The benefits of work experience
The young people who are currently on our EmployAbility Supported Internships Programme are just about to finish their year of work experience. Becky Grammel, an Employment Support Specialist asked one of the young men who has now been offered a paid job at his local pub how he is finding it…
How have you felt on the supported internship?I have felt brilliant during my internship as I got a part time job out of it and I have also won an award for the Surrey Choices EmployAbility Making A Difference Awards!Do you feel more confident in a work environment?Very. It’s made me more independent, I am more confident in myself as well as working within a teamDo you feel the supported internship has given you a good understanding of what skills and qualities are important in the work place?Definitely because I have experienced them first hand. For example when my manager is busy he asks me to get things to help him. I do this which has increased my understanding of team workWas the supported internship what you expected?Yes, and more because I have learned new skills that I didn’t think I could do such as handling a busy kitchen!What was your favourite/hardest part of the supported internship?My most favourite has been meeting the guys at the pub that I work with and serve! The most challenging time was the trial shift as it was at Christmas time and it was so busy. I managed to do my best and I now don’t get overwhelmedIs there anything you would change if you were to do it again?
No! It was really good for me to start my Supported Internship at the University as a starting job and having David O’Connor from EmployAbility there when I needed support