Spoke’s digital intern says farewell

23 July 2014

Matt Jones, digital intern at Spoke, says his final goodbyes and shares his six-month internship experience at Spread the Word and A New Direction.

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Summing up this internship is going to be difficult, simply for the sheer mass of knowledge, work experience, and life experience gained from working on Spoke, in such a short space of time, that has flown by so quickly.

Words really won’t be able to portray it enough, nor my gratitude or thanks for such an amazing, positive, welcomingly challenging, all round fulfilling job opportunity and a rare opportunity at that.

Immersing yourself within so many different working environments, with different work etiquettes, different types of people, different types of bosses, and learning from those people all the values and factors of the working world, whether it is a more corporate, freelance or creative type of work. From the way you present yourself in meetings, to the way you type up your e-mails, all the little things, being able to analyse, adapt & differentiate between them all, and figure out where I feel most comfortable, has been one of the greatest benefits that this internship in particular has offered me, a bulk of knowledge that I will definitely carry through when following into my next job.

My outlook on work life has unquestionably changed. All the frustrations and problems while finishing full time education, ‘battling’ through a series of surprisingly displeasing jobs, one after the other, re-evaluating what I wanted to pursue in life, and my career, admittedly having quite a defeated attitude, has been without a shadow of a doubt resolved. I’m mentally in a much better place on the subject of career. I feel so much more confident moving on into the next chapter of my career, and all the future endeavours I have in the pipeline.

The internship has opened my eyes and taught me a lot, although challenging at times, particularly on the communication front (making sure every partner is up to date with my workload, and juggling the workload from one partner to the other), I couldn’t have wished for a better opportunity, working alongside a great bunch of people, who made work feel more of a pleasure than a burden.

Never once did I wake up for work with the feeling of not wanting to go in, which 6 months ago, I’d be telling you a different story. It’s rekindled my faith in the world of work, I know exactly what I want to do and where I want to go with my career and I’ve grown up as a person by sheer amounts, so if anything I just want to say thank you, to Spread the Word, Apples & Snakes, A New Direction & Claudia, I’m smiling from ear to ear. Its been a total success.

How did Create Jobs and AND helped Matt to access this internship?

Last year, Matt saw advertised the position of Digital Intern for Spoke at his local Job Centre Plus in Tower Hamlets and decided to applied for the position. Thanks to A New Direction and Create Jobs flexible working partnership with the Job Centre Plus, Matt had the opportunity to access and apply for the job, followed by a successful interview.

About Spoke

Spoke is a new visionary poetry and spoken word programme that will offer people in East London an opportunity to watch, perform and develop careers in spoken word and performance poetry in and around the newly re-opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Spoke has been commissioned by the LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation), and is being developed by A New Direction.


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