A 2016 leaver after their first summer on the programme

In the past two weeks I believe I have undoubtedly changed as a person. I never thought that when I applied to The Talent Tap scheme at the beginning of this year that I would be here, months later, with all the great memories and new friends, wishing I could rewind time and do it all over again.

Understanding business. I have come to appreciate business a lot more than I did prior to The Talent Tap. Before, I didn’t really know what was involved in business; I just imagined people in suits reading charts and sitting behind desks all the time. Yet now I know it involves so much more.  For example I learned that Tim Warrillow, the CEO of Fever Tree, went to the Rwanda Congo border to find the perfect ingredient, quinine, for his tonic. It’s safe to say that now I have a completely different view of business- it can really take you anywhere.

Team Building. Though school had many team building opportunities, team building in The Talent Tap scheme has been the best yet.  The Holiday Park project and Restaurant project in Darwin and Balderton have felt like the most realistic team projects I’ve ever had to do, and they’ve helped me understand how a team can work together to achieve a goal. Even the Escape Room activity that Joe and Naomi hosted really helped me see what a real team looked like and allowed me to bond with the rest of The Talent Tap group.

Living in London. Living in Central London these past two weeks has shown me what a real working life can be like.  The different sorts of people you see in the morning on the way to work and the chaos of the tube during rush hour allowed me to appreciate how different the world is when you leave school. Everyone you see is serious about what they’re doing which is a huge difference to the atmosphere of school. The freedom we had really threw us me into the responsibilities of an adult life and helped me mature and change massively in only a few days.

Summary.  I am so thankful for the opportunities that The Talent Tap has given me this year, and I have already been nagging my friends in the year below me at Wellington to apply as soon as they have the chance, because it has been one of the best experiences of my life and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

School leaver work experience