At the start of December, we were delighted to welcome Eamon into the office for some work experience. We asked him to tell us a little about himself and his experience at Dreamscheme:
Introduce yourself in a sentence
Hello, I’m Eamon, a 16 year old student at Aquinas Grammar school. I study Maths, Psychology and Physical Education at A-level. I am an involved sports person playing both football and Gaelic for club and school.
wHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
A lot of my free time I spend playing sport, whether that be training or playing a match. In my downtime, I enjoy playing FIFA on the Playstation. I love going out with my mates either to town or going out to the football pitches just for a kick about.
what do you want to do when you leave school, and why?
This seems to be the million dollar question. I’m at the stage of my life where I need to know what path I’m going to chose. One of the main areas I want to go into is an area where I can actually make a difference in people’s lives, I don’t want to be stuck behind a desk doing nothing. However, since sport is such a big part of my life I would love to be in a job where I can apply sport to improve the wellbeing of the people I’m working with. Youth work is definitely a job that interests me because its an area where I feel I can help young people and make a difference in their lives.
Who has inspired you in life?
A lot of people inspire me in life. I have role models in school, in my community and people who are famous. For example, I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo because his work ethic is simply unbelievable. He is at training an hour early and stays another hour after to do more training. My Dad also inspires me because at the age of 55 he is still doing 40KM cycles every weekend—I hope I can be as fit as him when I’m his age! I think it's good to have multiple role models because you don't want to base your life around the life of another, instead take something that's good about their personality/behaviour and try to bring it into your everyday life.
what have you learned so far at dreamscheme?
My work placement at Dreamscheme has been a massive learning experience. Youth work has always interested me but I never knew how much work actually goes into making a difference in young people's lives, it's unbelievable the amount of preparation they put into it to get the likes of funding and to set up workshops. Another thing I learnt is that there is a variety everyday in what the workers have to do, some days you will have to go into schools to talk to the kids, some days you need to get funding and others days going on a trip with the kids.
from your experience, what are the biggest challenges facing young people today?
One of the biggest challenges facing young people today is mental health but it’s not the actual illness that’s the challenge, it’s how young people face it and open up about it. One of my close friends has suffered from depression for the last couple of years, but when you get to know him you’d think he’s the happiest man in the world. He only told me about it a couple months ago and the real problem he had was that he had no one to talk to about it. He thought no one would understand or they would think he is ‘weak’. This is why having someone to talk to, whether it be at home, at school or in your community, is so essential for keeping a positive mental attitude and improving mental health.