Kickstarter Tasha reflects on the scheme as she takes her next steps

Date Created: 12th Oct 2021

Photo shows Tasha McIntyre, a previous Kickstarter.

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Tasha is one of 22 young people who began employment with Artswork through the Kickstart scheme this summer. Due to the pandemic, all training before starting work with each partner organisation took place online, and this is where Tasha met and bonded with her peers and experienced trainers Jane and Anna.

Not long into her journey with us, Tasha was offered a copywriting position at P&O Cruises. In this blog post, Tasha reflects on how taking part in the Kickstart scheme prepared her new role:

Being a Kickstarter made me find my voice. The experience taught me that my opinions matter and my contributions are valued, and often shared by those around me. This programme was an unforgettable experience, and one that I would encourage anyone to take up if they get the chance. Under the guidance of trainers, there are so many skills to be gained from being a Kickstarter and it really allows you to get your foot in the door and start building your career.

Networking was one of my favourite parts about being a Kickstarter. By doing this programme, you get the chance to meet not only multiple businesses, but people your own age who you grow to have lots in common with. It’s an excellent chance for budding friendships and getting your social circle to grow.

The people on the programme really make the experience a great one. Being exposed to so many personalities expands social awareness and it’s great to see so much and diversity and inclusivity in a cohort.

Being a Kickstarter isn’t just about going over things you already know. Even if you have a degree, there are some new things that are brought to your attention during the programme. It’s a fun learning experience and allowed me to not only learn about various facets of working with other companies that I wasn’t aware of, but also various facets of me that I was yet to discover before starting, too.

As someone who suffers with a Generalised Anxiety Disorder, I thought the possibility of me doing this programme was very slim. But, perhaps the greatest thing I learnt from being a Kickstarter, is that you can live with a mental illness and still do great things. You can live with a mental illness and still grow. You can surprise yourself. Somewhere throughout my time as a Kickstarter, I underwent a subtle transformation. One I didn’t know was occurring until I sat one day and thought ‘wow. Look at us. We did it, despite the odds. We did it, even when we convinced ourselves we couldn’t.

We wish Tasha all the best in her new role and congratulate her on her successful move. As this blog has shown, sometimes just spending a few weeks in the right environment can make a big impact on a young person’s life, and equip them with the confidence to go forth and succeed.

The remainder of our Kickstarters will be continuing on their journeys with us throughout the Autumn and  into the New Year. We will be regularly posting updates of their progress – through blogs written by Grace, working in our Communications team, and news stories. Keep an eye on our news page for the next one. And if you are aged between 16-24 and are interested in seeing what Kickstart roles are available in your local area, speak to your DWP Work Coach for more information.

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