Neisha Diaz is the Employment Advisor at Paddington Development Trust (PDT). Neisha joined our Level 3 Short Course In Social Media last year, which she selected from our Digital Marketing pathway.
To celebrate Learning at Work Week, 16 - 22 May 2022, we interviewed Neisha to hear how PDT are invested in allowing her time to complete the course, how the course is helping with her continue her professional development and how it is keeping her aware of development in the marketplace.
Hi Neisha, can you tell our readers who you are and what your job entail?
Hi Everyone, I'm a third-sector Employment Adviser based in West London. My key role entails me providing employment and progression support to women that are unemployed and economically inactive due to varying factors. I typically assist those who are ready into live work and training opportunities, whilst bringing the less skilled/experienced a step closer to the labour market. My work is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.
What made you join the Level 3 Short Course In Social Media?
The aim behind me joining this course was to up-skill and obtain an accredited certification in a more progressive subject area. Historically, I have studied up to a Master’s level in legal and social science disciplines, but throughout my working career I have gone back and studied diplomas and qualifications for continued professional development. We have now entered a realm where digital knowledge and the principles of marketing are the key behind generating success -whether you’re in employment, business or working on a personal project.
What made you choose Dagile as a training provider?
I chose DAGILE because it captured my attention as a flexible, easy-to-follow and beneficial option to further develop my existing skillset. During the joining and induction process it was also refreshing to see the diverse range of individuals during our virtual session. I was also familiar with LSBU as a trusted establishment, with it having been one of my top options when seeking undergraduate courses many moons ago!
How have you been finding the course and teaching?
To date I have found the course extremely interesting and have picked up on many things I don’t believe would have been bought to my attention outside of this opportunity. The staff are really invested, and you can tell they want the best for their students – they were even keen to get me back on track following a quite serious injury I sustained midway through the course.
Has the training helped you develop new ideas for your company, and have you been given the opportunity to implement them?
I still have a little way to go, but this training has absolutely helped me develop ideas for my existing employment, in addition to planting seeds for a few projects I support in my spare time as well as personal ideas. I would say this has definitely been a beneficial experience all round.
How is your company supporting you with your studies?
One thing I always respect my employer for is their continuous drive to support staff with their personal and professional development. Flexible time can be allotted to complete developmental studies during the working week, so long as our work is tended to and deadlines are being met. This can ease the pressure of having to find time to study out of working hours. Selflessly, they recognise there is big wide world full of opportunities outside of their catchment, which they encourage us to go and explore.
Thank you for sharing your experience with our readers Neisha, and we encourage readers to look at the Paddington Development Trust website and social media to see more of what your company does.