Izzy, what’s is like working in a marketing role? What do you do on a daily basis?
I’ve had the opportunity to shape my day-to-day role as the year’s gone on. I’m based with the Communications team and work on internal comms, managing student volunteers, and organising events, such as the staff awards.
Can you give an example where you feel that the work you’re involved in really has had/is having a positive social impact?
I’ve been involved in working with the Involvement Team producing and launching ‘Brandon’s Video News’. So having never done any video work before, I can now shoot and edit short films. This is a real highlight of the job as I get out of the office and meet people we support and spend time hearing about their lives, challenges, and achievements.
To update and share stories from people we support in a medium they chose. Everyone I’ve filmed has loved sharing their stories and they’ve all hoped to inspire others. I feel the work we’re doing to share the experiences of people we support challenges stereotypes of what it means to have a learning disability in a really positive way.
What transferable skills do you think you’ve developed in your time on the programme so far?
Teamwork and communication are universally important skills that I’ve developed in my role at Brandon. They’re particularly significant for employees who are driven by the organisation’s values and vision. When working in a large organisation, your individual role in delivering the charity’s aims can feel minor, but by working as part of large team, communicating with people at all levels of the organisation, you can stay motivated and recognise the value of your work. I think the ability to build relationships across your organisation and sector is useful in any role, for personal wellbeing as well as professional performance.
Has your time on the programme so far connected you to any other personal development or networking experiences?
Through Charityworks I heard about Good Women, a network for women interested in social change, and was able to join. As part of this, another graduate and I organised a networking lunch for International Women’s Day at my office. By inviting everyone at the office we were able to open up conversations beyond work-based topics and have a great discussion about gender parity, the pay gap, and how a gendered perception of social care affects recruitment. Opportunities like this have strengthened my professional relationships.