It has been just over a week since I began my internship at Construction Youth Trust and I couldn’t be happier to get started working here.
My internship is part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme; an amazing scheme which aims to give young people across London and Essex the opportunity to kick-start their career in the charity sector. Over the course of the internship, I will also benefit from a training bursary and workshops to aid in career development. Now in its third year, the programme funds year-long internships for 40 young people at 40 youth organisations and I feel lucky to be chosen as one of the successful applicants!
Having graduated from university during the COVID-19 pandemic, I, like many, was plunged into a period of uncertainty. Carving out the next steps of my career was a lot more difficult than I had envisaged, but the long periods of lockdown also allowed me to narrow in on where my passions lay. I knew that I wanted to work in the charity sector and with young people. So, when the opportunity arose at Construction Youth Trust, it felt like a no-brainer to apply.
The interview itself was a joy to take part in. Starting with an informal chat with some of the Trust’s colleagues allowed me to get over any early nerves and broke the ice greatly. Once the formal interview commenced, I felt so much more confident in my abilities to tackle the questions. The hour flew by and by the end, it felt more like a free flowing conversation rather than the nervous atmosphere one may commonly associate with interviews. I was thrilled to then receive the offer of the internship and accept it.
During my first induction week, I partook in training ranging from safeguarding to Salesforce. Working remotely has meant that this training was even more important going forward in my internship and as a result, my timetable was full of calls with the whole trust. Starting a new job remotely can be quite daunting, but this enabled me to meet everyone and find out how each person’s role aids in the Trusts’ goal. Whilst the abundance of information could be overwhelming at times (Zoom fatigue is a real thing guys!), everyone has been so welcoming and I am grateful to have had this structure whilst acquiring an all-encompassing insight into the functioning of Construction Youth Trust at such an early stage in my internship. Midweek, the central team and I also had our first day back in the Bermondsey office. This was a great way to meet my team in person and also see where I would be working in the future. For some of my colleagues who had started their role in the past year, it was also their first time meeting the rest of the team in person. This really put into perspective just how much our work culture has had to adapt over the past year but here’s hoping that there will be a few more trips to Bermondsey in the not-too-distant future!
As I write this, I am halfway through my second week and I am starting to get more Trust-specific responsibilities. My role is quite unique in that I have the opportunity to work across a number of domains across the charity so going forward, I am particularly excited about the prospect of working with the charity’s Marketing & Communications department and its Fundraising department. These are both new areas for me but also so imperative to a charity’s sustainability and I am eager to throw myself into any opportunities that present themselves. Over the course of the year, I hope that this blog will be a useful way of tracking my progress whilst also giving others an insight into the day-to-day happenings at Construction Youth Trust. I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of the Trust family and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.