"I just didn't know what I wanted to do after college - I
was really, really worried about what I was going to
Just as for a lot of 18 year-olds, deciding on the right
direction to take after leaving education was a stressful and
confusing problem for Lauren.
Luckily for her, she bumped into Tony - a Right Futures
Adviser - at a local jobs fair.
Right Futures helps 16-19 year-olds in London
to kick-start their careers. As soon as Tony mentioned the idea of
starting an Apprenticeship to Lauren she was sold. She had a keen
interest in photography and, together, they mapped out how she
might be able to start pursuing it as a profession.
First, she did some work experience to boost her CV. "Tony
really helped me a lot in getting work experience. For two weeks I
did worked in Box Park in Shoreditch just to get a bit of
experience of arts and photography in general. That's what I
needed to do to boost up my confidence and meet new people."
Meanwhile Tony helped her apply for a Photography Apprenticeship
with a local provider. He helped her write her application and
practice for the interview - just to improve her confidence. And
she was successful!
Lauren is now happy gaining hands-on experience of working as a
photographer, as well as developing her skills, technique and
knowledge in special classes. Her portfolio is expanding and she
has dreams of becoming a full time landscape photographer.
"I'd encourage somebody to join Right Futures because it really
helped me to go in the right direction with what I like to do in
the future. I'd adviser anyone to do an Apprenticeship because that
way they can learn and earn."
"It was a good thing I found my Adviser Tony
otherwise I wouldn't know what I'd be doing right now!"