Focus On: Work Experience | A Chance to Experience it All
Taylors are regular providers of work experience opportunities for young, developing minds to expand their educational horizons and to let keen students learn more about their potential career path. Taylors most recent work experience student, Elana, was initially concerned that her broad educational interests might prevent her from knowing which career to follow, but during her time at Taylors, the experience encouraged her to think differently and discover new skills.
Initially placed into the People, Culture and Brand, and Health and Safety teams, Elana was keen to step out and begin immersing herself in the opportunities available to her. “It was good, we went out and I got to see how it all works outside of the office. I helped with the Health and Safety toolboxes and went with Matt (Health and Safety Coordinator) out to a site to see the surveyors and see how a JSEA was completed. There was a bit of variety there.”
Opportunities were also abundant back in the office where Elana discovered her interests lay. “Construction was my favourite out of all of them, I was in with the engineering teams and saw projects moving through, from the start to the final product. I had the opportunity to be a part of drafting with Karli and use all of the programs – they showed me how to use CAD; I’m usually the worst with computers but they made it really simple for me to use. I learnt the basics and Karli printed off shortcuts to help me. I then moved to the construction team and got to sit in on a client meeting as well, which was enjoyable as it was more personal to learn.”
With the chance to get involved in multiple teams across the business, Elana is leaving Taylors with a new eye for potential career paths. “My time here has definitely sparked an interest, which is good because I had no idea what to do when I leave school. I’ve been struggling because I have a broad range of subjects that I enjoy, but this experience has helped me and my decisions.”
“Work experience provides students with a real-life experience,” said Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Zoe Cox. “and gives them visibility to the working environment. It gives them the opportunity to understand what it’s like to work in the discipline they want to follow in the future.”
“I wasn’t expecting to be able to do this much;” Elana reflected. “there’s all these horror stories about how you would go to a site and get shoved to the side and not get the opportunity to do much, so I was really happy that with Taylors I was able to interact. Everyone here has been really helpful and shared so much knowledge. I’ve been welcomed for sure, there’s always been help upstairs; if I was struggling with something, I could ask ten people and they’d be more than happy to assist me. When you’re a work experience kid, you kind of feel like a burden on everyone and you kind of feel like you’re another thing to deal with. But here they didn’t treat me like that at all.”
“It was really nice to have Elana in, she has such maturity and was incredibly friendly. All those soft skills are really important, you might have all the technical skills in the world, but can you talk to people and build relationships? These are all self-taught lessons and it’s great to see students build upon these during their time here.”
If you have any queries about potential work experience opportunities, more information can be found here.