Success Stories

We’ve been really lucky to be a part of so many young people’s journeys already. Take a look at a few for yourself, we’re dead proud!

  • Kirsty Chapman Apprentice Dog Groomer at Shear K9s

    What are you enjoying most about your job?
    Always being around and working with animals everyday

    What are you finding difficult in your role?
    Seeing animals that are not well coming into the salon, I find it hard to keep my emotions under control when I see an animal suffering

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    Hopefully have my own mobile grooming shop!

    Has Generation NE helped you?
    The programme has helped me get where I am today, if it wasn’t for Generation NE I wouldn’t have the job I have always dreamt of

    Has your life changed since you became employed and how?
    Yes as now I’m doing something I love, I’m starting a new chapter in my life and I’m hoping for a bigger future!

    Read Kirsty Chapman's Story
  • Tania Karim Graduate Laboratory Technician at Derwentside Environmental Testing Services Ltd

    I recently graduated in summer 2017 and started looking for the ideal role by myself. I mainly searched online on job sites such as Indeed, NHS jobs etc but also attended job fairs prior coming across Generation NE.

    I was looking for a role in which I could get a good challenging experience within a laboratory environment and learn new skills and techniques. From this I wanted to be able to pick up on what I enjoy the most and least and hopefully take what I enjoy further in my career. Although I was very consistent with my job search, looking almost every day, aswell as continuously editing my CV to make it the best it can be, I wasn't getting the desired responses and had no clue as to why.

    Then I came across Generation NE at a careers fair where I was introduced to them and had explained to me what they do to help young people, including graduates such as myself to support them to get the perfect job. Their service of digital appointments is what really intrigued me. It saves a lot of time and cost from travelling, it was definitely much more convenient to book different times and also be able to change if required, to make it more suitable around my timetable.

    During these appointments which I had with my advisor, there was a large range of activities and topics on offer for me to take up as and when I wanted. We decided to start from the beginning and discuss what sort of roles I was looking for, to gain a good understanding of what to keep an eye out for job searching. We then went on to spend time working on my CV to make it suitable for the type of roles I was applying towards. My advisor Cogan also made me aware of different approaches to landing the job I wanted, he introduced me to networking platforms such as LinkedIn where I came across many potential employers and have been keeping updated with the desired industry till this day. He also introduced me to volunteering organisations such as STEM where I can not only inspire the younger generations with my knowledge but also build upon several skills myself.

    What I found most effective was the help I received when having to face interviews for desired job roles. We went through practice interviews to build up a good understanding of what I should have been expecting and this helped greatly but more importantly it gave me confidence in facing such situations. I was extremely nervous when it came to interviews which my advisor was extremely supportive with and helped direct those nerves towards believing in myself more, especially when it was becoming demoralising after searching through so many job vacancies and experiencing unsuccessful interviews over and over.

    With the support and understanding I received, I did manage to secure a great position working within a laboratory which I am enjoying a lot and learning a range of new skills and techniques daily. Although I have managed to achieve the desired role, I am still receiving support from Generation NE Digital Team to make sure I am settling in well and have the reassurance that if I am facing any issues I could always turn to my adviser as he is always only a message or call away.

    This is definitely a service I would recommend to graduates and those that are looking to step foot into their desired industry, whether help is needed for what first steps to take or even discussing how to build up the confidence in yourself. 

    Read Tania Karim's Story