…are two year 10 work experience students from North London. They’ve been with us for a fortnight and it’s been a blast. There’s a problem though. I haven’t been made a single cup of tea. They’ve been too busy. Here’s how…
You get away from school for two weeks and you learn how the adult world works, what could be better than that?
Then you go back to school afterwards and everyone starts asking you, “what have you learnt?” Well, it all depends on the place you’ve been working at, what skills you have picked up and the people you’ve been working with. I’m glad to say that when I go back to school I will have a lot to say about what I’ve been doing. Unlike my friends working in shops or cleaning cars.
When I started I didn’t know what fundraising companies were and now I know what they do and stand for. I was taught how to make an outdoor ad (below left) and how to get from an itch to a scratch. I learnt how mobile fundraising works and how to persuade people to give. I have also learnt how fundraising companies help charities to raise more money.
It’s been a wonderful two weeks here at Open and it wouldn’t have been possible without the people working here. If I had the chance I would stay here longer, thank you.
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius
They say sometimes you just get lucky. And that’s exactly what happened when I stepped into a business which shaped my idea of the word ‘fundraising’. Being sent out into (as my teachers like to call it), “The World of Work” was rather intimidating to begin with, as I was being forced to jump in headfirst. However, I learned more than I could ever have figured out for myself when in school…
From learning that I could carry more than two Sainsbury’s bags and twelve glasses in one go, and that I was allowed to be let loose in the kitchen, to learning how to create my own ad (above right) so that it actually, (I mean actually), works, I had more food for thought than I could have ever imagined – and I was fascinated as to how much effort goes into just one piece of work.
I used to see offices as dreary, gloomy places, with nothing but people and their vacant stares, but just like all myths, this one soon got busted too. I found myself working with all types of people who made me feel as if I were right at home.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and I shall be transforming back into the attentive student I thought I always was. Though I’ve learned a few things during my time here at Open, and those would be things that, on a daily basis, I (as so many other people do) overlook. I never took notice as to how each charity approaches fundraising in a different way, or how giving a small amount to someone in need makes all the difference. Most importantly, a skill for life that I thought I could live without was that I could do everything by myself. But, the truth be told, working in a team is more rewarding than working by yourself, since together everyone achieves more.
That’s all from us.
Armands & Rabia