Hi, my name is Navraj. I am 19 years old and I am in my first year of studying marketing at university. I have previously studied Business in college, which is where my interest for marketing stemmed from as there were many areas of the subject that I found interesting.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambition for the future is to work in a marketing role in an organisation, specifically in marketing strategy. This is where I am particularly interested in how the plans come together and how they are achieved to accomplish the end result set by an organisation. I also intend to use my previous and current work experience in marketing and other areas to reach this stage in the future, or even discover other areas of marketing, where my skills and experience would be useful.
Why did you choose to intern with us?
The reason I chose to intern with Access Generation is due to the changes and challenges in employment for young people, which is interesting when looking into why there are issues when it comes to organisations employing young people. Access Generation is working to change the perception of young people from negative to positive. Hence, it will be a great experience to work with them to achieve this goal and others that they find to be important.
Anything you’re excited about doing with us?
I am excited about carrying out assigned tasks such as delivering a presentation and interviewing employers to improve my transferable skills, as well as gaining insight into what other skills can be taken from this experience. I am also excited to see what specific skills or experience employers are looking for in young people and how that affects the recruitment process overall.
What do you hope to achieve during the internship?
During the eight weeks of this internship, I hope to develop my current skills such as communication and put my previous and personal experiences into practice to carry out tasks effectively and confidently. During this internship I want to gain more insight into marketing related activities and what employers think about young people. I also hope to gain many other skills and experiences that will be useful for future work opportunities and for personal development, where I am able to identify any further improvements for myself. Overall, I hope to work well with other interns to successfully achieve the main goals of this internship set by Access Generation.
Any message for employers?
Employing young people will be beneficial because most of them, including myself, have a great work ethic and want to gain valuable work experiences. I would also say be realistic with what you expect from young people in terms of experience. This is because sometimes it is not easy to get the experience that is required to perform the job well. Hence, providing that experience will be beneficial to them, but also to you as they can provide new insights and add value to the organisation.
Did you know…?
Universities typically have an employability team that work to match students with employment opportunities including internships. An internship is often a short paid work experience and a chance for the student and employer to ‘try before they buy’. Internships are often part or fully funded.
Reed has joined us via the University of Leicester’s Employ Autism programme in partnership with Ambitious about Autism. Find out more: https://le.ac.uk/enterprise/development/recruit-our-students/employ-autism