A positive growing experience

By: yourtown 08 Jul 2015 BoysTown

A 12 month traineeship at yourtown has made a huge difference to Maddy's life.


Early in 2014 I was handed a survey to fill out which asked for my interests and hobbies. Five months after completing it and not having thought any more about it, I got a call from my now mentor, Cassie, asking if I would be interested in a Business Administration Traineeship at BoysTown. Of course, I said yes!

I’d never had a job before so I didn’t know what to expect when I started here. Without a doubt, my experience with BoysTown has been a positive and memorable one.

The things I’ve learnt whilst at BoysTown seem endless. Not only have my skills and knowledge grown but I have grown as a person too. I was very shy when I first started but the support and encouragement from my supervisor and teammates has been amazing. I feel more confident now, particularly when communicating with my teammates and other colleagues. I've improved my computer knowledge and excelled in my ability to use a variety of different software programs.

Here’s just some of the things I’ve learnt during my time here:

  • Scheduling meetings and booking meeting rooms
  • Taking minutes and notes
  • Data entry of paper-based surveys and forms
  • Editing PowerPoint presentations
  • Completing monthly data reports
  • Researching information online using websites, eBooks and articles
  • Writing and editing a published information resource for parents
  • Conducting administrative tasks
  • Regularly participating in team meetings
  • Editing and re-formatting excel databases
  • Using a range of different software packages
  • Understanding and adhering to workplace health and safety procedures

BoysTown provided me with many opportunities including writing and editing a Hot Topic for the Kids Helpline website which will be very helpful for my future writing career. The chance to do something I really enjoy and learn at the same time was fantastic.

The support offered by team members at BoysTown has been beyond terrific. Maddy, BoysTown Trainee

BoysTown has provided many different experiences and skills for me to take away. It has truly been an incredible year here and the knowledge and aptitudes I have gained are invaluable. Thank you!

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