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Before I came to university, I thought I had my life career planned out. I would get a good degree, get a good job in a bank, make some money and lead a good life. It all made sense! Then I realised that I wanted a career where I was actually working with people and really making a difference. I started searching for different options and talking to my careers service, and Frontline struck me as exactly the type of organisation I was looking for. I started researching the charity to find out more about it, and reading about social work as a career.
When I first discovered Frontline, I was very impressed with their ethos, and wanted to know more about what they did and what being a social worker really involved. It seemed like a no brainer to apply for an insight day, particularly as it was for those from minority backgrounds. The fact that the application included a mini essay was actually quite appealing as it was so different from normal applications, and I enjoyed writing about a topic that I am passionate about.
The insight day was a brilliant experience, it told me everything I needed to know about social work and training to become a social worker with Frontline. There were multiple opportunities to talk to Frontline’s interns, to graduates on the programme about their experiences, as well as a number to social workers. The day was very interactive, with different exercises and scenarios which allowed you to imagine the type of work you might face as a social worker, and the sorts of challenges that arise.
Attending the insight day most definitely changed my perceptions of social work. Going in, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Social work isn’t a career that is talked about a lot, and I didn’t really know much about it, so I wanted to go in with an open mind. All I really knew was how difficult a job it is and what I had heard in the news. However, meeting with social workers, they explained that although it was challenging, it could also be massively rewarding. I learnt how much work, time, and effort goes into every case, which to me just makes it stand out so much from many other careers.
The insight day was incredibly beneficial and helped me to understand a career path that is not widely talked about, and not very well understood. If anyone is thinking about Frontline or social work, I would really recommend applying for the insight days to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be a social worker, and for the opportunity it provides to talk to people about any questions you might have. You also get to meet people from so many different backgrounds, studying a huge range of courses, and to hear about their motivations for coming to the insight day. All in all, it was a really interesting day with some inspiring people with plenty of opportunities for interaction!
From insight days to brand management
Following all my research on Frontline, and particularly after attending the insight day, I became more and more interested in social work, and wished I had known what a great career it was before then. This gave me the motivation to want to market Frontline myself and spread the word about the charity, the graduate programme, and the values they stand for. I had been thinking about getting a job in second year, to gain skills, experience, and to earn some money. This job just seemed to tick all the boxes; it was something I thought I would enjoy, was flexible around my degree and offered plenty of opportunities to meet lots of different people and have a chat!
What I’ve really enjoyed about working as a brand manager is that it’s allowed me to talk to so many new people about all the opportunities Frontline offers. I’ve had the chance to meet people from lots of different backgrounds with a wide variety of interests. I’ve also really appreciated the responsibility Frontline trusts you with. They tell you what they expect of you and give you all the training needed to be able to publicise the company, but if I have my own ideas or an opportunity arises, they are flexible and allow me to do my job however I think works best.
I’ve learnt so much from the role, a lot of which will be applicable to whatever I choose to do in the future. For example, by planning my own events, I’ve learnt how to find useful contacts, market Frontline around campus and have gained the confidence to work with a variety of different people, in a range of settings.
Attending the insight day really made me understand what Frontline was all about. Having met with people and discussed first-hand the type of work they do, I knew that Frontline was an organisation I could really talk passionately about and sell to other students, so it was a great springboard into working as brand manager. So, if you’re interested in finding out more about Frontline and social work then I’d thoroughly recommend attending an insight day.