First Impressions

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Jun2012 11

We asked Henry, who has just started volunteering with us, to give us his thoughts on what made him want to work for a start-up social enterprise in the education sector. Here are his first impressions:

Since I graduated from university back in 2010, I’ve stumbled through a lot of internships and job applications, from marketing to journalism, a quick dalliance with finance, a brilliant but ultimately utterly pointless two-week period when I decided to be a video game designer (being unable to code or program ruined that one), then back to journalism and marketing all over again. But the one constant that has run through these two years, probably at the back of my mind my whole life, has been education. Whether it be attending school trips to the Isle of Wight or baking 500 cakes in two days for enterprise week, or simply helping out in the classroom, I always enjoyed working with children and helping them with their educational journey. Working with children is so inspiring, and there are few careers as important as educating our young people. So that’s what I decided to do! I start my PGCE in September. With the career dilemma solved, I had another problem to tackle; what to do until my PGCE started? I wanted to do something involved with education, but, apart from being a TA, what were my options? Then I stumbled across Enabling Enterprise.

EE’s mission really spoke to me. I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurship, from simple things everyone who’s “interested in Entrepreneurship” does, like watching the Apprentice and Dragons’ Den, to participating in the Young Enterprise programme when I was in sixth form, so working for a company that encourages these skills at a young age seemed like a brilliant opportunity. But what really impressed me, and set them apart in my eyes, was their insistence on including practical elements in each task; theory is all well and good, but if you don’t apply that theory to a tangible project, you’re just left with words being spoken at you. By creating a new brand of chocolate bar, or designing a new bridge out of newspaper, the children use the theory to create something unique to themselves, and they are far more likely to remember the theory and the lessons of the session. And on top of that, they have a great time too!

I’ve only been at Enabling Enterprise for two weeks so far, and it has easily lived up to and exceeded my expectations. From my first day where instead of an induction I was whisked off to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a session with a boisterous year five class, to creating extensive teaching resources for use in a future programme, to visiting some of the biggest corporations in London and working with excited, motivated, brilliant children; it’s been quite a baptism of fire! Every day I’m learning new and exciting things about Enabling Enterprise and its work in and around education, and every day I’m further inspired to work with these brilliant and exciting people who are making such a difference to so many children’s lives.

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