Whizz-Kidz’s work placements team organises placements for wheelchair users aged 16-25 in all sorts of different sectors. Here, Paige shares her story of her placement at The Telegraph.
I think it’s fair to say my first week at the Telegraph got off to a bit of a shaky start. I’m going be completely honest and say I think I was a little naive in thinking I was going to go into such a big company and settle straight in; it didn’t quite work like that. It was nothing to do with the people working there, or Whizz-Kidz, they were all lovely and made sure I was settled and made me feel so welcome - it was just realizing the enormity of the opportunity I’d been given. I felt so overwhelmed and like I wasn’t good enough.
I decided I needed to get in contact with Whizz-Kidz to tell them of my first-day wobble; they were amazing and invited me over to the office for a chat during my lunch break. After some reassuring words and a cuppa, I was ready to go back and get the best out of the opportunity.
The next few days flew by and as I settled down, I asked more questions and learned so much. I worked on the digital news desk, proof-read some articles and even got a piece of my own published on the website; it’s got my name on it and everything!
Unfortunately I was ill in my second week of placement, but Whizz-Kidz and those at the Telegraph were great. Whizz-Kidz rearranged my transport, I was sent home to rest and my placement was re-arranged.
The next week was spent in the fashion department – which turned out to be the one I enjoyed most. I spent my final week on the film and video desk, where I was able to be more in charge of my own work which was great too.