Tom Parry, who works as a Projects Officer for Bristol Hub, has been on the Worthwhile grad scheme since September 2018. Here, he shares his experiences and lets you know what you can expect if you are interested or will be getting involved with Worthwhile next year.

1)   Variety
They say variety is the spice of life, and variety is certainly one thing you’ll get from Worthwhile Training.  From fundraising to finances, careers to sales, human centred design to planning your very own social enterprise, there is a huge variety and breadth of topics on offer at Worthwhile.

One piece of advice I would have is, don’t expect everything to be relevant to your current role or job, but that this is by no way a bad thing. This isn’t to say that you won’t gain understanding, skills and insight that will help you in your immediate role, you definitely will, but more than this, you will also develop a wide range of skills and expertise to help you succeed and progress in your future career, whether that be in the third sector, or somewhere else.

Approach all training sessions with an open mind and always think about how you might apply what you’re learning into your current and if you don’t see the immediate relevance, think about how it may help you in your future career or even in your personal life.

2)   Friendly People
Whether it be your fellow Worthwhile graduates, Worthwhile staff or any of the guest speakers/trainers, you will without doubt, meet loads of incredibly friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and inspiring individuals. Make the most of this: chat to everyone you can, share ideas, knowledge and advice, and most importantly… add them on linked in!

3)   Fun and engaging sessions
Training can’t always be all thrills, no expense spared, blockbuster, exhilarating, no holds barred… Ok I’ll stop now. My point is, that Worthwhile are a charity without the luxury to spend thousands of pounds on training. However, they always make a huge effort to create fun, engaging and interesting days for their graduates, and from my experience, they always succeed.  Expect role play, inspiring speakers, lots of group work, presentations and maybe even some Zumba to get you back in the right frame of mind after lunch (if you’re that way inclined).

Tom (far right)

4)      Lots of support
Worthwhile are all about supporting their graduates to learn, progress and succeed, in whatever area of interest you may have. You’ll be amazed by the diversity of interests and expertise across their network and amongst their alumni.

Once again, make sure you make the most of this by asking for help, support and guidance whenever you can, people will nearly always be willing to help, especially if you buy them a coffee.

I had a really great time on the Worthwhile Grad scheme, and I hope that this blog will help to open your eyes a little more to what you can expect if you are part of this scheme.