Stirling Community Enterprise celebrates the Year of Young People
Each quarter we celebrate the successes of one of the young people who has attended Stirling Community Enterprise and reflect on their journey to employment. This quarter we wanted to put the spotlight on Sean our fantastic and talented Administration and Marketing Assistant.
I didn’t feel like I had any employability skills before coming to Stirling Community Enterprise.
Did you have much confidence in your ability to find a job?
I didn’t have any confidence in my ability to find a job.
You completed an Employability Fund course at Stirling Community Enterprise, what skills did this teach you?
The employability course taught me skills such as CV writing, interview prep and application filling along with work experience.
Did you ever think that after completing the course at Stirling Community Enterprise that you’d be employed by them? How did you feel when this happened?
They were very keen that I apply for the vacancy with them after I completed my course so I was fairly confident that I would be employed by them however, I still had some doubts. When I found out I got the job I was very excited at the opportunity to work in such a supportive environment and further develop my confidence.
How would you describe your experience working with Stirling Community Enterprise?
I would describe my experience working with Stirling Community Enterprise as challenging; each day some task or situation will push me out of my comfort zone and overcoming these challenges further develops my confidence.
What was the hardest part of your journey into employment?
The hardest part of my journey into employment was asking for the help I needed to overcome my personal barriers.
What has the best part been of this whole experience so far?
The best part of my experience so far has been how much Stirling Community Enterprise has helped me develop as a person.
You’ve been working with Stirling Community Enterprise for eight months now, how does that make you feel?
It surprises me to think that I’ve changed so much in only eight months.
Looking back at where you started, to where you are now, how does it feel to know you have secured employment?
Looking back at where I started it makes me feel proud to think of all the personal challenges I overcame to now be in employment.
How has this experience allowed you to improve and grow?
This experience has allowed me to improve and grow by giving me opportunities to push my boundaries and try new things in a supportive environment.
What have you learned about yourself and what advice would you give to a young person who was in your shoes a year ago?
I have learned to better value myself and I would tell any young person in a similar situation to where I was that they should always ask for help where they need it.
Would you like to say anything to the Stirling Community Enterprise team?
I wouldn’t be the same person without the help and support you’ve given me.
If you could describe the Stirling Community Enterprise in three words, what would they be?
Supportive. Dedicated. Caring.
Emma MacGregor, Managing Director for Stirling Community Enterprise comments on Sean’s time with the team:
We were delighted to welcome Sean to the team at the end of last year. Working within a small company Sean has been able to quickly utilise his skills and has really made a difference in a short space of time. We have benefited greatly from bringing on a young person who is eager to learn and develop their skills and in return we offer a supportive environment with a clear role where we make sure that no question is a silly question. Sean’s main skills include, and what we want him to continue to challenge us with, is his ability to look through a different lense, adopting a logical approach and improve our creativity in order to enhance our marketing and communications.