Learning LogMy name is Michael Hinkel and I have just spent a month with TrainingMatchmaker in Belfast as an Erasmus Trainee. At the start of my traineeship in March 2019 I set out to achieve an ambitious number of learning goals – you can find my training plan here. One month on and this is what I learnt:
“Canva App”During my traineeship with Trainer: Christine Watson I learned, how to use Canva, a free platform to help business with graphics, in form of backgrounds, templates, symbols and more. I was advised by TrainingMatchmaker.com Trainer Tina Calder that there were free Canva tutorials which would help me use this tool to create visual content for business use. I found a few on youtube and then I practised with a task to create a graphic for business use. This is what I created for Trainer: Christine Watson: I also edited a previous design to support the promotion of a training course being delivered by Trainer: Christine Watson on 15 April and this was uploaded to the Instagram for Business page for the training company to communicate to the business audiences about the Licensed WorldHost training course that was available in Belfast –
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“Belfast culture and history”After being in Belfast for a while, I learned lots of new things. During my bus tour to the “Giant’s Causeway”, I drove across many old places that impressed me by their historical background. Furthermore I achieved an impressive view of the Atlantic ocean. I learned about Queen Elizabeth and the shipbuilding industry links to Germany and how the rock formation at the Giant’s Causeway happened – as well as a little funny story about Giant Finn McCool’s wife and how she cheated the Scottish Giant by dressing her husband up as a baby – to scare him back to Scotland! My Trainer and Host Christine, who works as a Tourism Trainer, also recommended that I call into Visit Belfast to find out about all of the things I could do and see when I was in Northern Ireland. She also advised me to take the free Belfast City Hall Tour.The city hall is influenced with memorial facts and the tour also informed me about the history of Belfast. I learned that the City Hall is older than 100 years and about the various Lord Mayor’s and I got to see inside the Great Hall and the Chamber where the politicians sit.I also took Christine’s advice to visit the Dome in Victoria Square to enjoy the view of the city and I walked up Cave Hill to enjoy the views and see Belfast Castle.
Blogging“Why blogging is so important”My trainer: Christine Watson and other Trainers who delivered a Blogging For Wellness roadshow events project that TrainingMatchmaker.com ran for Libraries NI invited me to join them to learn about blogging and why blogging is so important. I attended the Antrim library event and I also used my time at this event to record video footage of the Trainers for their individual TrainingMatchmaker.com Trainer profiles.I learnt from Wellness Trainer Vivian that people are often scared too much to think about blogging and encouraged them just to start, even before they thought they were ready! This is now my second wordpress blog and before my Erasmus Traineeship I had never before blogged.
“How to use WordPress”WordPress is the platform that the website TrainingMatchmaker.com has been built on and I learned how to upload new content online using wordpress throughout my traineeship.
“Quik by Go Pro”Quik by Go Pro is a free a app that allows you to create short videos in less than 3 minutes. It`s easy to use and your videos can be shared easily. During my Erasmus Traineeship I created 3 videos using Quik.
“Photography”My traineeship with TrainingMatchmaker.com educated me as to the many free classes that I could take at the Apple store in Victoria Square, Belfast. I attended the courses:
- Video Walk: Capturing Cinematic Shots