Hi, my name is James. I am a Transition Year student at Drogheda Grammar School. I am also a member of the Drogheda Youth for Sustainable Development Club. I decided to do my work experience placement at ECO-UNESCO because I found the work I was doing there and the skills I was learning to be beneficial for my knowledge of becoming a more sustainable citizen. I also wanted to learn more about how ECO-UNESCO facilitates and teaches young people about the ecology around them and how interconnected the world is.
During my week of work experience, I enjoyed helping to make Youth for Sustainable Development (YSD) summer camp plans for the lead coordinator Aisling, and I was helping to create promotional material for the YSD summer camp. I also appreciated the opportunity to run errands and learn about the organisation and structure of the YSD programme. I enjoyed furthering my knowledge of the UN sustainable development goals.
The work experience taught me valuable skills, including how to properly manage my time, set up a summer camp, use Microsoft SharePoint, research QQI courses, and perform market research. I also learned about the different roles there are in the organisation and the vast range of resources it offers to young people.
I was surprised by the broad role of a YSD coordinator and the different areas of expertise required for this job. Additionally, I was impressed by the number of people ECO-UNESCO reaches and the longevity of the organisation, which I initially thought was only ten years old but has been around for 37 years.
Working at ECO-UNESCO has helped me to become more eco-conscious, and I have improved my organisational skills, computer skills, and ability to complete projects and create plans I also learned leadership skills as well as how to become more creative and think outside the box. I also learned how to adapt to the different type of work I was asked to do over the course of the week, and I also helped to further develop my communication skills.
This work experience has opened up several potential career paths for me, including environmental sciences, where I can learn more about the planet, geography, and the causes and solutions to climate change and how this affects the wider world and how. I am also interested in pursuing a career in environmental law, as I am passionate about protecting the environment and the animals who call it their home. I believe that changing laws and legislation is the key to preserving and protecting the planet for many generations to come because unless the laws change then there will always be a threat to the environment.