My time with Shared Interest
My name is Hattie, and I am currently studying Business
Management at the University Of Newcastle.
When choosing my optional modules in my second year at Newcastle
I chose to go down the route of 'Career Development'. This
involved researching into several different organisations and
spending a minimum of 70 hours with them over the course of the
academic year. I eventually joined as a volunteer with Shared
Interest in September 2012.
My plan is to spend time in the Headquarters in Newcastle on a
weekly basis, working on different projects and help plan/organise
a fundraising event towards the beginning of next year.
Working as a volunteer is something I have wanted to do for a
while, and so combining it with my university degree was a great
way of incorporating it into my weekly routine. For me, working for
an organisation like Shared Interest not only gives me the
satisfaction of knowing I am part of a successful team offering
support to those in developing countries, but also gives me the
chance to improve some of my own skills and achieve my own personal
Being a Business student I am particularly interested in the
'Business' side of Shared Interest. Working with the different
departments on a weekly basis will give me a wider understanding of
a real life organisation, and hopefully give me more confidence for
when I enter the working world having completed my degree. I
am particularly excited to be doing something completely separate
to my life in University, and look forward to getting to know
different people. As well as working on the admin side of things
with Shared Interest, I am excited to actually meet potential and
existing investors through volunteering at events. Going out and
talking about Shared Interest to others will also help improve my
overall understanding of the organisation and hopefully encourage
others to join.
I will be volunteering with Shared Interest for roughly eight
months, and I look forward to telling you more about what I have
been getting up to during my time with the team.