This month, we’ve been joined by four interns from Loughborough University. Whenever we have an intern join us, their first task is to introduce themselves by writing a blog and sharing their message to employers. Meet Sophie…
My name is Sophie and I am currently a 19-year-old student of Psychology with Criminology.
What your ambitions are for the future?
My main ambition for the future is to able to impact our society in a positive way. This applied to my degree would result in either becoming a psychologist or becoming an academic to further advance knowledge. Both take a long time to achieve, and many more hours of studying. The gratification may also be often delayed but I am passionate about it and I believe that with hard work, I will persevere. Other than that, I am also adamant about having hobbies outside of my career that I enjoy. I believe that this will allow me to pick up on the little moments of joy.
Why did you choose to intern with Access Generation?
As an inexperienced young person myself, I relate strongly to Access Generation’s mission and purpose. It is difficult to be given the benefit of the doubt especially when faced with older, more experienced employers. It is also paramount to be able to be given a voice backed up by research to provide change that is advantageous for my generation. Young people should also be given a chance to learn about what is optimum way to approach jobs and employers as that knowledge is often lacking in mainstream education.
Anything you’re excited about doing with Access Generation?
There is a lot to experience and learn from Access Generation. As I relate to this company vastly on a personal level, I am especially excited about the prospect of meeting individuals that are similar to my age and making close connections. There is always something to learn from others particularly those with different life experiences compared to mine and this could widen my worldview.
What do you hope to achieve during the internship?
I am hoping to be able to absorb as much information from Access Generation as possible. The training and feedback system set up is exceptionally beneficial for the learning process and being able to put that into practise is the cherry on top. As I am embarking on a marketing internship, I am hoping to experience the ins and outs of marketing while being able to produce my own original work. This will hopefully contribute to the company in a positive manner allowing them to reach a wider audience.
Any message for employers?
Hello there! Young people are the next generation. They are the future. Allowing them access to better opportunities is an investment into the future that you want to live in. As our society is becoming increasingly complex, it becomes equally more difficult to navigate that. We are moving towards solutions to make life easier, why not join us and help young people in the same way?
Did you know…?
Universities typically have an employability team who 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.
For more information, visit their website https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/careers/employers/sme/lborotalentmatch/