Jack McLellan, 24, from the London Borough of Havering has an undiagnosed form of muscular dystrophy. He’s spent two months on a placement in the Care, Information and Advocacy department as part of the Trailblazers work experience project Moving Up.Jack immediately made an impression as a friendly, competent and interesting team member. I’m Isabel Baylis, Work Experience Development Officer, and I caught up with Jack up to find out how he got on…
What do you want to do as a career?
I graduated three years ago and I hadn’t really found anything that grabbed me, now I know this is the sort of field I want to continue working in.
What’s been the best part of the placement?
When I found out the outcome of one of the first support letters I wrote. The man was originally awarded nothing for PIP and now he has the standard care rate and enhanced mobility rate. I could see the direct positive effect of my work.[Pretty much everyone who gets placed in the Care, Information and Advocacy department gives this feedback so if this sounds like the sort of work you’d enjoy we’d highly recommend it!]
And the funniest?
We are constantly battling with the air-conditioning! We’re at the colder end of the office so we’re often complaining of the cold but then you get warm again really quickly.[Ah yes the air conditioning sagas. Considering us Brits love to moan about the weather at least it gives us something to talk about!]
Any advice for someone considering a placement?
Do as much as you can because the more things you experience the more you find out what you like doing. I tried to say yes to everything!
It was great to catch up with Jack and find out that he’d had such a positive experience of the placement. He’ll be continuing to work with the Care, Information and Advocacy department for the next few months. If you’d like to get involved in Moving Up please fill in our online survey here or contact Isabel Baylis on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7803 2889. We’re holding an employment skills workshop on the 9th July, to find out more read here.