Intern finds her stepping stone at Prospects
Research Intern for Prospects' Brent Connexions
Internships often get bad press, particularly those in popular industries like fashion, marketing, PR and the media. But for many young graduates they are the stepping stone from university into a sought-after career.
At Prospects we employ interns, offering them valuable work experience and a chance to improve their employability skills. Like all our staff, interns are paid a Living Wage and are given the opportunity to grow within their role.
One of our interns, Tasneem Mahmoud, has already found the experience to be her stepping stone.
Tasneem applied to work with our team for Brent Connexions whilst seeking a permanent entry level position. During her search she realised an internship would help to enhance and develop her desired skills, and this would make her considerably more employable.
Tasneem joined as a research intern, and got to work developing the essential skills required in her chosen field of PR and marketing. She carried out research on the barriers young people in Brent face if they are not in employment, education or training as part of the Go! project run by Brent Connexions on behalf of Brent Council.
The type of work and amount of responsibility gave Tasneem the edge when it came to finding a role at the end of her internship. She landed a job in marketing and is now working for publishers, LID, as their Marketing Assistant.
Tasneem commented: “The high level of responsibility my role at Prospects demanded helped to impress my new employer. It also showed that I am not afraid to step out of my comfort zone and proved what I am capable of in a small length of time.”
Andrew Wilkinson, Operations Manager for Prospects Brent Connexions was impressed with Tasneem: “Tasneem has worked on a research project at Brent. She has brought a fresh outlook and has been quick to fit into the team making a valuable contribution. Her friendly and go-get approach makes her a tremendous asset and I am delighted that she has found a permanent role in her chosen field, now her time at Prospects has concluded.”
Notes to Editor
Prospects work for the London Borough of Brent providing Connexions services in Brent, and have been highly successful in reducing NEET figures in the borough. We also provide services for young people with disabilities and careers advice in the majority of schools in the borough.
The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we support more than 500,000 young people and adults.
Alona De Havilland