As an organisation, we frequently extol the virtues of Cadets to our excellent network of supportive employers. If one is looking to employ, Cadet leavers seem like the obvious choice! By virtue of their Cadet career, skills and characteristics are reinforced or developed that seek to equip the youngsters for their future. We believe Cadets graduate with a superior sense of discipline, time-keeping, commitment, dedication, confidence, initiative and ability to work as part of a team, to lead and to plan. But as useful as proclaiming this message is, there’s nothing quite like living it (the old saying ‘talk the talk, walk the walk’ comes to mind!)
We were therefore thrilled to invite Emily Moore of 2414 (East Kilbride) Air Training Corps Squadron for work experience with our Communications team this November. Emily has recently become a CFAV with the squadron after five years of being a Cadet. Currently studying Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College, Emily had the opportunity to see how her journalism studies could translate into a career in Communications.
Emily said: ‘I had met Kate Johnston, Lowland’s Head of Communications, when I was a Cadet Warrant Officer at 2414 East Kilbride Squadron.
‘Kate had asked me to help with the CARAs (Cadet Adult Recognition Awards) campaign by being part of the launch video. Between takes, I mentioned to Kate that I was interested in journalism and about to start a course in it.
‘Consequently, she invited me to join her for some work experience, explaining that journalism graduates often pursue a career in Communications. I jumped at the prospect and was very happy to take this opportunity.
‘In November I came to Lowland House to join Kate and her team for three days. During this time I was asked to plan a Cadet-themed campaign. Additionally I sat in on a planning meeting and joined Kate on a visit to Firhill Football Stadium.
‘Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and it was interesting to see a lot of what Lowland RFCA does. This experience has taught me a lot that I can take forward into my career!’
Remarking on the experience, Kate Johnston said: ‘Emily’s proactive attitude and enthusiasm were noticeable and unabating throughout the course of her work experience. Confidently and kindly engaging with all members of staff, Emily made an excellent impression upon the team at Lowland House.
‘Most notably, however, was the quality of Emily’s project work. Emily carefully listened to instructions and approached the task of planning a campaign thoroughly. These efforts resulted in a fantastic campaign plan – well done Emily!’
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