I applied for Charityworks because I have always cared about people, and after being heavily involved with RAG (Raise and Give) at university I realised just how much need there was around me – I wanted to get behind a cause and help to meet this need. I originally wanted to work at a children’s charity but ended up being placed at Avenues. Although I was slightly disappointed not to be working for a children’s charity, I was also interested in getting involved in something new. As soon as I started to work and learn, my interest in and passion for the social care sector and disability rights began to grow. I felt close to the cause, especially when I got the opportunity to go and meet the people Avenues supports. Charityworks has opened my eyes to so many areas I now feel passionate about and my connection to a range of causes has grown immensely.
Throughout the year I have developed rapidly and the whole experience has been both a learning curve and a confidence boost. I now think in 3D – Charityworks has encouraged me to think broadly and to look at the bigger picture. The year has not been without its challenges; this was my first job out of University and I was in a new city away from my family for the first time. However one of the best things about Charityworks is the support you get both professionally and personally, from your programme manager, people at your organisation, your mentor and your peers.
Meeting other graduates was another highlight; it’s not everyday you get to sit in a room with 100 people who care about the same things you do. I’ve also made a great network in the sector and have been able to access relevant information from people I have met. When I finished Charityworks I was promoted and am now the lead of a team and am mentoring a new Charityworks graduate. This is an amazing opportunity to get management experience and it’s really nice to help someone who is going through the same process I went through. Charityworks was a fantastic opportunity in which I was fully supported to make the most out of a first chance at the career of my dreams.