My Fortnight with Shared Interest
My name is Kelly and I have been a Shared Interest volunteer for
just over a year.
This July, the team at Shared Interest kindly took the time to
give me a two- week placement with head office. I enjoyed speaking
to employees and seeing how their roles contribute to the everyday
running of the organisation.
I am a Business graduate, so I was very interested to see the
operational side of Shared Interest as a financial organisation. I
spent time with each department, understanding how the business
model works, from investment made by people living in the UK, to
organising payments to buyers and producers; and how that money is
repaid so the process can start again.
I was especially interested in how the Customer Service Team
operates, as they are at the forefront of dealing with fair trade
businesses that lend from Shared Interest. What intrigued me most
about the whole experience, were the mechanisms and safeguards
Shared Interest have in place to protect investors' capital, and
how all departments have to work closely together for one main
I was lucky enough to attend a presentation from two members of
staff who had just returned from Swaziland. It was amazing to see
what they had experienced and also look at some of the handcraft
products they brought back from their trip.
Overall the experience was amazing and the staff were extremely
helpful in giving me a full view of how Shared Interest works here
in the UK to finance fair trade businesses overseas.
Shortly after my placement, I was offered a graduate job in
Luton and am currently preparing to make the big move from North to
South. The placement really helped me visualise what businesses
expect, and how they are run. From that I was able to really hone
my skills and look at what I could offer to other companies in
order to kick start my career. Thank you Shared Interest!