1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
it is hard to state just one role within the organisation as i was exposed to many during my work experience. tasks varied from brainstorming campaign ideas and doing the charity work to manning a till in a shop. i enjoyed visiting the trustees of the charity as it brought it home to me how important the work was.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
one of the many skills i have learnt in my time on work experience was communication skills. when running a successful charity organisation it is essential to be able to communicate with people. another skill i developed was managing money and finance because i had to help control the money.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the programme. i have a strong interest in the field of charity work and i believe that this work experience has prepared me well for it. the staff at the organisation were kind and welcoming and hence were a pleasure to be around. the work was challenging but i felt like i had sufficient support to complete it.
4. How valued do you feel by Cancer Research?
reflecting on my work experience, i felt like cancer research respected me and thoroughly supported me throughout the duration of my work experience. once i had finished my placement, i felt like i had contributed something. i believe that the wonderful staff at cancer research were responsible for me feeling valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
i could not fault the amazing structure and organisation of my programme. evidence of this is at no point was it unclear on what i was supposed to be doing. the best feature of this was that there was a clear support network and i had a variety of areas to try.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
i had many levels of support throughout my work experience at cancer research. my main supervisor made sure to check on me regularly to make sure i felt comfortable. i also believe that i was also given a good amount of independence towards the end of my programme
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
although i rarely had contact with my employer but it was made very clear to me how i could talk to them if necessary. i believe this was a good method as it gave me some independence and gave me an insight to how it works when you work in the organisation.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
the salary suited my needs well and i believe it was fitting for my placement and was a good representation on what a salary would be like. i believe that if the company increased the financial incentive for this programme it might gain more interest and become a lot more popular, specifically for young people.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there was a huge variety of opportunities for me outside of work as cancer research is central in the community. during my placement, i had many opportunities to take part in events in my local community. this was one of the aspects that i really loved when working for cancer research.
9. Would you recommend Cancer Research to a friend?
i thoroughly enjoyed my time working with cancer research and believe that many others would to. it was both challenging and exciting and enhances many skills such as team work, communication, finance and organisation skills. i believe that these skills mean that the programme is worthwhile.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cancer Research?
get stuck in! to get the most out of working for cancer research, you need to be excited about the cause and be willing to go out of your comfort zone. i believe that another way to get the most out of the experience is to ask questions as this will help you learn and pick up things far faster.