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My life changing year as a Lead intern

calendar15 February 2018

Sarah Elson's avatar Sarah Elson

My life changing year as a Lead intern

It’s always been a lifelong aspiration of mine to work in the charity sector, to get up in the morning knowing what I’m about to do that day is going to make a difference to someone’s life.

After coming across CAP by accident (I saw a sticker on someone’s car and Googled what it was!) I visited the website and ordered a free copy of Nevertheless, CAP founder John Kirkby’s story of how it all started. I was totally blown away by what it meant to step out and trust God and knew that if I was going to start out in the charity sector anywhere, CAP had to be my first port of call! 

Last January I visited CAP HQ for the first time for my Lead interview. From the moment I walked through the door, I knew CAP was something I wholeheartedly wanted to be a part of. As you pass through the various departments, there is such a tangible sense of energy, passion and faith that is infectious. I drove home hoping and praying that this was going to be the next chapter of my life!

There is such a great family feel at CAP, which made it really easy to settle in when I first started in September of last year, despite being in a new job in a new city. The managers really care about you as a person, mentors help sharpen your focus and coaching is available if you want to tackle a specific area of development.

A place of opportunity

If you’re driven and tenacious, there are so many opportunities for the taking, ranging from leading sessions for your fellow interns, volunteering at events like Big Church Day Out and New Wine, promoting CAP in the community through being part of the Speaker team and many more!

So many opportunities: Volunteering at the Bradford Light Church CAP Job Club

A place to be challenged

As part of Lead you get to become a valued member of a department within the charity. It’s fantastic getting to specialise in one area and there really are opportunities to learn something new every day. We have Lead sessions every Wednesday afternoon, where the interns spend time exploring a spiritual development topic. After this we receive professional development training, covering aspects of leadership such as project management, emotional intelligence and communication skills.

We also have a fundraising target to hit by the end of our Lead year. We receive lots of input and encouragement on this during our Lead sessions; a personal favourite of mine was taking part in an idea-generating session and then presenting a pitch to a panel of judges, Dragon’s Den style!

A place to grow

CAP is a great place to grow professionally and spiritually. In addition to learning your role and the training you get on Lead sessions, there are so many other opportunities to develop, ranging from lunchtime seminars, a well-stocked learning and development library and special events with external speakers. Whatever you go on to do after your Lead year, you’ll be well equipped and full of fantastic experiences that are guaranteed to take you far.

A place of fun

Not many workplaces value fun as highly as CAP. We get to work hard and play hard! So far this year I’ve taken part in Nerf wars, lots of serious table tennis, an indoor sports day, Mexican meals (and piñatas), walks in the Yorkshire Dales and absolute Christmas fever! Sunday evening blues aren’t a thing when you work for CAP – we start the week with worship on a Monday morning, which is so energising and a great reminder of the heart behind what we do.

Christmas fever: Building hampers for clients in need at Christmas

The Lead programme is about investing in you, getting to know what really makes you tick and where you want to go. Whether you’re looking for your first career step, a new challenge, or you just want to try something new, Lead provides a great platform to experience an award-winning charity that’s working alongside the Church to change thousands upon thousands of lives. Could it change yours too?

Fancy joining us for a new adventure in September? Click here to find out more about Lead and come along to one of our assessment days.

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