Emily Hagan – Dream Placement Alumni 2018-2019
“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.” That’s how Emily Hagan sums up her experience of Dream Placement.
Aged 17 and in year 13 at the Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton, Emily already had her sights set on a Sellafield apprenticeship in project management – like the 200 other young people who also applied for the role. But Emily is absolutely certain that Dream Placement gave her an edge when it came to the application process.
Now she is in the first year of her 4-year project management apprenticeship which will lead to a degree and a highly sought-after professional qualification, while having the time of her life.
Emily says: “I love what I am doing and I have already learned so much but it was Dream Placement which gave me the boost I needed to get here.”
The application process itself gave her vital skills in how to present her application and herself to prospective employers. Emily actually gained a week’s placement in 2019 with Direct Rail Services learning about their style of leadership and found huge value in meetings with managing director Debbie Francis who took time out from her busy schedule to talk to Emily and her fellow placement not just about what DRS had to offer, but about their own career aspirations.
Emily explains: “I learned so much during the Dream Placement process about the career opportunities in Cumbria and about the workplace environment, things that school simply can’t teach us. It gave me new skills and a huge confidence boost, as well as bringing me into contact with people from so many different businesses.
“For example, someone I now work for within Sellafield was in the audience when I did a presentation at the 2019 Dream Placement celebration event, and he remembered me when I went for the interview. That sort of exposure and experience is invaluable, and it has helped me to secure the career I love right here in Cumbria.”