Taken from an article written by 2016 trainee Emma Ackerley , originally posted on the Conservation Careers website www.conservation-careers.com
Operation New World – How a One-Week Course Changed My Life
So you’ve graduated and were expecting an instant pay-off for all that hard work? But you’ve seen no such thing as of yet. If you’re nodding your head – welcome, friend.
Graduating can be a difficult and confusing time, especially if you’ve never been out of education before. Most of us end up fumbling around in the dark for 6-12 months trying to figure out what we can actually do. Having received erroneous career advice from stagnant career services, I joined an online community of job-related websites. It is here that I discovered Operation New World.
At first glance I thought this cannot be real – a 100% FREE course with senior professionals giving me one to one careers advice. But, my fellow fumblers in the dark, I’m here to tell you I’ve attended such a course – and it is 100% free and 150% real. The charity is UK based and the course is only open to people under 25 and from the UK. Application details will be posted at the end.
Operation New World is a charity set up by Anne Leonard MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) to help the young and unemployed to gain paid work and has been running for 25 years. The course’s two inspiring principal lecturers are Dr Todd Lewis and Dr Colin Bailey, as well as Sgt. Major Pete Rendall. The one-week super intense course I attended on the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands has helped me tremendously by providing me with career direction and key skills for work.
Once we arrived we went straight into a lecture. This lecture probably contained more useful day-to-day job information than my whole degree ever provided me with.
I learnt which areas need to be improved, where and how to gain further traiining if I needed it and various other job positions I had no idea even existed.
Giving our first presentation gave us a lot of things to work on, such as timing, being concise, sticking to the brief, introducing ourselves, having a clear and easy to follow presentation and not having 6 people editing the final layout. By the end of the week, we had learnt to present our ideas clearly and concisely to an audience, a key skill for any job or interview.
On this course I had the most encouraging conversation about my career that I have ever had. Throughout the course the staff helped everyone understand their valuable skills while sharing some their own personal stories.
The course was phenomenal, giving me a real sense of achievement as well as relevant, real-life skills and I’ve never been surrounded by a group of more inspiring, driven and like-minded people. I’ve made friends for life and we will continue to support each other in the coming years. As for Anne, Todd, Colin and Pete, I can never say thank you enough and I only hope this blog post reaches all who need the course in the future.
If you’re reading this blog, don’t give up on finding a career. You can do it and if you need a little extra help see the contacts below. If I could sum up what I’ve learnt from the course in three words, they would be:
I am valuable!
Contact Anne for further details or check out their website: