Hi my name is Geremia Bussotti, I completed my 5 week Erasmus Traineeship at www.trainermatchmaker.com in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I set up some learning goals when I wrote my learning blog, in the following blog you can see what I achieved in this time and which goals I reached.
LinkedInIn my last week at work I attended a linkedIn training session delivered by Trainer Christine Watson to the team at Mallusk Enterprise Park. I didnâ€™t know this platform before the workshop and I didnâ€™t realise how important it can be for workers and students.Â I made a lot of Canva Templates in that meeting so I improved also my Canva skills and I showed some of the Mallusk team how to use Canva via a mobile phone. My traineeship also led me to teaching and sharing my newfound skills and competences with others â€“ I enjoy teaching!
InstagramI completed the free online course by Facebook blueprint on instagram, when I arrived in Belfast I already was quite competent at using Instagram on a personal level and also for business. As part of my traineeship I drafted lots of instagram for business content â€“ both stories and tiles for TrainingMatchmaker.com and for the River to Lough Festival â€“ my Trainer Christineâ€™s client â€“ much of this content was published and received good engagement with audiences.
Twitter meetingThe day after my first meeting with my Trainer Christine Watson I attended her training workshop at Mallusk Enterprise Park about twitter, the potential of twitter for business and how to use it. I learned a lot of things and I changed my conception of twitter, it is a really useful platform and now I know how to do it.
CanvaCanva is a graphic-design tool which uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs and graphics. I completed an online course, which I found listed on www.trainingmatchmaker.com, about Canva Graphics and I worked a lot with it to create different content. For example I promoted the River To Lough Festival using Canvaâ€™ s template. This traineeship was my first time using Canva â€“ I found it useful and easy to use and when I go home to Italy I will explain it to my mother for potential use in our family restaurant business.
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Delighted to have Paula McIntyre – @paulacooks on board for the River To Lough Festival at Toomebridge tomorrow – Saturday 28th September Pick up your tickets and the event programme at Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative Society and at The Elk – @theelkbistro to experience Paula work her magic, with cookery demos using Lough Neagh Pollan at The Elk & The O'Neill Arms Country House Hotel – @oneillarms Click the link in our bio to visit our website to find out more @Food_NI #FoodNI #TasteThePollan #TasteTheIsland #DiscoverNI #EelsAreTasty #LoveLoughNeagh #LoughNeaghPollan #LoughNeaghEels #FoodPorn
WordPressI learned how to post a blog on a website and how to edit it using WordPress, in factÂ I posted my learning blog without any problems. This Learning Log is my second blog post.
Google Breakfast BriefingI went to Google EMEA HQ in Dublin to attend a Google Breakfast Briefing and it was so cool. We arrived just in time to see all the presentation which talked about â€˜Unwrapping your customers behaviour this Christmasâ€™. After that I also visited Dublin for few hours and I like it, I did find the city a little bit expensive but itâ€™sÂ a nice place to visit.
Today at AppleThanks to www.trainingmatchmaker.com I learned about the Today At Apple courses and I did two free apple courses at the Victoria Square Apple store about video making and Photography. I learned many new things about my Iphone camera and I discovered some functiosn that I didnâ€™t know existed. So thank you Apple and thank you Christine for your website!
Search Enging Marketing / Hashtag MarketingBefore I came to Belfast I used hashtags on instagram but on my traineeship I learned a few tools to find more hashtags and keywords that content creators should consider including in their posts: hashtagify.me, google trends and answer the public. I did some research and created a hashtag directory or listing of hashtags and keywords that trainingmatchmaker should utilise.
The English LanguageFive weeks in an English speaking country has made me more confident with my English language skills â€“ both written and oral. The locals in Northern Ireland speak quite fast! I also learned some Northern Ireland colloquialisms such as Baltic which means cold our foundered, whats the craic which means what is happening, Bout Ye which means how are you and many more.
Irish CultureMy host company www.watsonsmarketing.com and www.trainingmatchmaker.com have a lot of customers in different parts of the city and across Northern Ireland so I got to visit many places also while I was working â€“ I took the free 45 minute tour of Belfast City Hall and the free tour of Parliament Buildings, Stormont â€“ both clients of my Trainer and Mentor Christine Watson and this was nice. My top places to visit and things to see in Belfast are:
- St Georgeâ€™s Market (another of Christineâ€™s training clients!)
- Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum
- Ormeau Park (it was really close to where my accommodation was and I used it for my running route)
- The Big Fish
- Belfast City Hall
- Parliament Buildings, Stormont
- Giantâ€™s Causeway
- Lough Neagh â€“ Toomebridge â€“ I even got to go on the Lough Neagh Food Tour as part of my work and this included a boat trip on the Lough and I ate some Lough Neagh Eel and Pollan.