When I first started the CEIL at the beginning of year 12, I was fairly shy and lacked confidence in the ability to talk to new people and trying to hold a conversation with them. In my first 1:1 with Marcel in November, he identified that this was one of my weaknesses and set my first task; talking to new people in the sixth form to try and encourage them to come up and try the CEIL. This task didn’t go as well as I would have hoped, as I only managed to convince one person to try the CEIL. However, another opportunity to help out on the sixth form open evening proved to be very helpful as I had to not only give a tour of the school to potential students and their parents, I also had to talk to parents and students about the A level P.E course. This opportunity encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and was a perfect opportunity to practise thinking on my feet.
In my next 1:1 Marcel set a new task; to plan and develop a tour of the CEIL. This project was much more successful than my previous one. In this project, I had to give tours to other members of the CEIL, who also gave me ideas in how to further improve my tour. As a result, I was asked to help give a tour with fellow interns to the Pearson judges. This was a very good experience as I had to work with fellow interns to make sure we all had equal roles within the tour and no one particular person was leading the whole tour. I also got involved in holding conversations with the judges, which encouraged me to think on my feet.
As I work part time in a café the summer, I need to be fairly confident in speaking to customers, as some can be quite difficult and rude at times. I believe that the work I have done with the CEIL Team in my first year of being an intern has really helped me to grow in confidence and improved my ability to think on my feet, especially in difficult situations.
I joined CEIL after helping out on an achievement show teacher training day. Marcel was doing a talk in the room I was in and convinced me to at least come up and have a look around. The reason to why I joined is because I knew that I needed help in understanding the ‘world of work’. Not only that but, in a sense, help in understanding myself. What skills I required to go into the career that I want to and how to achieve them. Marcel had put me through a ‘shy-buster programme’ that put me in situations that I wouldn’t normally be in and bursting me out of my bubble. Situations such as attending a Pearson Event where I spoke to guests about the CEIL. I now feel that I am more confident in talking to new people and I’m not so awkward around them. The CEIL has had a great impact on my life, any Intern would tell you the same. You go in with possibly no knowledge of a business environment and come out with a professional mind-set. They train you with what employers are looking for, giving you an advantage over the rest. Each intern is set a project that helps them in developing their skills. Your time at the CEIL is solely based on helping you.
I am so glad now that I joined the CEIL as it taught me how to utilise my time and the opportunities that are offered to me. Although my journey was tough and there were times where I wanted to kill a certain member of the CEIL staff, I feel it has been worth it as I have now chosen a career so can focus my time and energy on working towards my career in Public Relations.
The best thing I got from the CEIL was how it prepared me to compete and achieve a scholarship offer from the Sir Samuel Mico Trust. I worked in the PR and Press Office of Bournemouth University and gained some invaluable experience whilst being paid which was fantastic. The scholarship has taught me that this is definitely something I would like to do for a career and started the foundations of experience for when I start my degree.
The CEIL also gave me an insight into how the working environment of an office works so I was able to easily adapt to my work placement as well as any future work I find working in an office. The professional skills I gained were totally worth the time and effort I put into my membership in the CEIL and I’m so glad that I completed two years here as they have already been so beneficial to me despite the fact I only left four months ago!
I’ve been with the CEIL since January 2013, and I have noticed so much change in me! I joined last year shortly before the interviews for the Sir Samuel Mico scholarship. Sadly, however, I was unsuccessful in getting the scholarship due to the fact I panicked, then cried in front of the interviewers and was unable to finish the interview. I think it’s fair to say that “unprepared” is an understatement.
I kept my place in the CEIL and I decided that I had to work on my confidence so I could apply this year and hopefully be much more successful. With the help of Marcel and the various projects he’s had me do, I feel a lot more confident around new people and larger groups. I’m able to answer the phone in a much more confident and professional manner, I can give tours around the CEIL and tell them about the benefits I feel and I am able to meet and greet guests at the office and show them up to the CEIL. My eye contact has improved dramatically and I’m much more confident all round.
I re-enrolled for the CEIL this year because I feel like without the help from Marcel, Lynn and Penny I wouldn’t be as confident as I am now, and without that confidence I would bother reapplying for the scholarship, despite how important it is for me to get it.
I’m currently helping Lynn with the running of the Kiosk meetings after school on a Tuesday to help me to bring out the side of me that has control over the situation, without being rude. With this skill, I will be able to have more control and confidence in the interview instead of panicking.
At the end of this year, I hope to be a much more employable person, with the type of professionalism and confidence they look for in their candidates. It’ll be tough, but I am more than happy to work for it because I know just how important it is.