My name is Rhian Campbell, a recent graduate from Queen Margaret’s University. This was the opening line from the thousands (or so it seemed) covering letters that I sent out to get a job in the adult world after graduating. In itself the line doesn’t actually carry very much weight or tell you an extensive amount about myself. However if I had been writing a truthful opening line to all my covering letters it would have been something along the lines of: I am desperate to work, please give me a job. Apparently that sort of opening is unprofessional and frowned upon. Finally I gained a job, through SCVO, as a communication’s intern with Bats without Borders, a Third Sector Organisation that wants to conserve and educate about bats in southern Africa.
To apply for this position I needed to qualify under the Equality Act of 2010, I came under this in four areas. I am Hard of Hearing in my right ear, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic and Dysgraphic. It’s a mouthful to say the least and often I wonder if I went to the Wizard of Oz what he would give me in return for my ‘inadequacies’ , probably nothing but his gifts were rubbish anyway. Throughout my life the different learning disabilities have gifted me different opportunities to overcome and also many benefits. I’ll give you my personal definitions for the three Ds, just incase anyone reading this is unfamiliar with the terms. Dyslexia affects my spelling, reading and speech but in return gives me a creative perspective. My Dyslexia and I have now become friends because personally the pros outweigh the cons every single time. Dyspraxia is the equivalent to having a bug in your computer, sometimes I walk in to doorframes because I thought I had more space to clear it. In other instances I just forget how to do something e.g. this morning I let a glass of water go because I forgot how to hold it. Dysgraphia is the reason no one ever copies my notes, basically my handwriting is horrific but not in lazy way. Personally, I love my Dysgraphia as it is basically like having your own secret language that no one else apart from you can possibly understand, it truly is wonderful.
I struggled under the education system until I got to university. I was marked down constantly for spelling, handwriting and general structural issues, all of these can be attributed to my learning difficulties. I was never academic and developed a passion for the arts instead. Individualism felt celebrated in the arts such as in the Scottish School system the carbon copy was the ultimate goal. I believe that I would have thrived under the Curriculum for Excellence and it fills me with joy that the school system is currently under review. Anyway, through serious graft I was able to scrape enough grades together to get in to Queen Margaret’s University to study Drama and Performance.
Queen Margaret’s University is a wonderful University and Drama and Performance was a phenomenal course which I thoroughly enjoyed. The reason I enjoyed Queen Margaret’s as much as I did was due to the fantastic Student Services, who truly supported their students and offered astounding services which ensured I achieved as much as possible. It was the first time that I felt truly accepted at an educational institute.
The reason I have undertaken this internship is because :
- Third sector organisation
- exciting charity
- social media is important in all aspects of society
What I hope to learn
- How a third sector organisation works
- How to successfully use marketing to attract corporate sponsorship
- How to successfully use social media to my advantage
- How a third sector organisation works.