Darren, Emily, Rafi and Yasmin are some of the year 10 high school students who hung out at FYA for a week of Work Inspiration (our version of work experience). We asked them what surprised them about their time with us. Here’s what they had to say.
1. Teamwork is a big deal, says Yasmin
“Let’s be real: school is a one person sort of thing. YOU go to class, YOU do your own assignments, YOU get graded. Sure, you have some group assignments but at the end of the day it’s all about you. Well, believe it or not, this is not the case at work.
I know, I know. All this time you were trying to become this independent working machine, just to find out it’s not the case out in the real world.
I learnt that FYA is a place of teamwork and collaboration. Nobody at FYA works alone. Your success is your team’s success, and your team’s success is your success. That’s right, everyone’s a winner!”
2. Work is pretty chill, say Darren and Rafi
“After a whole week at FYA, our experience was literally the opposite to what we expected. When we were heading towards the FYA building for our first day, our expectation was that the work environment would feel very boring and serious. We thought the environment would be very white and bland, and we were also expecting lots of physical work.
It turns out work is actually very casual. Our group socialised lots with the staff, laughed at jokes and bonded. We noticed that there wasn’t much physical work, more like learning sessions and extracting lessons by completing tasks. The space is quite aesthetically pleasing, with its nice lighting and great design, although we despised the brick stairs!”
3. Coffee is life, says Emily
“Gosh, work is hard. It’s tiring. There is a huge need for constant concentration. Waking up that hour earlier to beat the traffic coming into the city means missing out on important beauty sleep which teenagers like myself need to ensure they don’t explode.
Coffee fixed all my problems. Mix it with chocolate to taste good, use a keep cup to save the planet, and everyone is happy!”
Words have been edited for brevity and clarity.