I can see from many of the responses on here, that many have already applied - i'm yet to apply, so I'd better get cracking with that.
A few things I wanted to mention, of personal concern for me:
- What are other peoples educational background / degree subject?
Mine is in Digital Design / Creative Arts, so probably a bit different to a lot of peoples (so slightly disconcerting to me), and a little bit harder to try and relate back to something in demonstrating relevant experiences, in the application.
- What sorts of experiences do other people have to draw on?
I'd imagine many people have already volunteered or gained something through placement. I graduated in like 2016, and have only really done hospitality work ever since (sigh!), so its really hard for me to relate that back to leadership or anything that can be linked back. I am however, volunteering very soon in Peer Support with Vulnerable adults (fingers crossed), so it is something to talk about at the AC (if I get through).
- Does anybody have any advice on / best practise for answering questions? They recommend STAR.
I'm god-awful at this kind of stuff really. I do have some experiences in leadership (volunteered in students union as Course Rep), so I am a leader of sorts, but more in advocacy / student politics. It is very hard to relate this back to having 'led a team'.
Question for those already on the scheme: Does Think Ahead place value on 'lived experiences'? (So like, personal experience of mental health, complex needs, and hardship?).
I say this, because my application will likely rely heavily on my own personal struggles, and how I have overcome said challenges. I think this may stand me in a good position, but I dont just want to rely solely on this.
I am also slightly concerned about not been placed in my home geographical location; thats mainly because I live with my partner, and probably couldn't afford to relocate and live on my own. Especially if I was in London! I am hoping to be placed somewhere in the North - hopefully North West or Yorkshire (near my family).
Also, who's dreading the video submissions??
Sorry for all my questions - good luck to all those still applying or waiting!