Campaigning Open To All Cheryl Stagg, Administrative Assistant, Barnardo’s I didn’t go to uni because I wasn’t sure about my career path in school: I went to college and ended up enrolling on an aviation course, which I completed it but it wasn’t really for me. I was keen to make a difference I was motivated to work for a charity in the first place because I was keen to make a difference and decided on a meaningful career. I chose Barnardo’s because it’s a well-known organisation. When I came to Barnardo’s they helped me to apply for the Business Admin apprenticeship vacancy in the office. I was successful. I have good communication skills which have helped me to learn new skills around the workplace. I completed my L2 & L3 Business Administration apprenticeship with the help of Palmersville Training and I am now employed as a full time admin assistant. I have been working in the Charity Sector since October 2011 and really enjoy my job and the challenges that come with it. Doing an apprenticeship I really enjoyed the experience and learning different tasks such as covering reception and collecting evidence for my portfolio. I had lots of support from the staff, including my tutor who I had regular reviews with to go through my learning plan. I felt welcomed and realised that administration was what I wanted to do as a career. If you don’t have a degree and want to work for a charity – go for it I would tell young people to go for it. I didn’t want to do a degree – and now I have a Level 3 in Business Administration and I’ve got a great job at Barnardo’s. I really enjoy my job and every day is different. I’m taking on extra responsibilities and hope to progress in my role in the future.