Adopt an Intern
Graduate Megan Johnson talks about her experience on the Adopt an Intern programme.
“Upon graduating from university I resigned myself to the probability that I would do one of two things: undertake an unpaid internship or begin my working life not doing exactly what I was passionate about. Ultimately, I knew that I needed to be in a position where I could support myself and retain my independence; therefore I pursued paid work.
Whilst continuing to apply for posts that I had, at university, envisaged myself holding, the overarching theme from feedback was a lack of experience. Six months in to this predicament I came across Adopt an Intern. The internship I secured was the job I had most wanted in my final months of job hunting as I knew it would be the perfect first step in a direction I was passionate about pursuing. Joy Lewis was extremely supportive in my application and offered invaluable advice on CV formatting and how best to present my experience.
During my internship my contribution was valued and wherever possible my employers looked to introduce me to people and experiences that would further my career. Fortunately, I secured a permanent post between both Smart Play Network and Working on Wheels- my internship employers. In the past year I have worked to establish and develop a number of projects centred on the topics that matter most to me and I have received a wealth of experience and support that will be the basis of what I hope is a successful career. I only hope it is possible for other graduates like me, especially amidst pessimism regarding graduate employment, to benefit from programmes such as ‘Adopt an Intern’ long after I have established a career I am passionate about.”
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