By Sam Noakes – New Business Executive, 25th April 2018
My first six months at We are Futures, a unique youth engagement agency, were my first six months in my future career. As a young person myself, the values and ambitions of We are Futures really resonate with me, and the benefits of being part of a small organisation with a genuine social purpose were a great match:
Organisations showing a genuine commitment to positive change was a top priority when searching for my first job. We are Futures believes in Building Brilliant Futures for young people, clients, colleagues and communities. Their message resonated with me and I knew it would be somewhere I’d be motivated to work.
From the start, I’ve been offered great opportunities to learn about a new sector and roles beyond my own. Whilst I’m a New Business Executive, I’ve been lucky enough to assist a Business Development Manager with our agency transition from National Schools Partnership to We are Futures, help shape the core thinking around our nascent Youth Network, control content on our agency social media pages, speak at a board meeting, attend exciting events including YMS 18, the leading Youth Marketing event in London, and much more! Having all this responsibility has been a challenge but essential to my growth, allowing me to learn and develop a diverse range of skills both bespoke to the sector and transferable beyond.
Skills and Understanding
A small team has meant quickly developing my skills and understanding, being able to talk to anyone at any level of the organisation, learning from their experience. This has been invaluable in developing a comprehensive understanding of how the business operates and everyone’s role within this to achieve our overarching vision and mission.
Whether it’s complementary Friday drinks to bring everyone together, flexi-time to fit my personal schedule or a healthcare contribution encouraging me to swim, there’s a host of benefits to ensure my work-life balance is struck right. Ultimately, it’s the lovely people who are genuinely interested in your life outside the office that’s the greatest benefit, making my time here more enjoyable and rewarding.
I’ve had a great experience so far and I look forward to seeing what the future holds!