I enjoyed it because I got to know new people.
I enjoyed it because I got to know new people.Diletta
Hear Diletta’s HeadStart Action story
How did you feel when you were put forward for lend-lease?
At first, I didn’t really want to do the programme because I wasn’t interested in construction, but the more I got to know about it, the more I became interested in the opportunity.
HeadStart’s launch was what made me want to participate. They gave me confidence in my own ability. What’s best is, Lendlease is not all just about construction!
Can you describe your experience with your Charity Partner?
The charity partner I was Football Beyond Borders, I loved it. They made me feel comfortable working with a group as, normally, I was extremely shy. They really encouraged me and knew I had potential. They helped me overcome my issues with confidence.
How would you describe your experience with HS action in one word?
At first, I thought it was going to be boring, another thing school make you do. I was definitely wrong. I enjoyed it because I got to know new people. Before HeadStart Action, I wouldn’t have ever stood up in class to speak publicly. But now, I put myself forward.
Did you overcome your fears and reach your goals?
Yes. My fear was public speaking, even if it was just one on one. I don’t really do these types of things. When we were working together, I thought to myself, ‘I won’t lose anything by trying’ then FBB made me lead and that meant doing a lot of speaking. That in itself boosted my confidence.
Would you recommend it?
I would highly recommend it because a lot of people in school don’t get chosen to take part in opportunities like this one. When you do, there’s always some hesitancy around taking part. Then you get to know everyone else on the programme and it gives you a boost. Some of the people in my group I had never spoken to and we attend the same school. Now we talk all the time.
Did you find the HeadStart: Action workshops in preparation for the interview helpful? Is there anything we could improve on to help prepare you for the interview?
Yes because I have never had an interview with someone before, but the STAR method really helped. Some of the activities like being in pairs helped me as I could practice the questions with my partner.
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