MA BLOG: Meet Carla

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Ever wondered what it is like being a Digital Creative MA? Or not sure exactly what it involves? Some of this year’s Modern Apprentices lift the lid on work and activities that they have been involved in.

Hi! My name is Carla, I am 18 years old and I live in Erskine, Renfrewshire.

I currently work in Renfrewshire Council in the Youth Services department in Paisley and I have only been in the role for 2 weeks.

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My role within the department is Creative and Digital Media MA and currently my main roles within the job is to work on the Young Renfrewshire page to try and get more of a following and get more information out for youths in the Renfrewshire area, as well as trying to work on using the social media platform as an engagement tool.

I work on writing articles for the local Young Scot page too. My current focus is the Paisley 2021 bid for City of Culture and trying to get as many youths involved and to inform them of basically how great Paisley is - as well as get the chance to work alongside youths.

My current project is to try and write a lot of different fun articles that will attract youths and get them on board with the bid as well as going out and attending the services provided for young people through Youth Services. to understand how the team operates.

I also travel through to Edinburgh once a week to the Young Scot HQ in Haymarket and get different training where I get to work on my skills as well as meet up with my college lecturer and go over college work - whilst also getting additional support from him.

I hope to learn lots of new skills as well as develop skills that I already have. I hope this apprenticeship will help me with my confidence in talking on phones, organising meetings etc.

I hope to learn a lot more on working with young people. I feel like this role will help me develop my organisational skills, and skills within the digital and social media side of things too! I feel alongside working with young people and on digital and social media this role is perfect for me.

"The role I am working in gives me endless opportunities and pathways into making a career for myself."

I chose this MA after my project manager of a CIC (Community Interest Company) messaged me regarding the job, after reading job description I was hooked, I chose this MA because I believe I could show my skills and develop and work on a career.

The role I am working in gives me endless opportunities and pathways into making a career for myself. This is something that I am passionate about and have experience in, and to be able to have the opportunity to build on them whilst working and getting a qualification too is amazing!