Why did you decide to join Inspira as a summer staff member?

My Mum worked at the University of Cumbria at the time and found an advertisement for summer staff. I was at University in Leeds and thought it would be a great opportunity to utilise the long summer break, make some money and still have time for traveling myself. I thought it was so much fun I returned for another two years. During my third year on programme another staff member mentioned a NCS Coordinator role that was going to be advertised. I applied but did not get the role! I did however get a phone call explaining that they liked me as a candidate and would like to offer me another role as Skills and Development Advisor in the Carlisle office (which I gladly accepted). I have now been working full time for the company for over a year and love coming to work.  

What do you do on a day to day basis on a workday at Inspira? 

My day to day role is working with a cohort of 16-25-year olds who are not in employment, education or training. I work with lots of people to try and gain them apprenticeships, volunteering roles, work experience, paid employment etc. Here I either work 1:1 or in groups, delivering workshops on CV writing, interview techniques, confidence and communication etc.  

What do you like most about your job? 

I like working with people from a variety of backgrounds, hearing their stories and helping them get to the next chapter of their life by gaining work or training. It is great to hear how well people have done and how far they have gone. I work with a fantastic team of staff and they always manage to put a smile on my face!  

Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession?

Take opportunities wherever they appear, you don’t know where the path might lead you! Get out in the local community and speak to organisations about the different things you can help with.  

Why did you decide to apply for an NCS role?  

I decided to apply to gain some experience working with young people and push myself out my comfort zone! Its not just the young people on NCS who sometimes need a push.  

What was your most rewarding experience working on the NCS programme? 

A couple of years ago my team and I climbed some of Ben Nevis in the heaviest rain. We were so cold and wet but moral never left, during the evening we played games and had the most amount of fun. It helped create a bond and it’s an evening I will never forgot.  

Words to live by 

Don’t worry, be happy! Try and look at the positive in everything.