1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I worked on the till, communicated and helped customers, tidied up the shop, helped with donation deliveries and sorted out stock. I also learnt about the rules what to do and not to do in the shop, health and safety etc. I also helped priced and sort out items around the shop.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt to be more confident and to confront / socialise with customers who need my help, and to also offer help. I've learnt to be a lot more organised, and gained retail experience.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed it a lot. I was also working with my school friend, which made me feel a bit better as I knew someone. But I also made new friends, and I enjoyed learning new experiences and skills.
4. How valued do you feel by Cancer Research?
I've done a lot for cancer research with donations, race for life etc, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to work in the cancer research criteria. They're so supportive and friendly.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was quite organised. I had a set time and days for when I had to be in and I'd sign the register for when I arrived and when I left.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I didn't get a lot of training, but it was enough to manage for the amount of time I was there for. For example with the till work, I got trained for about an hour and I felt I needed more time to be trained to feel confident with working on the till.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
She was so lovely and friendly, always willing to help and support when needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It was voulentary and work experience, therefore I didn't get paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Well I'm now at university and I still support cancer researching as I do race for life when I can.
9. Would you recommend Cancer Research to a friend?
It's a great charity and you can learn more than you think!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cancer Research?
There's no need to be nervous! The staff are so friendly. It's such a supportive and great charity, achieving great things and you'll learn more than you expect.