Earlier this year after I completed an internship, the time came to start my job search. Whilst looking for a job I wanted to keep busy – having already gained an intern opportunity through WEXO in October 2009 at Extreme, I was keen to see what the site had to offer. I came across a position looking for a writer to join the London-based charity Kids Company. After the initial interview they were happy to take me on.
I felt, however, that the posting on WEXO was initially misleading as it was filed under the job section; it was only during my interview that I realised it was to be an unpaid position. I took the opportunity anyway and for two weeks was immersed in the Kids Company world. I went to a centre visit to see all the great work Kids Company does for young children in inner city London. I found the staff to be very welcoming and friendly which is always a massive plus when you are the ‘newbie’. For a journalism graduate I enjoyed reading all the different print media they produced and was itching to get down to some writing on their behalf. Unfortunately, it transpired that I was to be more of an editor than a writer. Initially I was disappointed with this but then was able to put my own stamp on pieces that I had edited.
I enjoyed my time at Kids Company and would have happily stayed there if I thought I was going to be paid for my contribution in the near future. Sadly, I had to leave for a job that was paid. I am still in touch with Kids Company and have put myself and a friend down to volunteer this Christmas as part of their volunteer team.