Local youngster Aliya recently undertook a week’s work experience at Youth Focus: North East, here’s what she had to say about her time with us…


This past week has been a remarkable week as I was given the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work at Youth Focus: North East. The main reason why I chose to carry out my work experience at Youth Focus: North East is due to the fact that they work within the mental health spectrum, and in the future I aspire to become a clinical psychologist.

Throughout my time here, I have learnt some valuable skills for both the employment world and for me as a person. I was lucky enough to shadow some of the workers as well as learn more about their projects such as somewhereto_ and Change UR Mind, which enabled me to see how much hard work, passion and dedication goes in to making these projects work.

I was also able to sit in on my very first staff meeting which was exciting yet nerve racking – some may say this was a tad cruel as a newbie, being thrown into the deep end. Nevertheless, here I was able to find out more about each individual project delivered by Youth Focus: North East, which gave me a head start for the rest of the week. I found it interesting to see how staff meetings worked and was surprised when they told me that some of these meetings can last for most of the day!

I was also able to attend one day of the Ladders training programme, which surprised me as I never thought I would come away from that programme with new, valuable skills. Here I was, able to learn some essential skills, such as communication skills and active listening skills which will benefit me in the world of employment and hopefully set me apart from other candidates. What’s more, I also learnt some personal skills that could be put to use when meeting new people, for example barriers of communication, which unfortunately I do myself and can hopefully turn around as now I am aware of it.

I encourage young people who are looking for work experience to apply here as here you are able to get a feel for the job in a comfortable, relaxing, friendly yet hard-working environment. You aren’t stuck making teas and coffees for the staff, or stuck indoors all day behind a desk – you are actually given the opportunity to learn some new skills and apply the skills you already know.

Overall, my experience at Youth Focus: North East has been a very pleasant one, and I wish them all the very best for the projects and Wellbeing Challenges that they are doing. They are all a lovely group of people and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know them.



If you would like to find out more about work experience opportunities at Youth Focus: North East, drop us an email at [email protected]

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  • Zishan Rizvi says:

    Seems like you had a good time and indeed gratifying experience that might help you in future. Appreciate the good words for all the youths out there. Good luck for your ambitions!

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