Work Experience: from attending to running the Boots UK Work Inspiration Programme

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After finishing my A Levels, I was unsure of what I wanted to do next. I knew that I wanted to continue my education and do something fun and exciting however I was not sure if University was really the right thing for me."

I decided to speak to my careers advisor and she recommended that I went along to the Boots UK Shine Bright event, which showcases all of the career opportunities at Boots UK for young people.

On the evening of Shine Bright I spoke to lots of people about the different functions in Boots UK and got an insight into what they were all about. Some of the departments that stood out to me were Marketing, Supply Chain and Branding. But the function that I knew I would really love to get involved with was HR. I am a real people person and I enjoy supporting and socialising with others so this sounded like something that I would enjoy and be good at.

During my time at Shine Bright I also learnt more about the Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme and this sounded like a really amazing opportunity! I spoke with a current apprentice and I was so impressed and inspired by how enthusiastic and positive she was about the programme. She advised me to apply for Work Inspiration to gain more of an insight into what it’s like to work for Boots UK to help me make my decision, so that’s what I did.

Work Inspiration is a work experience programme run by Boots UK every summer and it gives students the opportunity to gain an insight into the working world and Boots UK as a business. I heard talks from senior leaders, got to learn more about the history of Boots and got involved in fun team activities and presentations. I also got to spend some time in HR where I was based in recruitment. The first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone was and the happy, positive vibes that filled the work place. It felt that this was definitely somewhere I would be able to fit in. I got a really good insight into the world of HR, learning about the HR life cycle and getting the chance to shadow people, sit in on meetings and do my own research tasks and presentations.

My time on Work Inspiration confirmed my decision to apply for the Future Leaders Programme and I was over the moon when I found out I had been successful! I am now so happy to say I am an apprentice in HR and I have been given the amazing responsibility of leading the work experience agenda; which means I am now organising Work Inspiration for Summer 2016. I love my role because I am extremely passionate about delivering a great work inspiration programme as I would not be where I am today without it!

Rowan Design & Delivery Assistant