So on Sunday I went to London on a very long and stressful journey to attend the Camp America recruitment fair! I don’t know if anyone has had any experiance with this before but this is just my experiance and thoughts.
So my journey started at 9.30 from my home town Boutnemouth. The journey was long, smelly and full of traffic! I took the coach instead of the train as I saved about 30 quid! When I got to London I was already 25 minutes late thanks to traffic and after a disgusting 30p wee at Victoria Station I started off for Westminster.
Now I don’t know if anyone has ever told you how far Westminster is from Victoria and if they say 5 minutes they are lieing!! I got lost 4 times and after a 45 minute walk I finally got to the QE11 building. Now as you can imagine I’m feeling stressed out in an unknown environment, completely alone! So you can imagine how ‘thrilled’ I was to come across a massive snaking que!
Eventually I got into the building and we were taken up to the 1st floor for a quick intro video and then ushered up to the 3rd floor where all the camps tables were set up. The idea of the recruitment fair is to show off all your skills and bag a place at a camp on the spot. Sound easy? Far from it! I suppose I never anticipated how busy it was going to be! I was looking for a general councellor role and as the camps had already been to Glasgow and Manchester, things were running low!
It was almost a brutal kind of experiance. If they didn’t want you, you were told there and then and they just moved onto the next one. There was no time for sulking, you had to keep moving and sell yourself to whoever would listen! I think it’s a good way for the camps to see how you handle stressful and Unknown situations as they will literally judge you in the first 30 seconds of meeting you.
I actually only managed to speak to 5 camps in total after all the queing and had to leave early to catch my coach home. Unfortunately I didn’t get placed that day (but that doesn’t mean I won’t get a placement) but in a way I’m almost glad as I could observe the goings on from the day.
I literally ran back to Victoria Station and got on my coach with 2 minutes to spare!
I felt a little disappointed with the way things had gone…but partly that was my fault for not expecting the worst and booking my coach home too early! I think the recruitment fairs are a good idea but not for the faint hearted. If you are expecting to go and get placed within ten minutes then please lower your expectations! It’s a dog eat dog atmosphere and you’ve really got to push to be noticed.
Had anyone else had any experiences like this? Leave your comments below, would love to read them! Thanks for reading 😘