Like many other students across the country, I took the fantastic opportunity of taking an intercalated year out from my studies as an Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management student at Kingston University, London. In this year, I studied in in Melbourne, Australia and sought a work placement in the environmental field, which is how I came across Size of Wales and their brilliant work.
When I returned from Melbourne to a very cold Cardiff in December 2016, I was a bit lost (and severely jetlagged). I attended a DFID meeting where I met Size’s Assistant director, Aimee Parker. She spoke so passionately about the work Size of Wales does, I knew I HAD to catch her to learn more. Luckily, after a quick chat Aimee and I exchanged contact details. Fast forward 9 months later and I have just completed my amazing internship with them!
The immense opportunities haven’t stopped coming since my first day. I started as a volunteer one day a week, gaining essential skills in office admin. I was then offered the opportunity to manage Go Green Day, Size of Wales’ largest fundraising and awareness raising campaign!
In my nine months at Size, I was a bit of a jack of all trades. With a complete staff turnover from Director to Web Designer, I had to adapt to fill the gaps during transitional periods and although it was tough at times, I am so grateful I had the opportunity to learn on the job (the best way to learn!) about a variety of different roles. These included:
– Managing the social media accounts for Size of Wales
– Sending informative emails to our subscribers for Go Green Day events and responding to all incoming Go Green Day queries
– Creating press releases
– Communicating and assisting individuals fundraising on behalf of Size of Wales organising press and promotional materials as well as general support
– Graphic design
– Assisting with Go Green Day’s rebranding and messaging
– General campaign management including website amendments, updating the board of trustees re campaign progress, sourcing sponsorship, creating a comms and promotion plan etc.
– Website development including learning re aesthetic layouts, content building, mapping, coding, creating sign up lists and much more!
– Learning through worked experience about the Welsh third sector as well as the specifics of working for an environmental NGO
– Assisting with special events
– Insight into the process of applying for funding bids
I couldn’t be happier with my time at Size of Wales. As I have evidenced, I have gained so much since that slightly jetlagged day at the DFID meeting and I aim to take every experience on to my next adventure! I am so grateful to have been supported from start to finish by every single member of staff and I will carry their words of wisdom and encouragement with me always. Rita, Aimee, Janie and Claire for your incredible mentorship, Anna and Lowri for keeping me on my toes with new tasks they knew I would enjoy, whilst always supporting me when I got stuck and of course my fellow volunteers Josh, Martin and Owen, It’s been such a pleasure. I would also like to extend my thanks to the board of Size of Wales for having me and I very much look forward to crossing paths in the future.