Our Administrative Assistant, Matthew, is now halfway into his 6 month internship as part of the Creative Employment Programme, here he shares his reflections and highlights, and looks ahead to the next 3 months!
I’m now halfway through my internship at soundLINCS and it feels like I’m in an exciting transitional phase here, beginning to settle into a rhythm and find my place within the team whilst being offered new challenges each day.
A keen ear for music first drew me to the position, and it has been great to learn about the workings of a company that provides music as a means of expression and development at a local and regional level.
My position as Administrative Assistant has me in amongst the nuts and bolts of the company, and it affords a great view of the work going on both in our office in Lincoln and via the network of events and workshops provided by our facilitators across the East Midlands – as I often assist the communication between the two. In just three months I’ve been offered the chance to be involved in a diverse range of activities and projects.
Of these, Near Now Know How was one of the most significant. soundLINCS was one of sixteen organisations involved in the event over the last year, working to create a concept that might enhance services through up-to-the-minute and developing digital technologies. This culminated in a three-day build event with six finalists in Nottingham, quickly creating and pitching a prototypal version of our concept. It turned out to be a great opportunity to provide some technical assistance and to contribute creatively to an exciting and innovative digital application.
Following on from that work I’m now getting more involved in soundLINCS’ design and layout work – including the creation of a resource pack that utilises the PECS (Picture Education Communication System) language; a communication system commonly used as an aid for SEND children and young adults.
Another key part of my time with soundLINCS has been the intern meet sessions I’ve been attending across the region. Arranged under the banner of the Creative Employment Programme, interns from around the East Midlands get together every six weeks to share experiences, network, and spend the day learning new skills through a variety of workshops, talks and tasks.
These have been brilliant in terms of meeting and conversing with other people my age who are similarly interested in working in the cultural sector, and the sessions are always fresh and incisive in terms of content. I’ve learned a lot from them in a short time.
Looking ahead, I’m mostly hoping that the second portion of my internship is as interesting as these first 3 months have been. Even the more routine aspects of the job have helped me to hone skills, or have introduced me to new ones to add to a growing toolkit – and I’m excited to find more time to take on more involved or complex tasks.
I’m also hoping to have the chance to kick my feet out from under my desk and go out into the field to see more soundLINCS sessions being delivered. And of course I’m excited for FAB! at the Lincolnshire Showground’s EPIC Centre in March. It’s a large scale, full day event with activities and awards for Looked After Children in Lincolnshire, managed by soundLINCS which I’ll be helping organise and run!