4 August 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 40

Sinéad Owens, WheelWorks

I really cannot believe that this is my last day as the Creative Intern here at WheelWorks and because of that I want to dedicate this blog to my overall experience.

This time last year I was graduating from Queens University with a head full of confusion and not a notion as to what I actually wanted to do with my career. I certainly didn’t think that a year later I would have gained some all important life experience working in a professional environment. In these last ten months I have learnt more than I could have wished for, both professionally and personally. I have been taught how to project co-ordinate, manage a budget, complete funding applications, fill out funding reports and research other sources of funding among many other things. At the beginning of the programme we (creative interns) set ourselves a series of SMART goals. I honestly didn’t think that after ten months I would have reached all the goals I set myself but I was wrong! I have achieved so much in such a short space of time and it has made me realise just how lucky I was to be given this opportunity.

My experience as an Arts & Business NI Creative Intern has been invaluable and has surely helped me progress in the Arts Industry. The assistance and expertise that Arts & Business NI provided during this programme was nothing short of brilliant. From inviting us to master classes and seminars to just a friendly meeting to offer advice, the staff at Arts & Business NI have been incredibly helpful. Through A&B NI we were given the chance to network with inspirational fundraisers, staff members from other organisations and of course our business mentors; who all shared priceless advice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vincent McCann for all the help he gave me through this process. I really do appreciate all the learning that took place during our meetings and I know it will be hugely beneficial to my future.

Of course I have to give a special mention to my colleagues here at WheelWorks who have really been unbelievable. From day one they made me feel part of the team and I can honestly say that even after every stressful funding application, funding report and those all important deadlines, I have enjoyed every minute of working here these past ten months. The guidance and support I have received from each and every member of the team has made me feel incredibly privileged to know them and I can’t thank them enough. I have said it before, but it is true, I feel so blessed to have been placed in such a positive work space with co-workers who are enthusiastic and passionate about the work they do and the people they are helping.

Anyone who is thinking of doing an internship like this, I urge you to do so. It has been a fantastic experience. The indispensable learning and opportunities that were made available to me through this internship have provided me with a unique understanding that I might not otherwise have got.

Although this is my last day as the Creative Intern here at WheelWorks, I could not be more delighted to say that, from tomorrow on, my new job title is the Arts Development Officer for WheelWorks.

Both Arts & Business NI and WheelWorks have helped me pave the way to my future and for that I am extremely thankful. 

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