Get to know our volunteers: Hannah
Last year Hannah spent her work experience at Penrhyn Castle. During which, her fondness and ability in photography shone. So much so that we have invited her back as a volunteer to lead a project to photograph the team at Penrhyn. But before that, we thought it might be nice to know a little bit more about her...
Why did you choose Penrhyn Castle to do your work experience last year?
I chose Penrhyn Castle for my work experience because I felt it would offer a wide range of different experiences that I wouldn't get from other more job specific environments.
How did you find your work experience?
I found my work experience very enjoyable and fun. All of the staff where so welcoming and helpful, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with them. The tasks and activities that I did were varied and I got to see all aspects of the Castle. I was so sad when I had to leave at the end of the week as I felt it simply wasn't long enough.
" I so enjoyed my work experience, it was really nice to hear that what I did was of value to the Castle and that they would like to do more. What makes it even better, is that I am turning my hobby into a possible career path! "
Did it help influence your career path?
My work experience at Penrhyn Castle has lead me to reconsider my career options, as I enjoyed it so much and I felt so happy with the work and tasks I did. I felt as if it was something I could see myself doing and enjoying in the future.
What did you learn as a result of doing work experience?
Whilst working at Penrhyn Castle I learned how important working as a team is and how much time and consideration goes into everything that happens within the Castle.
What do you want to do in the future as a career?
In the future I'm still not completely sure what I would like to do, but I would definitely consider working with the National Trust.
How did you feel when we got back in touch to offer you the chance to volunteer on a project?
I felt really honoured and happy when I heard that they wanted me to come back to volunteer for them again. I so enjoyed my work experience, it was really nice to hear that what I did was of value to the Castle and that they would like to do more. What makes it even better, is that I am turning my hobby into a possible career path!
Would you recommend Penrhyn Castle as a place to volunteer or do work experience?
I would definitely recommend Penrhyn Castle as a place for work experience. It has really helped me to consider what type of career I would like to do in the future and it's given me valuable insight into possible career paths I had not been aware existed before.
What would you like to tell people about what you’ve done/going to do with the National Trust?
I feel privileged to be able to say that I completed my work experience with The National Trust and that I have been able to use my hobby of photography to create a possible career for myself. Volunteering for The National Trust for work experience has made me to want to volunteer again in the future and help in anyway I can. The fact I have been able to work with such an amazing team and make a difference makes me feel extremely privileged!