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STRiVE: My Internship Experience

by Ruyaiya Asim I interned as an Accessibility Advisor for the Project Box. The Project Box is a company that assists students and graduates begin their early careers with world leading accountancy firms. In my role, I helped with making the application and interview processes more accessible for visually impaired people. I did this by going through these processes as an applicant, during which I identified some aspects that could be improved to make them more accessible. Then I presented my findings to Project Box and their clients. While I go through my internship experience, I want to [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments

STRiVE: My route to employment

by George Upfield I should warn you, my route to employment is quite a long and convoluted story, so get comfy! I suppose the first time I realised where I wanted to work was not long after I started volunteering with Guide Dogs at their Regional Centre in Leamington Spa. I was 16. I sensed there was a real ‘family atmosphere’ throughout the organisation. And in addition to this, I knew that I’d need a guide dog to help me navigate when I left school for university. Somehow, I felt that I wanted to return the favour in [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Strive, University, Volunteering|0 Comments

STRiVE: Starting my own venture

by Owais Niaz Owais introduces his new venture, Vision Ability. When his previous employment came to a halt in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus lockdown, he decided to take his job search into his own hands and start something himself with his brother. The aim of Owais' business is to help anyone who faces barriers to overcome them. He wants to do all he can to support others and is able to break things down into small steps for people if they need extra explanation or are experiencing any particular difficulties. He also wants to improve travel [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Strive|0 Comments

STRiVE: My internship with VICTA

by Harriet Smith I decided to apply for the VICTA Young Ambassador programme in 2019 because I wanted to have the opportunity to further develop my writing skills and increase my confidence in working within a team. I also wanted to meet new people and improve my employment prospects. For my secondary education I attended New College Worcester (a boarding school for visually impaired people), then went on to study Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire where I gained a 2.1 degree. One of the main projects during the programme was to work on and design an [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Life skills, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments

Finding work after uni

By Megan Fernandes Hi, my name is Megan. I am 24 years old and I work as a student adviser for a Student’s Union at a London University. I have been working in this role for 3 years and this was the first job I have ever had. Much of what made me pursue this job came from experiences I had at University. At University I studied Criminology and Sociology, and although at the time I didn’t know what job I wanted or could get with this degree, I knew I wanted to work in a job alongside supporting [...]

By |September 13, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, University|1 Comment

Volunteering as a key for long-term success

Written by Idil Serce The transition from higher education to employment can be a difficult and emotional roller coaster for all new graduates, but especially for visually impaired (VI) graduates who are in a more disadvantaged situation in comparison to their fellow peers. Being VI myself, I know how difficult it is for VI students to focus on their studies and gain work experience whilst fighting with the physical and emotional challenges of living with a VI. As a recent VI graduate, l will share my personal experience of transitioning into the world of employment and the impact that [...]

By |September 9, 2021|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Employability, Knowledge kitchen, Strive, Volunteering, Wellbeing|0 Comments
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