It isn’t easy getting jobs at banks or the NHS at a young age but internships allow you to do so.
Who are you?
My name is Rafshan Khan and I’m a student at South Thames College, Merton. I recently completed my internship with the NHS, based at Leatherhead Hospital.
How did you feel before your internship?
I was completing my BTEC Business level 3. The internship was my first paid job and gave me the first real working experience.
What did you enjoy about your internship?
Meeting new people and learning many things about working life. My manager was very nice and made sure I had a great time.
I also learned a lot about the NHS as well as learning my own job role (Communications Assistant). I became very comfortable with my colleagues and ended up having a great experience.
Why do you think internships are important?
Internships provide students with experience – it isn’t easy getting jobs at banks or the NHS at a young age but internships allow you to do so.
My internship gave me necessary experience and knowledge for the future.
What tips would you give other students preparing for their internships?
My tips for other students would be to enjoy yourself and make sure to gain as much knowledge as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get involved as it will help you a lot.
Why would you recommend other students apply?
I would recommend Career Ready overall to other students because it helped me to think about my future. I learned about how to be successful in interviews, how to write a better CV and general information about careers.
Students who take the programme have the opportunity to visit firms and learn about different organisations. Lastly, the mentors are also very useful and can help you to gain knowledge.