After finishing my placement just over a week a go I have had time to reflect on my experience working with StreetInvest in the last few weeks. I have really enjoyed being part of such an exciting organisation; where everyone is very busy, doing their own tasks yet also collaborating with each other on others. After 2 weeks of listening in to the conversations that go on in the office and completing the tasks set for me by different people in the office, I truly believe that StreetInvest’s theory of change and mission statement is one that should be followed by all NGOs: by letting the child chose how they want to move forward in their future with the help of a trustworthy adult.
After what will probably go down as one of the hottest weeks of 2017, sitting in the StreetInvest office reading endless documents, reports and websites about youth homelessness in the UK has been a test, and an experience combined.
Windows open, sunlight streaming in and the gentle buzz of the fan in attempt to make the heat bearable; my dissertation idea has evolved and developed as I have completed tasks set for me. I quickly realised that every task that I completed set by StreetInvest provided me with information that will be useful for own research. I have learnt so much this week; written pages of notes; and am full of information, case studies and charity names and details which only a week ago I had never of heard of.
After 2 weeks with StreetInvest I have explored both how an international organisation operates, both in the office and abroad, and how my research will feed into upcoming projects and my dissertation. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the charity and hope to continue discussing my dissertation and their work with them.
Truth’s two week dissertation-linked placement has been a very dynamic and exciting experience. I have loved getting to know my colleagues and have enjoyed communicating with clients and successfully completing a number of tasks.
I’ve been involved in a range of tasks including writing up respondent profiles from an online research platform, taking photographs in workshops and meetings, writing up notes from meetings (and deciphering client’s handwriting), undergoing desk-research, and even interviewing participants in a research group…
The opportunities that Truth has given me have been almost endless!
My plan was to whip up a blog post in the weekend after my first week at Truth. However, time seems to have vanished from my view yet again and here I am on the last Friday of my time here at Truth. Nevertheless, let me give you a run down of last week’s events!
An Invaluable Experience
Working at Truth has provided me with a plethora of new skills, experiences and understandings. It has proven to be an invaluable experience. I’ve been thrown in the deep end and have loved every minute of it. My work this week has included planning research ideas with two of Truth’s clients, playing my part in conducting focus groups, and editing videos.
At the end of my first week at StreetInvest, now is the perfect time to reflect on what I have been doing, where I have come from and where I need to go. This week I have been spending my time sitting at a computer compiling data on homeless policy and frameworks for young people in the UK. This has been really interesting and I have learnt that it’s not surprising so many young people fall through the gaps in regards to both policy and provision. Continue reading
I never thought that I would be writing a blog, but once again my adventures in the study of Geography at Royal Holloway have sprung yet another surprise. I hope to use this blog to inform you of my thoughts about my upcoming placement with ‘Truth Consulting’ in July as well as giving updates about my time there and my dissertation. Continue reading
On a cold April afternoon, still reeling from the excitement of the second year field trip to Malawi, I officially began my dissertation research.
I visited Guildford Cathedral to meet with the Dean of the Cathedral (Dianna Gwilliams) and Director of Operations (Matt O’Grady) to discuss my dissertation. After a fascinating hour long meeting I had more options than my 10,000 word limit could cater for! Moreover the biggest challenge so far has been deciding on the focus.After much deliberation and assistance from my supervisor, a title was created:
“The ‘Mother Church’ and its parishes: relationships between the central Cathedral at Guildford and local congregations in an Anglican diocese of diverse worship.”
The day is drawing closer to which I embark on my trip to Malawi. This will be my first ever time travelling abroad completely by myself and it’s starting to feel like a very daunting (but exciting) adventure.
When I arrive in Blantyre I will be hosted by the Responsible Safari Company, a tour operator who aims to promote sustainable and educational travel. They run tours for school and university field trips, charity work, adventures and challenges as well as people travelling alone to explore some of the key issues communities in Africa are facing. Although I have not met the team at the RSC yet, throughout planning the trip I have had regular contact and they have been extremely helpful with their passion for their work showing through.
When sitting in the house on a rainy day in June it comes to mind that in less than 1 month I will be undertaking my placement with StreetInvest. The excitement for using geography in real life work is what I am most looking forward to during this experience.
I had known that I wanted to do a work placement this summer to gain valuable experience, so applied for the microplacement scheme that Royal Holloway were offering. After going through quite a harsh process I was offered a place on the scheme. However around the same time, the option for this dissertation based placement with StreetInvest it became clear to me that this is the sort of placement that I wanted to undertake! So I applied for both schemes, and after being accepted onto both I decided to choose the one with StreetInvest. This felt amazing; having the choice was a real confidence booster, and has meant that I am thrilled to be able to work with the organisation. Continue reading