My first month as a Graduate Intern at Hello Future has been a whirlwind of activity – and I feel like I’ve learnt so much already. Where to begin?

I was due to start in December 2023, but I joined in for a team training day in November! The entire team can attest to my nervousness that day, but I grew at ease once I realised the whole team were so friendly.

Since starting this position in December, no two days have been the same. Upon completing induction training, I dove headfirst into my varied responsibilities; one day I might be creating visuals and content for social media, the next I am researching and creating workshops to deliver to local colleges! To those of you who are thinking about jobs outside of school or even post-university, the level of responsibility can seem frightening. I was certainly doubting myself at times. It is vital to remember that in any work environment, you are surrounded by a team that is there to help and support you. I have certainly found that to be true here at Hello Future.

This month I started delivering sessions in schools – specifically My HE Journey and Interview Techniques. It has been a delight being able to start engaging with young Cumbrian learners to really get a sense of what their needs are and how we can best support them. We have digital versions of some of these resources, so check them out to see if they can help you! I am certainly learning from the Interview Techniques workshop – and I’m the one delivering it! If you are considering higher education but don’t know how to get there or what it looks like, check out some case studies and our Choices guide which breaks down your options for you.

This internship also provides the opportunity to discuss topics we are passionate about. Jack and I (you can read his first month blog post here) are currently planning a session together as part of Hello Future’s ongoing strategic project. Our session aims to encourage participation in humanities-related subjects and careers. Given that my degrees are in Archaeology, the encouragement of Humanities as a career choice is a cause close to my heart. I am so excited to help educate young Cumbrian learners about the plentiful and rewarding careers in Humanities out there. Watch this space, there will be blog posts authored on this very topic by myself in the upcoming months!

I look forward to what the future brings, challenges and rewards alike. I already feel more confident for having delivered sessions, and this can only improve across the next few months. I can’t wait to see which other skills I may develop or learn as I continue in this role!