Lauren’s Story

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"I just didn't know what I wanted to do after college - I was really, really worried about what I was going to afterwards."

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!"