Time to make a change

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Laura Miller

Change100 internship - interview with Anthony AbbottThis year Simplyhealth is taking part in the Change100 internship programme through Leonard Cheshire Disability. Change100 is a paid internship scheme designed to support the career development of talented university students with any disability or long term health condition.

Southampton Solent University student Anthony Abbott has undertaken a two-month internship in our IT department.

Anthony, who is about to begin the third year of his Business Management degree, is keen to develop his IT knowledge.

Anthony said: "My two key objectives during my internship were to work with the IT Service Desk on a project to strengthen the value of the information we provide through our self-help Service Desk Portal, this involves designing templates for FAQs documents to help staff across the business find a solution to their IT problem. Through this project I've also learning about a new collaboration solution IT are using and had to give some feedback on how to best roll it out across the business.

"I've really enjoyed my placement, particularly working with people in other parts of the business and supporting them. It's also given me a level of responsibility which I've enjoyed. Working at Simplyhealth has also taught me how to better manage my own time and this is something I will take with me when I return to university."

While in IT, Anthony reported to and is supported by Chris Dale, Head of Solution Design. Chris said: "I'm really proud to be part of this programme. Anthony hit the ground running. It's a great opportunity to tap into a source of great talent that will be shortly looking to enter the workplace. A great advantage of having Anthony with us is that it gave us an external viewpoint on what we are trying to achieve and Anthony has been great at coming forward with suggestions and highlighting any concerns."

As part of his internship, Anthony, who has dyslexia, is also supported by a mentor, Sarah Davis, based in Simplyhealth's Customer & Client Accounts Servicing department, who will continue to work with Anthony for one year.

Sarah said: "Anthony was paired with me because I am a team leader which is something he aspires to be. We both have dyslexia and we found we had an instant connection. Meeting Anthony has been brilliant and he has revolutionised himself since being with Simplyhealth. I have learnt a lot from Anthony and I'm really excited to be working with him and catch up monthly until next September."

To find out more about the Change 100 internship programme visit www.leonardcheshire.org