Catering Assistant/Supervisor (Former Employee) – Essex – 26 November 2017
Working for SEC was enjoyable due to the friendly, hard-working team in the catering department. However, the department was often overlooked or treated as lower than other departments because of the nature of the work undertaken.
Each day differed, often being sent to different campuses in order to cover staff sickness. Constant changes in management often led to ever-changing policies and working structure.
IT Technician (Former Employee) – Grays – 21 November 2017
My typical day would have been to go out into the college and help staff with IT problems. I learnt what goes on behind the scenes of college life with the computers and how to set each one up. The management was thoughtful and listened to my views as well as others.
The culture of the workplace was clean and tidy as well as being big enough to exercise within the grounds. The hardest part of the job was giving time for the system to respond. the enjoyable part was spending time with colleges that had the same job as me.
got to walk off campus to get lunch
you would come across the occasional floor that would not work effiecntly
Associate Lecturer (Current Employee) – Thurrock, Basildon and Southend – 30 September 2017
A typical day at work involves you simply doing your timetabled sessions; which is entirely acceptable. If you have any time between 8:30am - 5:00pm free though, you will often be EXPECTED to provide cover for sessions that lack a tutor. This would also normally be acceptable, but with the sheer amount of paperwork expected from each and every tutor on a weekly basis and the frequency at which tutors do not turn up for their sessions, it leads to members of staff having to work their evenings and weekends to keep up.
I have learned from SEC that finding smart but accurate shortcuts to keep on top of your duties is key to doing your job here. If they can't be found, expect to work in your free time.
Management has often been cited as "out of touch", asking provision of paperwork beyond what is necessary even by OFSTED standards. This mentality and lack of support from upper management often makes others feel weary of what is said to them at all times.
In terms of the culture in the workplace, there is an odd mix of camaraderie and one-upmanship. Management will support there colleagues until there is a problem, where blame will very quickly be shifted onto other members of staff.
The most difficult part of the job is to abide by all the shifting rules and the paperwork that comes with these shifts. For all 3 years at the college, many rules and structures have shifted leading to additional paperwork and less free time. Last year, I rarely saw my wife and children.
The most enjoyable part of the job is teaching the students. They can often be funny, intelligentmore... and also the opposite of these two things. In any case, the challenge of teaching students and watching them mature and change throughout their time at the college is inspiring. Unfortunately, this cannot be associated to the college itself. Students like these will be found in any college; students may spend far less time complaining about other tutors and management and enjoy their sessions more often if they attended a different college.less
Oppressive Management, Little recognition for efforts
My role in the classroom is brilliant and offers variety, however management and CPD require improvements. Daily routine offers varied challenges which provide excellent opportunity to improve personal skill base. It is great to work alongside departments with friendly employees passionate about supporting their students.
member of staff (Current Employee) – Southend – 17 March 2017
The college is a large FE and HE College based across 3 towns. Having had several years of cuts from central government, the cracks are starting to show. Some of the older staff are apathetic and this dulls the shine on new staff in some areas unfortunately.
The people make the College and there is a great bunch here. Over the years a real caring community has been built up.
A typical work day is always hard but fulfilling as well, despite being drowned in government red tape that takes people away from the job itself and making them jump through hoops.
A typical day can be stressful but also rewarding, great teamwork, co-workers are all fun but firm tutors and very supportive. Best part of my job is getting the students through their course and achieving their qualification. I've learnt a lot and still learning whilst working. Pay scale could be better for support staff but I still enjoy my job and look forward to going to work every day.
Stage Manager (Former Employee) – Southend – 3 April 2016
I wrote i worked for south Essex college as "work experience" not as Employment as what I did (stage managing) was as a chosen extension of the course I am on here, Thus this should not be applicable to me. I am only writing this as it is required for me to continue.
Associate Lecturer (Former Employee) – Southend, ENG – 8 October 2015
Very supportive team, fun place to work, great facilities as a teacher/lecturer couldn't ask for more. Fantastic students very switched on and looking to progress into their adult work/career based environments of choice.
Lecturer (Current Employee) – Southend, ENG – 28 August 2015
A very busy working environment at this well known FE college. A typical day flies by and is a non-stop whirlwind of activity, so it's not the place for anyone who needs an easy pace.
The students and teachers are a pleasure to work with and make the difficulties brought on by over-used, out of date, broken or tired resources worth the effort. The best bit about working here is the joy of a successful student achieving a personal goal.
Close to trains and public transport links
Few breaks and no private space away from the working environment and students.
A typical day at South Essex would include taking part in a number of different hair and beauty consultations. On a daily basis I would learn different techniques and skills in Media Make Up, Hair, tanning, body art and nails, working on both fellow co-workers and members of the public. My co-workers and I always got on well and I enjoyed my work place environment. The hardest part of my job was the two and a half hour journey travelling time to and from the college due to the lack of good transport links. The most enjoyable part of my job was client consultations and carrying out treatments.