1 March 2024

Since November 2023 I have been fortunate enough to have my work experience at YMCA Fairthorne Manor. After a couple of weeks, I started reflecting on how being a part of this has shaped my perspective on work life. Work experience holds immense value beyond the words written on your CV.

I am always seeking new opportunities that come with being here. Developing my skills, whether it be something as simple as communication, which will help enhance your professional image, or something a little more complex such as expanding on my knowledge of finance. When being put in different situations no matter what the task I’ve always been supported and guided. I have been lucky enough to explore different departments within the YMCA that all offer various opportunities, I feel as though I have learnt a lot from my past months. Being this fortunate to explore each department, it has expanded my knowledge on each area which has been an exciting and very fulfilling experience. YMCA really considered what my specific areas of interest are and offered that I work with marketing which has been an amazing experience. I believe that it reveals a world opportunity and offers remarkable personal and professional growth. Additionally, I’ve also been able to be a part of the nursery for a day, it felt very uplifting enjoying a day of exhilarating activities.

Let’s talk about comfort zones, coming here once every week has helped me gradually get used to experiencing work life, having that balance of college and work experience is beneficial this increases self-confidence, maturity, and independence. YMCA have helped me challenge myself to show that I can be adaptable to the department I’m placed in each week and eager to learn, this will then prepare me for any challenges I continue to face later in life. Being pushed out of your comfort zone can show what you are capable of and reveal how much you really can achieve if you try hard enough!

YMCA has given me a unique opportunity that has shaped my perspective and allowed me to have a passion for work in the future.

In essence, work experience isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about growth, connections, and self-discovery. So, whether you’re volunteering or shadowing, embrace the journey. It’s a stepping stone.

If you’re interested in doing your work experience at Fairthorne Manor please email: [email protected]