Devena has shared her thoughts on her time at BCF…
Having already volunteered in the charity sector for some time and seeing the impact it made, BCF was another opportunity for me to make a positive difference as well as building up my hard and soft skills in the workplace.
WHAT DID I LEARN?
I learnt how to stay organised and the importance of a to-do list to keep on track of all the work I had to do. I continued to develop my interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues but also improving my emailing skills.
I learnt how to work in a team which was a fantastic learning experience for me. I acknowledged how working in a team improves efficiency and productivity. Working in a team also gave me great learning opportunities, to gain insights from differing perspectives and learning new concepts from more experienced colleagues.
From this internship a big lesson I learnt is to always question why you are doing a task and to use constructive criticism as an advantage to improve how I work.
Proofreading: a skill I originally undervalued. When done carefully, correctly and thoroughly, proofreading can make the difference between writing that communicates successfully with its intended readers and writing that does not. Through proofreading numerous documents at BCF, my skillset has increased and is a transferable skill I will find very useful for University work, such as my dissertation.
Overall this summer placement at BCF was an exceptional opportunity for me to build on key skills and participate in new experiences to improve knowledge and awareness of the role, company and industry.
I can honestly say it was a fantastic summer for personal and professional development. Not only did I gain practical skills, I also had the pleasure to meet a fantastic team and to witness and be a part of the positive affect the voluntary sector has on the local community.
I would like to thank BCF for this incredible opportunity.