What is it like to be a Globe Education Assistant ?

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Our Globe Education Assistant roles offer school leavers an exciting opportunity to gain invaluable experience working in a leading arts organisation. Through supporting the daily activities of the Education department for one year, they develop key skills in administration, communication and teamwork in a supportive environment, and make a valuable contribution to the work of the Globe.

Here Joanna Woznicka, a Globe Education Assistant in the Higher Education team, talks about her experiences of the programme so far.

There is something incredibly special about seeing people’s faces after they’ve gone on the Globe stage for the first time – especially when they’ve just performed in front of almost 1600 people, as the students of the Sam Wanamaker Festival did in March. As a Higher Education Assistant, I helped the Higher Education and Events team organise and run this event; from admin work, to helping prepare receptions, to assisting students during the time of the performance. The whole weekend was intense but extraordinary to be a part of and made me feel so grateful for being able to work in such a lively building, with such a supportive and fun team.

By April 2017, I had decided to take gap year and a wonderful theatre person informed me of the Globe Educaiton Assistant role. Obviously, despite exams looming over me, revision took a back seat as I slaved on my application and edited it about ten times. What can I say… I wanted this job.

I first experienced the magic of the wooden O in year 9, when I came to a performance of Romeo and Juliet, performed as part of Globe Education’s project called Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. It was a ninety minute performance that drew me to Shakespeare and to this building. It was therefore rather nostalgic helping out on this project this year, and meeting students coming to the Globe for the first time, just as I had. People’s initial reactions when they enter the theatre is something I could never get bored of; some gasp, some begin to cry and some just smile endlessly.

One project that will forever stay in my heart is the social inclusion project in collaboration with St Mungo’s, Clement James Centre and Open Access Arts. A brilliant group of people – many of whom have experienced homelessness – met for sessions, exploring Shakespearean speeches, which they performed on the Globe stage. As well as this, some wrote very insightful and powerful responses to their speeches. It was incredibly moving and beautiful. I think that’s the most rewarding part of the job; seeing other people develop and grow, and seeing the effect your work has on them – you understand that you’re part of a team and an organisation that makes a difference to people’s lives.

It’s almost a year since I started and I’ve gained so many skills; so much knowledge and so much confidence. I am no longer completely terrified of finance, can write emails quicker than I can make myself a cup of tea… and I’m still working on being able to uncork a bottle of wine (a skill needed if you’re working on events, trust me). This sounds so obvious, but I feel like I have gotten so much better at naturally prioritising tasks and problem solving, both of which will make me such a better student. In my first month on the job I remember when my first group of students showed up an hour earlier than scheduled through a fault of my own I felt embarrassed and panicked, since there were about three other things going on at the same time, but my team handled it calmly and assured me that such mistakes are easily made. We all went down to greet them and the situation was handled incredibly smoothly. Since then, I have discovered so many methods of getting around mistakes and just making things work. As a psychology student to-be, I feel more confident knowing that in times of crisis, I’ll be able to handle tricky situations as they come.

Working at the Globe is unlike working anywhere else – there is such a sense of community and care and friendliness that I didn’t expect from my first job. I remember asking past GEAs whether it was worth taking a year out for this and now I laugh at the memory. I wouldn’t trade this year for anything.

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From Left to Right, Beth Bowden, Shiri Fileman, Dorothy McDowell, Katherine Guttridge, Joanna Woznicka, Layla Savage 2017-18 GEAs

We are currently looking for school leavers who would like to develop careers in the arts or education for our Globe Education Assistant roles. For a full job description and to apply, please visit the Jobs page of our website