Allison is a Digital Media intern with Momentum Skills in Glasgow
Deciding on what you want to do with your life is a tough decision, when I was little I wanted to be a vet then as I grew up I looked more to teaching but life doesn’t always go the way you plan. I had just graduated with a joint honours degree in Sociology and Politics from Strathclyde University before I started my internship through the Disability Equality Internship Programme. During the run up to this I had got experience of volunteer work with a few different charities, mainly focused on fundraising, event organisation and raising awareness. I also had experience of working with young children through getting a HNC in early education and childcare. To add to the variety of my experiences I was a volunteer adviser with Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) before I started my internship.
I also had the standard university student experience of working in retail along with a part time Mentor job. It was safe to say I was getting very good at being a jack of all trades with the mix bag of experiences I had throughout the years. I loved all the different experiences I had, working with the young children never felt like work each day was different and energy filled, I had the same feelings with volunteering, working with a team to organise events and giving presentations to schools was always fantastic, however it didn’t help for trying to pin down a graduate job.
As anyone who has ever looked for work knows it is a very difficult and long process not just in the task of applying for jobs but in the finding of a job that is suitable for you. I think whilst this is a challenge faced by everyone it can sometimes be a bit more challenging for those with a disability. It wasn’t found out that I was dyslexic until I left secondary school which left me feeling a bit like I was playing leap frog, trying to catch up on finding out what techniques and technology could help me with things I had managed along with all my life thinking they were just ‘normal’.
This for me meant that applying for jobs probably took a lot longer than it takes the average person, besides this job searching I found was a very depressing task, you find a job that sounds perfect but then you don’t have a key skill they require or you apply for a lot of jobs, you are feeling good and then you either get a basic sorry you were unsuccessful letter or you hear nothing back. It is something that can eat away at your confidence and belief in yourself. I had applied for many jobs and internships before finally getting to where I am now. This internship has been a fantastic experience and one that is developing my jack of all trade skills.
I will hopefully be writing a few more little blogs about my experiences as an intern so stay tuned!