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2020 Trainee's Take Flight

Each year we welcome a group of fresh-faced fledging's as part of our Traineeship Program.

It is such a pleasure to watch as these bright young things, usually in their first year out of high school, immerse themselves into a professional environment and quickly become integral parts of our nest. Our trainees are a part of the family during their year at the nest, and come out the other side with a Certificate III in Business Admin and valuable insights on general business practices. It goes without saying, that although our focus is to share as much knowledge and experience with our trainees as possible - we learn an awful lot from them in return!

This year more than ever, we relied on our trainees to adapt and help us make our way through some uncharted territory and without them, we simply would not have made it through 2020! While we wish them all the best and can't wait to see all of the things they achieve, we will be very sad to see them go.

Watching our trainees learn and grow is one of our greatest joys, and we are delighted to share with you some insights into life as a trainee from our 2020 fledglings themselves.

Meet our 2020 Trainees

Connor - Merchandising & Buying Trainee

What do you love most about birsdnest?

There's no lack of personality here, and that is easily what I enjoyed most here.

What did you love most about your role?

Working in two teams, I really valued the variety in my work. It's all work of course, but having a wide range of responsibilities was a boon for my growth and focus.
What was your most memorable moment at birdsnest?

My most memorable moment would be a lunch on the grass with the buying and merch teams. It was the first time I was able to properly relax and get to know the people I was working with, everything got a little bit easier after that.

What was your biggest lesson of 2020?

I learned what I imagine a lot of people learned this year; don't worry too much about everything going to plan. It never will, but that's not something to obsess over.

What's your advice to 2021 trainees?

Breathe. Coming into work for the first time is daunting and you're not going to know everything straight away, so allow yourself time to learn and grow into the challenge.

There's no lack of personality here, and that is easily what I enjoyed most here.
~ Connor

Tiarne - Design/Production Trainee

What do you love most about working with birdsnest?

The culture at birdsnest is amazing. Everyone is always willing to help one another and everyone is always being positive. I particularly had the most amazing, supportive, intelligent team of women to work with throughout my traineeship.  

What did you love about your role?

Working in design I got to see all the behind the scenes of creating a garment. From the first idea all the way until it is selling on the website. It made me feel a sense of accomplishment when it was all done that a small part of my work went into creating something.


What was your most memorable moment at birdsnest?

Oh my gosh, there were so many but probably my 30 second dance parties with Hannah to lift up everyone's spirits with some funky music and dance moves. 

What was your biggest lesson of 2020?

My biggest lesson was that once I learn to overcome obstacles. I can achieve more than I ever thought I could. 

What's your advice to 2021 trainees?

Open yourself up to every single bit of information these birds can give you. They are all so creative and intelligent and you will thank yourself later for it. You will finish your traineeship ready to fly the nest feeling like you have learnt and achieved so much.

My biggest lesson was that once I learn to overcome obstacles. I can achieve more than I ever thought I could. 
~ Tiarne

Josie - Styling/Studio Trainee

What do you love about working with birdsnest?
What I love about working with birdsnest is the endless opportunities you get to learn and grow. The nurturing and inclusive environment that allows you to always feel comfortable, confident and excited to come to work and learn something new, meet someone new and gain new skills. 

What did you love most about your role?
Although 2020 was a tough year for everyone, what I loved about my role this year was the amount of various opportunities I got to learn about different areas of the nest. Video editing, weekly shoots and Thursday afternoon lives have been a highlight of my year. They always came with a daily dose of fun and laughter.

What's your most memorable moment at birdsnest? 
I have a lot of memorable moments from this year, the most memorable would be all the funny laughs and moments we have together on photo shoots. 

What's your biggest lesson of 2020?
My biggest lesson of 2020 would be to go with the flow - especially after the year of 2020. Being able to adapt to the changing times the best you can, cherish, enjoy the little moments and always find time to laugh and smile. 

What advice would you give 2021 trainees?
Advice I would give to the 2021 trainees would be to always ask as many questions as you need, take on new opportunities to the best of your ability and to have fun. This year will be a year of experience, growth and lots of fun

My biggest lesson of 2020 would be to go with the flow - especially after the year of 2020. Being able to adapt to the changing times the best you can, cherish, enjoy the little moments and always find time to laugh and smile. 
~ Josie

Laurence - Warehouse/Operations/IT Trainee

What do you love most about working with birdsnest?
It's a very friendly and supportive work environment, which is really encouraging.
 
What did you love most about your role?
There's a wide variety of things I do each day, be it working in the warehouse, dispatch, or various kinds of IT troubleshooting which keeps things interesting.

What's your most memorable moment at birdsnest?
When I fixed one of the front window display monitors from turning itself off constantly. Figuring out what the problem was ended up being an extended process involving multiple people and a number of different theories. At one point I was blindly pressing buttons on the back (following instructions by phone from somebody on the outside of the building who could actually see what was going on) because we couldn't figure out how to make the remote work. It turned out the solution was extremely simple; disabling a timer hidden in the settings, but it felt immensely satisfying to resolve in the end regardless.

What's your biggest lesson of 2020?
That there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and that even when the world seems terrifying things are usually okay if we just focus on what's in front of us.
Also: with the power of google, anyone can be an IT professional.

What advice would you give 2021 trainees?
I'm not sure I have any advice, I just hope they enjoy it and get as much out of it as I did. 

Also google. It's amazing. 

That there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and that even when the world seems terrifying things are usually okay if we just focus on what's in front of us.
~ Laurence

Maggie - Marketing Trainee

What do you love about working with birdsnest?

I loved getting to know the people, they're pretty awesome. I've learned so much and have gained so much confidence working at birdsnest. Also, using a keycard to get into the building is pretty cool - when you remember your key. 

What did you love most about your role?  

Getting to work with the marketing team was great fun and I loved learning new things. There was a lot of variety in my weekly tasks which made work engaging and enjoyable. The thing I loved most was helping with the Facebook lives, although I never quite got the hang of helping people dress.  

What's your most memorable moment at birdsnest? 

Something memorable, which I wish wasn't so memorable, was when Bronte told me the building was haunted and gave me a very detailed story about the woman that haunts it. Not going to lie, for the 10 minutes I believed her, things got pretty weird.

What's your biggest lesson of 2020?

Don't make plans. Plans died in 2019. Don't feed anxiety with caffeine. You can't get to work when you put diesel in your petrol car. 

What advice would you give 2021 trainees?

Make the most of every opportunity at birdsnest because the year passes by so quickly. Get to know the people because they are awesome. Most importantly, don't listen to Bronte. 

I've learned so much and have gained so much confidence working at birdsnest.
~ Maggie

While we are lucky enough to have some of our trainee's staying on to take on new roles - we're sure that our fledgling's will shine no matter what lies ahead!

Love, the birdsnest girls x

UPDATED: This article was first published on 20th January 2021