Career Ready is a UK-based charity that bridges the gap between education and the workplace by offering young people valuable real-world work experiences. Through internships, mentoring, and masterclasses, Career Ready aims to equip students with the essential employability skills necessary for a successful future.
Molly joined the DYW National Team at the end of June for her internship. From the outset, Molly showed her passion for learning and her dedication to making the most of this experience. During her time with us, Molly was actively involved in various projects, each designed to provide her with a holistic understanding of DYW and the opportunity to contribute meaningfully.
One of Molly's key assignments was a research task focused on DYW and identifying influencers who could support the upcoming #NoWrongPath campaign. The project involved research and analysis, and Molly demonstrated an ability to gather insights and present them effectively. Her fresh perspective brought new ideas to the table, which are always welcomed in the DYW team!
Molly’s mentor through the Career Ready programme had this to say, ‘Overall, Molly brought a fantastic energy to her internship. Her willingness to learn and eagerness to contribute made a significant impact to the team and the projects Molly was working on. Her proactive attitude encouraged everyone to step up their game, and having a fresh set of eyes and a young person’s perspective on how DYW operates was a real boost for our team.
‘As an organisation dedicated to empowering young people, Molly’s internship allowed us to see the positive ripple effect of our work. By providing her with a meaningful internship experience, we’ve played a small part in shaping the future workforce, nurturing talent, and fostering a sense of purpose. Molly's growth and development during her internship reminded us of the importance of our work and the lasting impact we can have on young lives.’
Molly also benefited a lot from the internship. ‘My Career Ready internship with Developing the Young Workforce allowed me to work on many skills, such as confidence, communication, using new technology and much more. All are very valuable skills to have when entering the world of work, and they will stick with me in further education and future employment. During the internship, I completed projects for the team and joined in with meetings which allowed me to gain a great understanding of what working in an office is like and an insight to professional behaviours. I was also lucky enough to be working alongside a wonderful, friendly and understanding team; this instantly calmed all nerves I had before starting the internship.’
There is incredible value in providing young people with opportunities to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and real-world application. DYW, in partnership with Career Ready and MCR Pathways, are hosting an information session at 9am, Thursday 10 August 2023 for organisations interested in learning more about how they can be involved in mentoring young people. To sign up or to find out more, just click on the link below.
Mentoring Information Session
What made this internship successful?
Molly’s enthusiasm for all the projects and tasks she worked on is ultimately what made this a successful internship for all involved. There were a few things, however, which we think supported this to be such a positive experience.