A blog by Nancy Eaton a year 12 student at Lagan College
Some people find the prospect of work experience quite daunting. I will not deny that I felt that way on my first day as well. I was going to the Integrated Education Fund or the IEF, and was very interested to see how the organization worked. I am very passionate about integrated education myself, being a student at Lagan College. But I was nervous. I had never worked in a singularly adult environment before.
However, I found that everyone was extremely friendly, welcoming, and relaxed.
I particularly enjoyed a meeting where we met a political advisor and journalist. I did not feel bored at all in his company, as he is a very flamboyant personality, with an outlandish character and a tendency to positively scrutinise, as well as tell things as they truly are. In the meeting they discussed Northern Ireland’s troubled politics and the difficult way that integrated education fits into that equation today. He stated that some communities, political parties, and politicians feel that a compromise is a loss in many situations in politics today and then often act over aggressive about what they want. I would agree with that, but also say that people only ever lash out in anger when they are afraid of change. I found his words refreshingly honest and daring, and I hope I have learnt some important lessons and skills which will help me in the future. (more…)