9 June 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 32

Rebecca Hobbs, Wales Millennium Centre

It's that time. The end of the internship is fast approaching and it is time to start making those life affirming decisions. Thankfully, I have a circle of hugely supportive people around me who not only have helped me to develop my own understanding and respect for this field of work but have helped me to become more self-assured and confident in my own ability. I was welcomed into the WMC family from the word go and have learned so much from being embedded in such a diversely talented team who have gone out of their way to help me get the best out of my experience.

Outside of the office, my monthly meetings with business mentor Paula Morris have provided a sounding board, enabling me to test ideas and discuss anything and everything in a confidential environment separate from the Centre and this is one of the key benefits of the A&B scheme.  Paula’s vast experience and insight into the business world has stretched my own thinking and has been hugely helpful for expanding my own personal network and approaching future employment.

But the fun never stops here and the internship shows no sign of slowing down. This week we are amidst Cardiff's first international Festival of Voice. Five days in and I can say that I have worked in an individual giving, business development and research capacity. I worked the inaugural Festival launch, welcoming our funders to the Old Library, I've seen pop up opera, hosted corporate guests, sang Roald Dahl inspired songs with 3,000 children across Wales and watched Patrick Jones’ tale of a choir for individuals living with dementia with new music commissioned by the Manic Street Preachers. This week perfectly demonstrates how the role of fundraiser continues to excite and challenge in the most unexpected ways and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week is going to bring. 

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