A lot has changed in the past few months that has completely changed the way that work, society, and we ourselves function.
In this blog, I will detail a few challenges, unexpected positives, and what I think are important things to consider with taking outreach forward in the next academic year.
Challenges with Work and Life
With work, one of the hardest things was this sense of powerlessness that I felt when all the activities I had planned had to be scrapped pretty much overnight, as well as the dawning realisation that I may never run external trips again for the rest of the project.
Powerlessness also took hold in the sense of not being able to freely see friends and do the out of home activities which would usually re-orient me and provide a breathing space to not think about work and just have fun.
A ‘caterpillar about to enter a cocoon’ moment took place in early April where I knew that change was inevitable and so I went through the grief stages of Denial; Anger; Bargaining; Despair; Acceptance; and Moving Forward which was a painful but necessary process.
This said, I now want to speak more on the unexpected positives that took place.
Moving to the future:
Judah Chandra is a Go Higher Progression Officer in a school where he runs careers programmes for disadvantaged students. He also works as a youth worker with young males through mentoring, anger management sessions, and various boys’ groups.