Tomi Ojo from Media Trust, a national charity that transforms lives through the power of the media and the creative industries, offered Zubair from Westminster Kingsway College a four-week paid internship. Here, Tomi describes the benefits of having an intern to her team and her overall professional development.

It was great having a Career Ready intern as part of our youth team, it’s important that we know what young people are thinking and how to best engage them, so having a voice which represented them in meetings was perfect.

Having someone report directly to me was a completely new experience and challenge that I really enjoyed. I was happy to pick up some introductory management skills and learn alongside Zubair. The whole process has been a useful exercise in planning my workload alongside someone else’s and ensuring that they are on target by having regular catch-ups. 

Zubair definitely now has a better insight into what media opportunities are out there for young people and how to connect with professionals in that field. I watched Zubair go from quiet and shy to being a key leader at one of our youth events and presenting to the team at the end of his internship. The most rewarding part was watching Zubair network and build connections with corporate partners and media professionals, so successfully that many of those connections wanted to keep in touch with him and follow his next steps.

I would highly recommend hosting a Career Ready intern, it was so rewarding and enjoyable to have a young person in the office who is willing and eager to get stuck into the world of work. You’re not just teaching them, they will end up teaching you something too. It’s a win-win for all!

Thanks to funding from Standard Life Aberdeen we have been able to work with charities across the UK, like the Media Trust, to offer the opportunity of a four week paid internship to students like Zubair.