When it comes to work experience, the team at TikTok knows how to create a transformative learning environment. At Global Academy, students had the incredible opportunity to delve into the vibrant world of TikTok for an immersive week, gaining invaluable insights and exploring exciting career paths. Let’s take a closer look at their experiences and the impactful lessons learned.
Throughout the week, students were treated to a series of insightful talks covering a range of topics such as personal branding, inspiring creativity, and gaining a deeper understanding of TikTok itself. One talk that resonated with many was delivered by Chloe Cara, Creative Solutions at TikTok. Chloe discussed the significance of personal branding and the power of networking. Uisce Ahmed, a Year 12 student, found this talk particularly helpful, stating, “It made me realize the importance of networking on a weekly basis to get my name out there, whether it’s through engaging with LinkedIn posts or reaching out with a thoughtful message.”
Beyond the talks, students had the unique opportunity to network with TikTok staff, engaging in conversations that provided valuable insights and fostering connections for the future. Many students, like Uisce, found immense value in these interactions, even connecting with TikTok professionals via LinkedIn to stay in touch. This experience not only expanded their professional network but also opened doors for potential mentorship and future opportunities.
Another highlight of the week was the chance to shadow industry experts, such as Will Wright from TikTok’s Global Business Solutions team. Students gained first-hand knowledge of TikTok’s collaboration with brands on advertising campaigns, exploring the various options available. These one-on-one conversations provided students with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the media workplace and the exciting possibilities within the industry.
Diversity and inclusion were also important themes throughout the week. Students learned about TikTok’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment and how it plays a crucial role in the media industry. Understanding the significance of diverse perspectives and authentic storytelling empowered students to embrace their own unique voices and recognize the importance of inclusivity in their future careers.
In conclusion, the student work experience program at TikTok proved to be an enlightening journey, offering a comprehensive understanding of the platform, career paths, and personal branding. From engaging talks to networking opportunities and shadowing industry professionals, the students left with newfound confidence and inspiration. TikTok’s commitment to diversity and inclusion further emphasized the importance of creating a media workplace that embraces the richness of all voices. This immersive experience at TikTok left an indelible mark on the students, shaping their aspirations and paving the way for their future success in the industry.