Before contacting The Prince’s Trust Jeremina went to college to study media and communications hoping to get into radio or TV. After graduating she was actively job searching for a year but found that her lack of contacts in the industry was a sticking point for her and she was beginning to feel very despondent.
‘It wasn’t through lack of trying, I’d definitely been heading my sights high and into something I actually wanted to do. I was trying to reach big: BBC, Sky, Warner Music. When this failed, I went for starter companies as well. I just didn’t want to shy away from anything or undersell myself’
She then did Get Into Radio with Bauer Media and met Prince’s Trust Executive Katie Palfreeman. She encouraged Jeremina to not give up her job search and signed her onto Get Hired. Jeremina was feeling stressed as she was doing so many applications, but no-one was giving her a chance. She was also finding it very hard to manage on the income she was earning from her bar job.
‘There’s only so many applications you can do in a day and there’s always other things going on.”
She went to the job centre weekly for guidance but had felt they weren’t offering her pathways into relevant industries. She credits Katie for taking a more holistic approach and helping her with applications geared towards media whilst talking her through the opportunities Get Hired might present.
“I had to go job centre. They’d argue and there’d be sanctions, a lot of grief all the time. It is annoying though because you get halfway there and then…nothing. It did break my heart a little whenever a company didn’t respond to me. At least with Katie she got me thinking I could get out of the bar and I could say that I’ve applied for this and she’d encourage me to just to keep on applying”
Jeremina was offered a job at NEP Bowtie as a result of the Get Hired day she attended and has also told her best friend to come along as it’s proven so beneficial. She now works as an audio/visual engineer on televised events. Although she had little hands on technical ability before, NEP is a good fit for her as it provides real career prospects and lot of ways to develop.
‘I was so eager to work in media and I now work in the House of Parliament every day – or they take me over to city hall. It’s hard work but I’m learning so much every day and everyone’s really happy to talk to me and give me their time. I’m kind of happy with where I am now’
She credits Get Hired as a chance to show her face and meet the right people in her dream industry. She worries less about her income now and is grateful for the job stability The Prince’s Trust has helped her attain.