COLLEGES WEEK: Career Ready internship with Global Generation was ‘eye-opener’ to working in the charity sector

Colleges Week is a celebration of students, staff and skills from 17-21 October #LoveOurColleges

City and Islington College (CANDI) works with Career Ready to give students fantastic work placements, mentoring and support for their future careers. A Level student Nayyan Iftikhar shares what she learnt during a four-week paid internship with youth education charity Global Generation and how it opened her eyes to the sector. Nayyan’s placement was supported by Bupa Foundation.

Determined to make the most of the opportunity

I was very nervous before my internship with Global Generation as I had no prior work experience, but I was determined to make the most of the opportunity. I enjoyed working with a range of different teams including the gardening team, accounting and finance, and the youth programme.

Learning about the charity sector

This internship was an eyeopener. Until I worked at a charity, I didn’t realise that you could make such a difference to others through your job. The best part of my internship was connecting with young people and seeing the impact the work I was doing had on them. I want to go into media production in the future and now I know that I could also work on projects that are important to me, like climate change and helping young people, by working alongside organisations in the charity sector.

A great opportunity

Internship opportunities are important because they give young people an opportunity to understand the working world and allow us think about what we might like to do in the future. To anyone thinking about joining the Career Ready programme – do it! It’s a great opportunity to network, meet and get advice from professionals, learn about the workplace and what career pathways are out there.

Each year CANDI offers a wide range of career and enrichment opportunities through organisations like Career Ready and the college’s own network of employers and connections across London.

Find out more about Student Life at CANDI here.

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