Serena Ward, who volunteered with the business team at Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) over the summer, talks about her last day with the organisation.
So today is my final day here in the PECT office as a member of the Investors in the Environment team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my two months here and will be sad to leave! I softened the blow to my colleagues by bringing a rather large chocolate cake into the office.
The longer I’ve been here the more my role and responsibilities have grown. Having started out initially competing admin tasks and data entry I’ve since been calculating carbon footprints, getting in touch with the members and actively sourcing out potential new members for the business! I’ve been very lucky to have been trusted with such responsibilities and been able carry out little projects that have caught my eye.
The PECT office has been a fabulous place to work and I hope that once I graduate all offices are as nice as here! From Wednesday's lunchtime yoga to the staff bake off challenge, the PECT office is always a hubbub of activity. It’s just a shame I won’t be able to take part in the final of the bake off due to being back at university and unfortunately couldn't actively courier a cake halfway across the country…
Having spent the summer entertaining my colleagues with interesting facts and stories from my university lectures they suggested I host a lunch and learn for the PECT office. I gave a 30 minute presentation covering various points from my degree – how can we prove climate change is happening? How can we sustainably manage ocean ecosystems? What does it really take to produce an ozone hole? The presentation was concluded with a good discussion on the state of the global environment and whether or not the planet really is doomed!
I’m now heading into my final year at York and it is now my opportunity to start writing my very own dissertation. Continuing on from my time with Investors in the Environment I’m planning to carry out some research into renewable energy opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises. Fingers crossed by May next year I’ll have 8,000 words written!
However before I head back to the hustle and bustle of university I’ve got the small task of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats – here’s hoping there aren’t too many big hills…