New JA volunteer inspired to support Manx charity’s work in schools

Thursday 23 May 2019

Junior Achievement worldwide is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. To mark this landmark in the educational charity’s history Junior Achievement Isle of Man has set a target to recruit 100 new volunteers to support its work in the island’s schools.

Caitlin Hume is one such new volunteer. A former QE11 High School student, 21-year-old Caitlin is a recruitment coordinator with Paragon Recruitment and, in 2015, was a member of the winning team in Junior Achievement’s Company of the Year challenge, which tasks students to set up and run their own business then take their product or service to market.

The experience not only brought Caitlin into contact with JA volunteer business mentors but also led her to be better prepared for job seeking. She said: ‘I was inspired to volunteer for Junior Achievement as I’d benefited first-hand from the support of volunteers, which helps to build your self-confidence and develop the skills you’ll need when you start work.

‘Taking part in the Company Programme gave me my first insight into the business world and the role of volunteers. I discovered how volunteers not only prepare you for dealing with business professionals which, without that support, could have been an intimidating experience, but they also help to make you more employable. Volunteers brought me into contact with “the real world of work” and as a result I felt more confident when I went for my interview at Paragon.’

Paragon director Debbie Scrimshaw said: ‘When interviewed Caitlin showed a confidence and good understanding of the demands of modern-day business, which clearly had been developed through her taking part in the Company Programme. The skills she learnt in that process are now serving her extremely well as a valued member of our team.’

Caitlin continued: ‘I found the volunteer support really valuable and it’s been great for my personal development, so I want to give something back and share my experience because I know just how inspiring a volunteer can be to young people starting out in their careers.’

JA welcomes volunteer applications from people of all ages, in employment or retired, from all business backgrounds.

To find out more, contact volunteer and events coordinator Jo Pack, 666266, jo.pack@jaiom.im

Each academic year educational charity Junior Achievement runs classroom-based programmes to help more than 5,500 students in the Isle of Man make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling them to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed. Find out more at jaiom.im