My Work Experience at Slough Aspire POSTED BY WILL CHARLTON, JUNE 2017 


My Work Experience at Slough Aspire 

For the last four days I have taken part in a work placement set up by my school and ‘Learning to Work’. My friends have been complaining about their placements all week yet my placement could not be more different. Slough Aspire, run by efficient and friendly Fiona Jones (CEO), is the ideal place for a 16 year old (like me) to work. There has been a course set out for me which has helped me obtain the experience I needed to obtain while also giving me an element of freedom which has allowed me to take away from the experience the skills that I wanted to take away rather than set requirements being dictated to me. This productive yet relaxed vibe stems from the wonderful staff that I encountered as well as the well-renowned ‘eco-industrial’ workspace that Aspire markets itself on. This goes to prove to all young people who are dreading working in an office that not all offices have to be dull and depressing and that work can be seen as an opportunity rather than a chore. 
Although four days is not a long time to work I feel that I have learnt a lot in my time. I have done work on computers through working on the way the Aspire markets itself and more importantly who they market themselves to. I have had roles at the front of house during events which has undoubtedly helped me gain skills relating to customer service - a trait that everyone has to learn. I have also had tasks working with staff as a team rather than just an individual role which is again something everyone has to learn to do as they progress in the world of work and this was made easier by the friendly and intelligent Aspire team. At other times I have helped reset the working space as well as organising packets and leaflets from which Aspire markets itself. 
Perhaps the most valuable thing that I have learned over my time at Slough Aspire is the ‘people skills’ that employers always refer to. Whether it was doing simple meeting and greeting or doing tasks alongside the team, my confidence has grown enormously and it has been an invaluable experience for me. I would especially like to thank Fiona Jones, Andrea Hurman, Sara Loughlin and Amelia Plaister for always being helpful and informative as well as wonderful people to work with - it really does make a difference. 
Will Charlton - Eton College 
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