A (Young) Brave experience - revealed

Hi there! My name’s Ellen and I have temporarily taken over this blog to talk about the experience of the latest (Young) Braves. We are a mix of school and university students, both British and American, who have been working with RB for the past two weeks.

Our project?

To research and give a presentation on young people in the work place, with the aim of encouraging those from the UK and the US to cross their country borders to do it.

What’s it been like?

Our time at RB has been pretty special. The work has been intense, but the atmosphere very relaxed, and we’ve certainly been looked after by the company members. They have continuously plied us with vegan snacks and tea; as a result, we’ve run through the entire stock of Nakd bars in the kitchen.

Experiencing the company’s ethos and ways of working has been especially interesting when compared to other work placements that I’ve done. As the group member with the longest commute (I come from the far-off lands of Ealing in West London), I’ve enjoyed being toured around Hackney and learning about an area that has a lot of innovative ideas going for it. Reluctantly Brave is certainly a reflection of this and I hope it spreads.

What I’ve most appreciated about the company is that there has always been someone to talk to if we need help, or someone checking up on us if we looked lost or stressed. It’s a very supportive environment that has allowed us all to grow as people.

What did we do?

Our work has mainly been based in the UK, with six or more of us sitting around a table bouncing ideas off each other and interviewing our US correspondents. I was one of two project leaders, an opportunity I greatly appreciate, and I’ve loved getting to know my group and working with such a wide variety of opinions and ideas. Considering we’ve only had two weeks, we’ve come together very successfully and I think I’ve made some good friends.

We covered a lot of topics in our discussions. Our opinion on the term ‘Generation Z’ was a big one, an umbrella term that defines our age group as tech-savvy, socially conscious entrepreneurs with short attention spans (not necessarily untrue).

Diversity, support and work-life balance in the workplace were also explored, all things that we felt were greatly helping us in our own project and reflected on the values of our generation. This tied into our work with the US Braves, who as well as giving us some amusing insights into an American perspective of Britain, confirmed to us that many of our ideas were similar even in different parts of the world.

At the end of all this was, of course, our presentation. Our audience included some impressive figures, such as members of the US embassy and of BNY Mellon, as well as most of the RB company.

We were all keen to showcase our knowledge and give the audience something to think about, which naturally led to some nervousness. However, after some practice sessions, as well as some coaching from an RB guest earlier in the week, we pulled it off successfully and ended up having a lot of fun.

What have we learnt?

Interpersonal skills, leadership skills, presentation skills… There’s a long list that could be made out of what we’ve learnt during this project, and yes, they’ll look great on a CV. Like I’ve said before however, the personal growth we’ve been through and been led through is what has made Reluctantly Brave a little bit more special.

I’ve gained some real confidence in myself during this experience, something I wasn’t necessarily expecting but am going to appreciate for a long time yet. What’s made it even better is that I’ve seen it happening in the everyone else too. I’m looking forward to seeing where we all go from here, and in the meantime, I’ll definitely be keeping up with what Reluctantly Brave is doing. Whoever the next group of Young Braves are, they’re in for an amazing time.