Aishah Karjikar, from Copthall school in London, enjoyed a four-week paid internship at Arcadis, a global design, engineering and management consulting company. Here Aishah tells us how the internship helped her learn about the world of work and boost her confidence throughout the pandemic.

Shy but curious

Before my internship at Arcadis, I was quite a shy person who lacked confidence within a professional environment and was a little unsure of the pathway I wanted to pursue. Despite this, I felt curious and open to trying new things.

My internship allowed me the opportunity to experience virtual working, which has quickly become the new norm. I was quite nervous to begin with as I have little experience working virtually, however a few days in and I found myself building good relationships with the other interns and our managers who were all so friendly and helpful.

It made a huge impression

We took part in a range of workshops and activities that helped us gain a deeper insight into the ‘Business Transformations’ team. The mini project was a crucial part of the internship, it allowed me to collaborate with the other interns and gave me a chance to improve my presentation skills which, as a transferable skill, has been most beneficial to me.

My favourite part of the internship was visiting the Arcadis office in London. It was a great opportunity to be able to see and experience the workplace first-hand. I was able to meet the other interns face-to-face, get to know them better and work on my own professional network.

My internship at Arcadis left a huge impression on me; I feel more confident and now have a deeper insight into the working world. It has also highlighted alternative post-16 routes like apprenticeships and has made me feel as though it’s somewhere I could actually work one day.

Crucial opportunities for young people

I strongly believe opportunities like this one are so important because they allow young people like me the chance to gain crucial workplace experience.

The pandemic and online learning left me feeling a little lost and unmotivated, I was not particularly positive about my prospects. But I believe my internship at Arcadis has inspired me to work hard and achieve my goals.

I would strongly recommend the Career Ready programme, especially for those young people who are unsure about their future.

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