartsaneli
Today marks the International Youth Day, an awareness day designated by the United Nations since 2000 to draw attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
At GO, we have created a Youth Exposure Programme (YEP) that invites students to work with us while they study. We believe that Youth Exposure is beneficial because it helps our YEP team to get on the job training, develop a professional aptitude and learn how professional workplaces operate. Our YEP team is involved in hands-on projects and has a wide variety of responsibilities.
Cherise spent a year with our Online Team as a Digital Analytics Associate and then she joined us as a full-time employee. Alexandra is our Online Content Assistant and has been part of our team since February 2021.
The Youth Exposure from the eyes of Cherise: ‘I had just finished my Bachelor’s degree in English and I wasn’t sure what career path to follow. During the summer I did some courses on Digital Marketing since it was a subject that always interested me. Whilst looking for internship opportunities I came across a Youth Exposure Programme offered by GO. I felt ecstatic when I was offered the position of a Digital Analytics Associate within the Online Team.
I enjoyed the fact that during my Youth Exposure I was given the opportunity to learn as much as I could about the digital world and had time to decide whether this was the career path I wanted to pursue. After a lot of knowledge sharing, help and patience by my mentor and manager Helena, my knowledge broadened, and I realized that I had found my dream job.
My main role as a Digital Associate was to analyse digital adverts in a very detailed manner, to be able to predict what interests our audience in our products and what type of content is most beneficial for our company.
GO supported me in many different ways. Besides providing the required training and tools to develop my skillset, I always felt that my ideas were welcomed and considered during important decision-making discussions. The YEP was also very flexible, which gave me the opportunity to enrol for a Master’s in Digital Marketing at the University of Malta.
After a year at GO, I felt ready to jump to a full-time job. Once again, GO was there for me and offered me a full-time position as an Online Advertising & Analytics Specialist. I was given the opportunity to continue working on what I am most passionate about, digital advertising and online analytics. I have learnt about the importance of having a well thought out digital marketing strategy and also the importance of online analytics. Analytics allow us to quantify the effects of making changes to our marketing strategy, which is essential for improving and optimizing online marketing campaigns.
Finally and most importantly, the main message I want to share is that no matter your age, you should never stop pursuing the career path that truly satisfies you and makes you happy.’
Alexandra shares her story as well: ‘GO is quite a recognizable company in Malta, and I wanted to be a part of it and make a difference with them, that’s why I contacted them via LinkedIn. At the time there wasn’t an open position; however when they reviewed my CV, they scheduled an interview with me and we talked about what interests me and how I could support their team. I was then offered the role of Online Content Assistant within the Online Team.
I was introduced to the importance of Web Accessibility and what it is by my manager, Helena, and I was so fascinated that I enrolled and completed a certified course, which enabled me to make our website more accessible to all. I have also developed skills and knowledge on how to use WordPress, create content from scratch with the tools I have, and come up with solutions on the spot when needed.
My greatest accomplishment is that I have learnt so many skills and was entrusted to lead and participate in a lot of projects. I’m proud to say that I owned four big projects, throughout their entire lifecycle from the idea development to the actual implementation and I was given the chance and motivation to implement them and see the positive outcome.
What I enjoy the most about my Youth Exposure at GO is the work environment. All of my colleagues are great, intelligent and kind, and I have learnt a lot from them. I must also praise GO’s employees’ perks & benefits!
In terms of my growth, when I joined GO, our Learning & Development team had just introduced the GO Academy to our work culture, motivating us to learn more and fine-tune the skills we already have and use the platform to learn new skills that can help our work. My colleagues have also introduced me to online software, tools and websites that now make a big difference in how I approach and perform certain tasks.
Currently I am working on GO’s website alongside my colleagues; we work very hard to upload and update content, and make sure everything is running smoothly.
My future goals? Before GO I used to work in Finance, and now that I am finally into Marketing, I look forward to read for a Master’s in Digital Marketing and expand my horizons in Digital Marketing industry.’
Both Cherise and Alexandra have been a great asset to our GO team, participating in projects and playing an active role within the team. We are very proud to see them grow with us, and we would like to thank them for trusting and choosing GO to be part of their career growth.
About the Author
Nikoleta is one of GO’s HR Managers and her main focus apart from supporting her team’s HR needs is to find ways to promote the People of GO and all the amazing work they do.
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