Prince’s Trust: Day 53 (Friday 16th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

Finally, the last day of The Prince’s Trust Team Programme. What a 12 weeks it has been!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am knackered.

However, I am excited about the next thing which happens to be another programme called ‘Foot In The Door’. The launch was on Monday 19th June. Hopefully, it will help get me into the creative arts sector. Its definitely time for something new.

Whilst it’s been fun to do a daily blog (on the whole) for this, I think I’ll keep it simple and book-related whether that means writing balanced book reviews (with a slight hint of that sarcasm I mentionned in an earlier blog post), or giving you hints about my other bigger current writing project which you will have to wait for because it isn’t finished. Keep your eye out for some guest blogs as well. They’ll be appearing sooner than you think.

I’m looking forward to getting back to what I had on the back burner whilst I was on this course.

More than ever, I am determined to get a job and I will do whatever I can to get one with renewed vigour.

After having seen the last day though, I can categorically say that I wasn’t expecting to feel much emotion. I didn’t cry but it did feel bittersweet.

That’s all for now… until next time.

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 52 (Thursday 15th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

The penultimate day began with showing family members my speech at the presentation. Later, I joined the rest of the team at one of the college’s, but got lost looking for them because I went to the wrong one. Whoops. When I arrived at the right one, I had to do the Maths and English exams again that we did right at the start.

I’ll be honest I was disappointed in the results as I could have done better. For those who want to know:

I scored 58% in the level 1 English.

I scored 80% in the level 1 Maths.

You might be thinking “Hang on a minute Lex, why are you disappointed in those results?”

These are the equivalents of GCSE’s. I got a B in both for my efforts (although don’t ask me about the maths one – I still haven’t figured that one out yet). I have an English honours degree, I can’t be getting 58% in situations like these. Looks like I’ll have to revise those english grammar rules all over again (in which case, I’m heading back to French class to relearn them all – yes, French class, because ladies and gents, that’s where I learnt all the english grammar rules). British schools either cannot be bothered to teach them or they simply don’t teach these grammar rules.

That’s all for now.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 50 (Tuesday 13th June 2017); Day 51 (Wednesday 14th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

As both days concern the same thing, I thought it would be best if I wrote about them on the same blog post.

On Tuesday, we spent the entire day rehearsing our speeches and a practicing a run-through. We were all really struggling to get through them and I wanted to help out my fellow teammates, but for reasons which I cannot disclose I was unable to.

On Wednesday, today we start at 3pm. By the time the group get together most have lost interest but they keep going despite it. The Team go to the ground to do another rehearsal but I had to have a break and stay relaxed. Why? I felt I’d have gone mad if I practiced anymore.

The night went well, although I realise now that I blabbed a bit too much about the ‘Before’ stuff than anything else. Everyone delivered their speeches really well, some better than others even though some asked to have us stood next to them for support. The nerves were still crippling in most of us – I hold my hand up and say I was one of them. I should have stuck to my guns and followed through with my plan to help the team irrespective of the consequences.

That’s all for now.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 49 (Monday 12th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

Back again! I know you’re probably tired of me but I’ve finally got around to writing up the final week of the Prince’s Trust. There will be time for reflection but for now let’s just get on with it!?

On this day, we had two guest speakers (one from a bank and the other from a transport company) called Seb and Paul, who came in to talk to us about presentations. When we made our introductions of ourselves, we had to give Seb and Paul something we wanted to get out of the session and an interesting fact about ourselves. I’m not going to go into great detail about what was said because most of it is private and I don’t want to overstep the line. The desires, however, were pretty much all the same: confidence. Unfortunately, confidence is the only thing that as individuals we can give to ourselves. If that wasn’t the case, I’d have done all I could to give it to the rest of the Team.

We spent the session trying to sell each other a whiteboard marker or a dictionary. No, I didn’t get the dictionary otherwise it would have been a walk in the park. Perhaps that was a good thing – there’s nothing wrong with a challenge. Something to do to step out of our comfort zone. Obviously the exercise was as boring as, but if we could manage to sell either of these things then we could most likely be able to sell ourselves on our presentation night.

The concept of the exercise was not new to me like it was to the rest of the group. The idea of selling ourselves and our skills as a product has been highlighted to me long before I started Team programme. The most recent time being when we did our mock interviews a few weeks ago. The session itself highlighted to me just how much the team still needed help with their confidence long after Seb and Paul had gone.

This last week was going to be a tough but necessary gig.

That’s all for now.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 46 (Wednesday 7th June 2017)

Hey everybody,

On this day, Team 125 went up to a place just on the outskirts of the city centre to help out with Animal Therapy. We spent the entire day outside and I ended up with lobster tan on my nose, but that’s a story for another time.

We were split up into small teams of two’s and threes and then Anji allocated animals to us to look after and introduce to the children. Don’t worry, we all had DBS checks (but they were more in depth).

I won’t go into details about where it was or the extent of what we had to do, purely out of respect for Anji and the people she works with.

We all managed to do our jobs correctly as I don’t recall Anji coming over to any of us at any one time, except the odd occasion that she came over for a chat. It was a great day and for the first time in a long time, my skin colour from a pathetic ghostly white to something slightly brown.

It marked a week until presentation night.

That’s all for now.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 36 (Monday 22nd May 2017); Day 37 (Tuesday 23rd May 2017); Day 38 (Wednesday 24th May 2017); Day 39 (Thursday 25th May 2017)

Dear everyone,

The events relating to The Prince’s Trust have been sparse. Outside of The Prince’s Trust, it has been a discombobulating week which has left the nation reeling, grieving, feeling disgusted but great pride in how the nation has pulled together. For now, let’s just keep things relatively normal (whatever that means).

Day 36 (Monday 22nd May 2017):

On Monday, we all met up to focus on CVs and interviews after our work placements ended last Friday. I went along dressed in a smart trouser suit and shirt (obviously later on as the weather got warmer, I became rather soggy in appearance), because we were going to a proper place of work and it was only right to dress appropriately.

Some of what happened in the CV sessions was a bit repetitive so the most I got from the day was when it came to the mock interviews. Surprisingly, I got full marks. The only bit of criticism which you may have already picked up on is the fact that I am not particularly self-confident. The idea of banging my own drum is a really rather repulsive thought. There have been some who have suggested that if I can’t find ways to be self-confident, I should fake it. That’s something I’ve never been able to do, but I’m willing to try I suppose.

Day 37 (Tuesday 23rd May 2017):

Tuesday morning, I was told the news about the previous night. The worst part about the whole thing was that many of the victims were children. They were someone’s family member. It’s completely and utterly disgusting that some numpty thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to do something like this. I just don’t understand it.

My Muslim friends were horrified by it and stood defiant. it is clear that the perpetrators are not true followers of Islam (a fact we all know to be true). They kept on shaking their heads in disbelief. To be honest, I’m not surprised by their reaction nor our fellow countrymen and countrywomen. Clearly, we are a nation who take comfort in grieving publicly and in being with the community. We take pride in our innate ability to pick ourselves up and carry on despite the difficulties. In the end, this is what makes Britain (Ol’ Blighty) great.

If you wish to donate to support the victims’ family JustGiving page set up by ‘Manchester Evening News’, please click here.

For the whole day at The Prince’s Trust we played catch up on our folders.

Day 38 (Wednesday 24th May 2017):

Some more catch up on folder work. Shuaib and I went to a lunch made for us to thank us for all the hard work we did on our work placements.

Day 39 (Thursday 25th May 2017):

There was more folder work.

Day 40 (Friday 26th May 2017):

We did a bit more folder work. We sat down in the glorious sunsine and I ate my lunch in a park 10 minutes from where I live (even tanned a bit which is so unlike me – I’d usually turn a nasty shade of lobster by now). We saw a play surrounding CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and participated in a Q&A about it. I won’t spoil it but let’s just say it involved a random facebook request. From personal experience I know not to accept people on there who I don’t know, because I was brought up with morals and the ability to know right from wrong. Remember, if you’ve never met them don’t speak to them. Don’t accept the random facebook request.

That’s all the news I have to tell you about from this week. There won’t be a blog post on Monday as it’s a bank holiday here. Hopefully, there will be some more fun stuff to tell you about next week.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 32 (Tuesday 16th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Just a small blog post for today.

The buses were severely delayed this morning so I walked the whole way. Safe to say I was more than a little soggy when I arrived.

My task today was to start on the database. I had a slight issue which was relatively simple to solve. Ash wasn’t here so I took the initative and asked for help from Microsoft Office Tech Team. Both Ash and I are very happy with the progress I am making on it. As I am over halfway through it, I’ll finish it tomorrow.

Shuaib visited me earlier today albeit briefly. It made for a nice break from the work. Speaking of breaks, I made sure I took two more breaks other than just the lunch break (even that was a working one after I had eaten – I was writing up last weeks blog posts…whoopsies…sorry!).

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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