Candeece Morrison, a second year Public Health and Community Studies student at Coventry University College, has invested her time and effort supporting young people who suffer from mental health problems by undertaking a work placement at YMCA.
YMCA is the largest and oldest charity that works with young people in the world. Across England there is currently 114 YMCAs, each with a thriving community which aims to transform the lives of young people suffering from mental health issues. YMCA currently reaches and impacts the lives of just under 600,000 people every year.
During her time at YMCA, Candeece worked on several online projects, focusing on; making the charity and its sub-branches more discoverable on the internet and therefore more reachable and accessible to its target audience.
Candeece described how the placement has benefited her:
I’ve really learnt a lot, I feel like I’ve developed new skills and I’ve therefore grown as a person. In all honesty, one of the best things about the placement was how enjoyable it was; I’ve met so many new people and got to work on some really interesting projects.
Candeece went on to discuss how the Careers and Employability centre at Coventry University College who found her the placement could be beneficial to other students:
If there are any students who haven’t yet used the careers facilities I would tell them to go for it, there’s some really good opportunities which will look great on your CV and therefore help with future employment.
YMCA employee Gerald Chifamba who managed Candeece during her placement said:
Candeece has been a great help, she has demonstrated a really good attitude towards the projects she has worked on and the feedback/support she has provided us has been brilliant. I also believe the experience Candeece has received during her placement will serve her well in her future career.
If you’re a Coventry University College student who is looking for help finding work, or a work placement you can contact our careers team on: 02477 659 678 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org