2011 Grad - Sophie
At first I used to feel like ‘I can’t do it’ but Envision helped me to believe in myself and put myself forward for things that I wouldn’t have done before, including the apprenticeship. Envision definitely gave me the stepping stones to achieve better things and believe in myself.
Sophie’s team chose to focus on intergenerational relationships in their local community. After surveying the public they decided to work to improve the older generation’s perception of young people by volunteering at a local centre running activities for older people. Sophie enjoyed the project so much that she stayed on at the centre as a volunteer for 6 months afterwards.
The people who ran the centre where we volunteered really appreciated our help and were quite surprised that young people had contacted them asking to get involved. I remember this making a really big positive impact on our local community - it showed that young people do actually care about the wider world and the different ways that others live in their community.
Sophie is a Publications Assistant at the University of Bristol working in a big team to oversee all print and online publications. Sophie is also now volunteering as a Business Mentor supporting a team of year 12 students at Merchants’ Academy through our Community-Apprentice programme.
What did you get out of Envision?
I was never very good at talking in interview settings before but Envision definitely helped me to reign in my communication skills as we had to make a video and present to an audience. Working with other people in my team who I hadn’t spent much time with before also really helped develop my teamwork skills.
It made me a lot more confident in myself, I was quite a quiet person before who didn’t put myself forward for anything but once I had done my Envision project it triggered something in me which made me from that point onwards say yes to everything – it showed me that anything is possible! It definitely helped me get where I am now, I started as an apprentice at the University and worked my way up to my role now. At first I used to feel like ‘I can’t do it’ but Envision helped me to believe in myself and put myself forward for things that I wouldn’t have done before, including the apprenticeship. Envision definitely gave me the stepping stones to achieve better things and believe in myself.
I’m really excited to be a business mentor - it’s great to see how Envision has grown since I did it at school! I remember how my Envision mentor was really motivating and how much it helped me to get genuine feedback and encouragement from a professional – it made me feel so grown up. I hope I can do the same for the young people I will mentor and that I can help them see how the skills they develop will benefit their future.